Former Cougars Earn WAC Honors

Amy Steele-Gant is one of four former Cougars named to the 15-Year All-WAC Team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Four former BYU volleyball players were honored for their prestigious careers last week by being named to the All-Western Athletic Conference 15-Year Team.

Charlene Johnson (91-94), Korie Rogers (95-98), Tia Nieminen (88-92) and Amy Steele-Gant (94-97) were each selected to the second team, placing four Cougars among the 13 athletes honored. The teams were selected by fans who voted on the WAC's website throughout the month of January.

Johnson, a four-time AllAmerican and 2000 U.S. Olympic team member, was the WAC freshman of the year in 1991 and earned conference Player of the Year accolades after her senior season in 1994. She led her team to the NCAA Final Four in 1993 and was named to three NCAA All-Tournament teams during her career. Johnson is second all-time at BYU in career assists (5,321) and third in career digs (1180).

Rogers, also a four-time All-American and two-time All-District selection, received First Team All-WAC honors her junior and senior years and a Second Team nod as a sophomore. She was named to two NCAA All-Tournament teams and played for the U.S. National Team after graduating in 1998. Rogers led BYU in digs during her junior campaign with 331 and as a senior with 351.

Nieminen received All-American accolades as a sophomore and as a senior as well as being named All-District both seasons. She was the WAC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1992 and received conference honors in the High Country Athletic Conference as a freshman. Nieminen is all over the BYU record books as she ranks third all-time for kills in a match with 35 vs. Colorado State in 1990, third for kills in a season with 653 in 1990, second and fourth in kills per game over a season with 5.22 in 1990 and 4.92 in 1992, third in career kills with 1,770, fourth in career aces with 162 and second in career digs with 1,269.

Gant received All-American honors five times in her career and was a two-time Academic All-American as well as being named All-District three times. She earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors twice in her career and was a two-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection. Gant was named the WAC Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997 and played on the 1998 U.S. National Team after graduation. She is fourth all-time at BYU in career kills with 1,755 and career kills per game (3.95) and third in career blocks with 694 and blocks per game (1.56).

15-Year all-WAC Teams

First Team

Heather Bown, Hawai'i, 1998-99

Nikki Hubert, Hawai'i, 1996-98

Lily Kahumoku, Hawai'i, 1999-00, 2002-03

Kanoe Kamana`o, Hawai'i, 2003-Present

Angelica Ljungquist, Hawai'i, 1993-96

Kim Willoughby, Hawai'i, 2000-03

Second Team

Joslynn Gallop, San Jose State, 1997-00

Charlene Johnson, BYU, 1991-94

Tea Nieminen, BYU, 1990-92

Rebeca Pazo, Rice, 2001-04

Korie Rogers, BYU, 1996-98

Amy Steele-Gant, BYU, 1994-97

Tricia Tuley, Fresno State, 1993-96