Four Cougars Earn All-MWC Honors

Four Cougars earned ALl-MWC honors this season including (from left to right) Rachel Dyer, Lindsy Hartsock, Chelsea Goodman and Erica Lott.

LAS -- Four Cougars were honored Wednesday night at the Mountain West Conference Championship Banquet as senior Lindsy Hartsock, juniors Chelsea Goodman and Erica Lott and sophomore Rachel Dyer received All-MWC accolades. The quartet helped BYU earn a 24-4 overall and 13-3 league record during the regular season as well as a national ranking as high as No. 16.

"All four of these student-athletes have done a nice job this season," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "Their success is reflective of the success of our program. I'm proud of them, happy for them and excited to get this Tournament started."

Hartsock, the only senior on this season's All-MWC team, received her third all-conference award after leading the league in hitting percentage throughout the entire regular season, ending with a .394 mark overall and a .372 efficiency in conference play. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker also finished third in blocking and was ranked among the top 15 nationally in both categories during the year. She will end her BYU career ranked fourth all-time for the Cougars in total blocks and blocking average.

"This is a really great honor," said Hartsock. "This year especially has really been a team effort. I'm excited to be honored, but it's really the team that matters."

Goodman, a repeat All-MWC selection, led the league in kills per game and points as well as being ranked among the top 10 in aces and digs per game. The powerful outside hitter racked up a league-leading 16 double-doubles on the year, bringing her career total to 32, which ranks fourth all-time in MWC history. Goodman, who was twice named the MWC Player of the Week, also recorded 20 or more kills in six matches this season, including a career-high 27 against TCU -- the most by a Cougar since 2003.

"I feel honored to receive this award," said Goodman. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates. I'm very fortunate to be part of such a great team."

Lott, another repeat selection, made a switch from the outside to the rightside in the offseason and came up big for the Cougars all year long. After earning MVP honors in both of BYU's preseason tournaments, she finished the regular season ranked third in the league in both kills and points and ninth in blocks. Lott, who received MWC Player of the Week honors after leading BYU to a win over then-No. 4 Stanford, topped the 20-kill mark four times this season while racking up eight double-doubles.

"It's good to know that I was able to help my team," said Lott. "This award and the fact that we had four players honored is really a testament to how good we are as a team."

Dyer, a sophomore middle blocker making her first appearance on the All-MWC Team, finished the season ranked third in the league in hitting percentage and sixth in blocks. Despite missing five matches due to injury, she hit .500 or above six times while reaching double-digit kills seven times and double-digit blocks once with a career-high 12 against Wyoming.

"I'm really excited to receive this award," said Dyer. "I really didn't expect it. It's a tribute to our team and our success as a whole."

Utah, the 2006 MWC Champions with a 16-0 record, took home all three individual awards as sophomore outside hitter Airial Salvo earned Player of the Year honors, setter Sydney Anderson was named the Freshman of the Year and head coach Beth Launiere received Coach of the Year accolades. The Utes placed a league-high five student-athletes on the All-MWC team followed by BYU's four, UNLV with three and Colorado State with two. Eight juniors, four sophomores, one senior and one freshman made up the 14-member all-conference squad.

2006 MOUNTAIN WEST ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Name School Class Pos. Hometown

Rachel Dyer BYU So. MB Encinitas, Calif.

Chelsea Goodman* BYU Jr. OH Mesa, Ariz.

Lindsy Hartsock** BYU Sr. MB Inkom, Idaho

Erica Lott* BYU Jr. OH Orem, Utah

Mekana Barnes CSU So. MB Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Tonya Mokelki CSU Jr. RS Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Maria Aladjova* UNLV Jr. OH Sophia, Bulgaria

Lauren Miramontes* UNLV Jr. MB Upland, Calif.

Lori Baird Utah So. MB Murray, Utah

Airial Salvo* Utah So. OH Farmington, Utah

Emillie Toone Utah Jr. MB American Fork, Utah

Whitney Webb Utah Jr. OH/MB Gilbert, Ariz.

Setter -- Sydney Anderson, Utah Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah

Libero -- Jada Walker, UNLV Jr. Palmdale, Calif.

Player of the Year

Airial Salvo, OH, Utah

Freshman of the Year

Sydney Anderson, S, Utah

Coach of the Year

Beth Launiere, Utah

*notes repeat selection

**notes three-time selection