Former Cougar middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock was one of four Cougars selected to the Mountain West Conference Women's Volleyball All-Decade Team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Mountain West Conference in 2008-09, the MWC has announced its women's volleyball All-Decade Team, honoring four Cougars among the best in the MWC since the formation of the league. Middle blockers Nina Puikkonen (1997-2001) and Lindsy Hartsock (2002-06) along with setter Lauren Richards Evans (2001-05) and outside hitter Chelsea Goodman (2004-07) represented BYU on the team, which included 14 players in addition to a designated setter and libero.
Members of the team were selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel as well as an online fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have been a first-team All-MWC selection at least once in their careers. See below for the complete team roster. Anniversary teams will be chosen for each of the 19 conference-sponsored sports during the 2008-09 season in celebration of the Mountain West's 10th anniversary.
Chelsea Goodman (2004-07)
A two-time All-American and three-time All-MWC selection, Goodman finished her BYU career ranked seventh all-time in program history in career kills (1,493), fifth in career kills per game (3.92) and sixth in career digs (1,100). Her career kills and kpg marks are fourth in MWC history while her career dig tally is second, just nine off the league record. A dominant presence on the outside, Goodman set the MWC career double-double record with 57. She was named an all-conference selection three times and earned All-Region honors twice. After receiving American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention as a junior, her career culminated in an AVCA All-America Third Team selection in 2007. In addition to her prowess on the court, Goodman exemplified extraordinary leadership and academic skills during her Cougar career. The two-time team co-captain earned Academic All-MWC accolades three times.
Lindsy Hartsock (2002-06)
A 2005 All-American and 2004 Blocker of the Year, Hartsock finished her BYU career ranked fourth all-time in program history in career total blocks (595), career block assists (555) and career block average (1.43). She also holds the third- and sixth-best season hitting percentages in Cougar history with marks of .444 and .389 in 2005 and 2006, respectively, while appearing in the BYU record book a total of 10 times. A dominant presence in the middle, Hartsock earned a host of honors during her stellar career including MWC Player of the Year, MWC Freshman of the Year, All-MWC and All-West Region while consistently ranking among the nation's best in hitting percentage and blocking. She finished 17th nationally in 2006 and second in 2005 in hitting efficiency and was second in the nation in blocks and 25th in hitting in 2004 while being one of only three players to total more than 200 blocks that season.
Nina Puikkonen (1997-2001)
A three-time All-American and BYU's all-time leader in blocks per game (1.87) and career hitting percentage (.349), Puikkonen (now Nina Mortensen) was a four-year starter from 1998-2001. During her career as a Cougar, Mortensen helped guide the team to two conference championships and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cougars never dropped out of the top 25 rankings and were listed as high as No. 5 while Mortensen played. During her stellar playing career, Mortensen earned a host of honors including MWC Player of the Year; All-MWC Tournament Team to complete a four-year all-conference career; MWC leader in kills, blocks and hitting; academic all-conference honors and second-team Verizon Academic All-District VIII. She was the only player to be selected AVCA National Player of the Week twice in one year.
Lauren Richards Evans (2001-05)
A three-time All-MWC selection, Richards Evans finished her BYU career third all-time in career assists per game with 12.29 and fourth all-time in career assists with 4,056 despite playing outside hitter during her freshman season. She received honorable-mention All-America honors in addition to American Volleyball Coaches' Association All-Region honors as a senior after leading the MWC and ranking 19th in the nation in assists per game (13.12) while pacing the Cougars to the country's 17th-best hitting percentage (.274). Her 13.12 apg that season ranks third all-time at BYU. As a junior, she led the league in aces per game (0.50) while coming in third in apg (12.45) and helping the Cougars record the nation's 19th-best hitting percentage at .277. She made her setting debut as a sophomore in 2003, earning All-MWC honors as one of only three sophomores on the 16-member team.
MWC Women's Volleyball All-Decade Team
Player Position School Years Played in MWC All-Conference
Chelsea Goodman Outside Hitter BYU 2004- 2007 2005, 2006, 2007
Lindsy Hartsock Middle Blocker BYU 2002- 2006 2004, 2005, 2006
Nina Puikkonen Middle Blocker BYU 1999-01 1999, 2000, 2001
Lauren Richards-Evans Setter BYU 2001, 2003-05 2003, 2004, 2005
Mekana Barnes Middle Blocker Colorado State 2005-07 2006, 2007
Courtney Cox Outside Hitter Colorado State 1999-01 2000, 2001
Angela Knopf Middle Blocker Colorado State 1999-01 1999, 2000, 2001
Tess Rogers Outside Hitter Colorado State 2002-05 2003, 2004, 2005
Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon Outside Hitter/Mid. Blocker Colorado State 2001-04 2002, 2003, 2004
Aspen McPartland Middle Blocker San Diego State 2000-03 2002, 2003
Maria Aladjova Outside Hitter UNLV 2004-07 2005, 2006, 2007
Lauren Miramontes Middle Blocker UNLV 2003-07 2005, 2006, 2007
Shelly Sommerfeldt Outside Hitter Utah 2002-05 2003, 2004, 2005
Kim Turner Middle Blocker Utah 2000-03 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Setter: Melissa Courtney Colorado State 2001-04 2002, 2003, 2004
Defensive Specialist/Libero: Jada Walker UNLV 2004-07 2006, 2007