Four Cougars Recognized by the MWC

Freshman middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock took home the MWC Freshman of the Year award on Wednesdady night. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SAN -- At the Mountain West Conference pre-championship banquet Wednesday night, four members of the BYU women's volleyball team were announced as recipients of individual conference awards.

Cougar senior co-captains rightside hitter Carrie Bowers and libero Uila Crabbe were each named to the 2003 All-MWC Volleyball Team. Sophomore setter Lauren Richards rounded out the contingent on the All-MWC Team. Crabbe is a two-time All-MWC honoree, while Bowers and Richards were named for the first time. Freshman middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock was named 2003 MWC Freshman of the Year.

"The players on our team work so hard, it's nice to see some of that hard work recognized," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "None of this would be possible, though, if we weren't playing well as a team."

Crabbe leads the MWC in digs per game (3.65) and overall digs (358). On Nov. 7 against Utah, Crabbe put up her 1,000th dig, to become only the sixth ever Cougar to do so. With nine digs, she is set to pass Caroline Bower for fifth all time. With 44 more digs, Crabbe has a change to set the single-season digs mark in BYU history.

Bowers is ninth in the MWC in hitting (.298), is third on the Cougars in kills per game (2.80) and fourth in blocks per game (0.93).

Richards led BYU to a .258 hitting percentage and over the course of the season, she has demonstrated her versatility as a player that has a solid all-around game. On the year, Richards is averaging 11.39 assists, 1.57 kills, 1.95 digs and 0.83 blocks per game.

BYU middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock ranked third in hitting percentage (.357) and fourth in blocks (1.27 per game) in taking home the Freshman Player of the Year MWC. Hartsock marks the first Cougar freshman of the year since Sunny Mahe was named MWC Freshman of the Year in 1999.

All-MWC Team

Lauren Richards, So., S, BYU

Uila Crabbe, Sr., L, BYU

Carrie Bowers, Sr., OPP., BYU

Melissa Courtney, Jr., S, Colorado State

Tess Rogers, So., OH, Colorado State

Katie Jo Shirley, Jr., MB, Colorado State

Shelly Sommerfeldt, So., OH, Utah

Kim Turner, Sr., MB, Utah

Jackie Morrill, Sr., L, Utah

Aspen McPartland, Sr., MB, San Diego State

Megan Schauermann, Sr., MB, San Diego State

Delavane Diaz, Sr., OH, Air Force

Leiana Oswald, Sr., OH, UNLV

Sara Maytorena, Jr., OPP., Wyoming

MWC Co-Players of the Year

Kim Turner, Sr., MB, Utah

Melissa Courtney, Jr., S, Colorado State

MWC Freshman of the Year

Lindsy Hartsock, Fr, MB, BYU

MWC Libero of the Year

Jackie Morrill, Sr., L, Utah

MWC Setter of the Year

Melissa Courtney, Jr., S, Colorado State