Goodman Receives All-America Recognition

BYU outside hitter Chelsea Goodman has received two All-America citations. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU outside hitter Chelsea Goodman has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine for her outstanding play during the 2006 season, receiving All-America Honorable Mention from both organizations.

"I'm excited that Chelsea has received recognition for what we felt was a wonderful junior year," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "She has done so much for our team throughout her career that makes this award very fitting. I know that she's not done and will continue to guide this program and build upon the foundation she helped establish this season."

A staple of both the BYU front row and back row, Goodman helped the Cougars achieve a 25-6 overall record this season, including their 23rd NCAA appearance in the 26 years of the event.

Goodman, from Mesa, Ariz., earned AVCA All-West Region First Team and All-Mountain West Conference recognition after leading the MWC 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 18 double-doubles on the year, bringing her career total to 34, which ranks third all-time in MWC history. Goodman, who was twice named the MWC Player of the Week, also recorded 20 or more kills in seven matches this season, including a career-high 27 against TCU -- the most by a Cougar since 2003.

"It's an honor to be recognized," said Goodman. "I really could not have done it without my teammates. Everyone on our team deserves this award and has helped me become the player and person that I am."