Senior outside hitter Chelsea Goodman was one of three Cougars named to the 2007 All-MWC Team, her third such award. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
LAS -- Three Cougars were honored Wednesday night at the Mountain West Conference Championship Banquet as seniors Chelsea Goodman and Erica Lott and junior Rachel Dyer received All-MWC accolades. The trio helped BYU earn a 20-6 overall and 12-4 league record during the regular season with a ranking as high as No. 9 in the nation.
Goodman, a three-time All-MWC selection, set the league career double-double record this year with 53 to date, including an MWC-leading 19 in her senior campaign. The outside hitter from Mesa, Ariz., ranked among the conference's top 10 in kills, aces, points and digs this year and was honored as the MWC Player of the Week once. She recorded 20 or more kills in four league matches, including a season-high 23 winners in BYU's win over No. 25 UNLV. She also posted a triple-double at Utah with 21 kills, 11 digs and 12 blocks to help the Cougars earn their first win in Salt Lake City since 2001. Goodman will finish her Cougar career ranked among the top six all-time in league history in career kills and career kills per game.
"This is a great honor," said Goodman. "I'm just really proud of our team. This is a tribute to how hard we have worked and the job that we did this year."
Lott, another three-time selection, tallied five double-doubles while posting 3.37 kills and 2.19 digs per game in league play. The senior rightside hitter came on especially strong during BYU's seven-match win streak to end the regular season, posting double-digit kills in the last five matches while leading the Cougars three times. In all, she reached double figures in the kill column in 13 of the 15 conference matches she played in with a season-high 22 coming in BYU's comeback win at San Diego State. The Orem, Utah, native ranks among the league's top five in career kills.
"It's good to know that I was able to help my team," said Lott. "In my eyes, everyone on our team is an MVP."
Middle blocker Dyer earned her second All-MWC award after a junior campaign that saw her lead the league and rank seventh in the nation in hitting percentage while ranking fourth in the MWC in blocks. She posted double-digit kills in 13 of 16 MWC matches and hit .500 or above six times in league play. The Encinitas, Calif., native earned MWC Player of the Week honors once and posted three double-doubles while leading BYU in blocks nine times, hitting six times and kills three times. Her overall season hitting percentage of .421 currently ranks fourth all-time in Cougar history.
"I'm excited to receive this award," said Dyer. "This is a tribute to our team and something I hope to build on next year."
Colorado State junior Mekana Barnes was named Player of the Year, while New Mexico's Lisa Meeter was voted Freshman of the Year, and Colorado State's Tom Hilbert and UNLV's Allison Keeley were voted MWC Co-Coaches of the Year. Colorado State and UNLV both had four student-athletes named to this year's all-conference team in addition to BYU's three. New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, Utah and Wyoming all had one student-athlete on the all-conference team. Nine seniors and seven juniors made up the 16-member all-conference squad.
2007 MOUNTAIN WEST ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Name School Class Position Hometown
Rachel Dyer!* BYU Jr. MB Encinitas, Calif.
Chelsea Goodman!** BYU Sr. OH Mesa, Ariz.
Erica Lott!** BYU Sr. OH Orem, Utah
Mekana Barnes!* CSU Jr. MB Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tonya Mokelki!* CSU Sr. RS Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Jaime Strauss CSU Jr. OH Fort Collins, Colo.
Jeanne Fairchild UNM Jr. OH Albuquerque, N.M.
LeMeita Smith TCU Sr. OH Arlington, Texas
Maria Aladjova!** UNLV Sr. OH Sophia, Bulgaria
Lauren Miramontes!** UNLV Sr. MB Upland, Calif.
Melody Nua UNLV Jr. S Lakewood, Calif.
Lori Baird!* Utah Jr. MB Murray, Utah
Rachel Smith* WYO Sr. OH Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Setter -- Ashley Fornstrom, Colorado State Jr. Cheyenne, Wyo.
Co-Libero -- Aime Cordeiro, San Diego State* Sr. Santee, Calif.
Jada Walker, UNLV!* Sr. Palmdale, Calif.
Player of the Year:
Mekana Barnes, Colorado State
Freshman of the Year:
Lisa Meeter, New Mexico
Co-Coaches of the Year
Tom Hilbert, Colorado State
Allison Keeley, UNLV
!notes repeat selection
*notes two-time selection
**notes three-time selection