Sophomore Rachel Dyer was one of three Cougars to receive All-Region recognition. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Three Cougars were honored this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for their outstanding play during the 2006 season as junior Chelsea Goodman was named to the AVCA West All-Region Team, while junior Erica Lott and sophomore Rachel Dyer received West All-Region Honorable Mention.
"This is a wonderful recognition for our volleyball program," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "I am proud of all that these players have accomplished. Their personal success this year is a reflection of the direction our program is heading. They have helped lay a solid foundation for us to build upon."
The three BYU players helped the Cougars achieve a 25-6 overall record this season, including their 23rd NCAA appearance in the 26 years of the event. All three are first-time all-region recipients.
Outside hitter Goodman, from Mesa, Ariz., earned 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.
Rightside hitter Lott, an Orem, Utah, native and another All-MWC selection this year, 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 nine double-doubles.
Middle blocker Dyer, a native of Encinitas, Calif., made her first appearance on the All-MWC Team this season after finishing the year 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 10 times and double-digit blocks once with a career-high 12 against Wyoming.
As a result of her all-region team selection, Goodman is now eligible for All-America consideration, which will be announced next week.
AVCA West All-Region
Alexis Crimes, Long Beach State University, MB, Jr.
Chelsea Goodman, Brigham Young University, OH, Jr.
Jamie Houston, University of Hawai'i, OH, So.
Kanoe Kamana'o, University of Hawai'i, S, Sr.
Sarah Mason, University of Hawai'i, OH, Sr.
Kim Oguh, New Mexico State University, MB, Jr.
Airial Salvo, University of Utah, OH, So.
Juliana Sanders, University of Hawai'i, MB, Jr.
Amber Simpson, New Mexico State University, MB, So.
Emillie Toone, University of Utah, MB, Jr.
Olivia Waldowski, UC Santa Barbara, MB, Sr.
Whitney Webb, University of Utah, RS/Opp, Jr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Sydney Anderson, Utah, S
Honorable Mention: Lori Baird (Utah, MB, So.), Alice Borden (New Mexico State, OH, Sr.), Jackie Choi (New Mexico State, S, Sr.), Rachel Dyer (BYU, MB, So.), Johanna Hilbers (Pacific, MB, Jr.), Erica Lott (BYU, RS/Opp, Jr.)