Three Cougars Receive All-Region Recognition

Junior Rachel Dyer is one of three Cougars honored by the AVCA with 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 2007 season as senior Chelsea Goodman and junior Rachel Dyer were named to the AVCA West All-Region Team, while senior Erica Lott 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 have helped the Cougars achieve a 23-7 overall record so far this season, including their 24th NCAA appearance in the 27 years of the event and their first Regional Semifinals appearance since 2000.

Outside hitter Goodman, from Mesa, Ariz., set the Mountain West Conference career double-double record this year with 57 to date, including an MWC-leading 23 in her senior campaign. The three-time all-league selection 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 has recorded 20 or more kills in seven matches and 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 seven all-time in BYU history in career kills, digs and kills per game. She also received West All-Region honors last year while earning All-America Honorable Mention.

Middle blocker Dyer earned her first All-Region award this season after receiving honorable mention last year. The two-time All-MWC honoree leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation in hitting percentage while ranking fourth in the MWC in blocks. She has posted double-digit kills in 23 of 30 matches and hit .500 or above 11 times. The Encinitas, Calif., native has posted four double-doubles while leading BYU in blocks 16 times, hitting 12 times and kills five times. Her overall season hitting percentage of .414 currently ranks fourth all-time in Cougar history.

Lott, who received All-Region honors last season, has tallied 12 double-doubles, including one in six of the last seven matches, while posting double-digit kills 24 times and double-digit digs 12 times. 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 has led BYU in kills six times, digs three times and blocks three times on the year. The Orem, Utah, native currently ranks sixth in the BYU record books in career kills.

As a result of their all-region team selection, Goodman and Dyer are now eligible for All-America consideration, which will be announced next week.

AVCA All-West Region Team

Kylie Atherstone, Cal Poly, RS/Opp., Jr.

Mekana Barnes, Colorado State University, MB, Jr.

Alexis Crimes****, Long Beach State Univ., MB, Sr.

Rachel Dyer, BYU, MB, Jr.

Chelsea Goodman**, BYU, OH, Sr.

Ashley Fornstrom, Colorado State University, S, Jr.

Jaclyn Houston, Cal Poly, MB, Jr.

Jamie Houston**, University of Hawai'i, OH, Jr.

Lauren Miramontes, UNLV, MB, Sr.

Amanda Nielson, Utah State University, RS/Opp., Sr.

Kim Oguh***, New Mexico State University, MB, Sr.

Jaime Strauss, Colorado State University, OH, Jr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Kari Pestolesi, UC Irvine, S

Region Coach of the Year: Allison Keeley, UNLV

Honorable Mention: Lori Baird (Utah, MB, Jr.), Michaela Hasalikova (Long Beach State, MB, Sr.), Erica Lott (BYU, RS/Opp., Sr.), Kari Pestolesi (UC Irvine, OH, Fr.), Juliana Sanders (Hawai'i, MB, Sr.), Amber Simpson (New Mexico State, MB, Jr.)

* Denotes total number of years selected to the All-Region Team