Women's volleyball collects 2015 Y Awards
PROVO, Utah—BYU women's volleyball garnered several accolades Wednesday night at the Marriott Center as the team celebrated academic and athletic success during the 2015 Y Awards ceremony.
Alexa Gray collected Female Athlete of the Year honors while Jennifer Hamson picked up the Lu Wallace Outstanding Senior award. Hamson also picked up Performance of the Year honors for her efforts in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament against No. 6 Florida State. The 2014 squad was celebrated as the Women's Team of the Year while head coach Shawn Olmstead was recognized as the Coach of the Year.
Additionally, Amy Boswell was recognized as a finalist for the Female Crowd Pleaser award, Tambre Nobles picked up a nomination for the Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport award and Alohi Robins-Hardy was nominated for Female Rookie of the Year.
2015 Women's Volleyball Y Awards
Lu Wallace Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award— Jennifer Hamson (women's volleyball)
The oldest recognition bestowed upon a BYU female athlete, given to the senior who has most clearly demonstrated high athletic and academic performance and sportsmanship
- Led the team in kills (3.83 per set) and aces (28) while finishing third in blocks (163 total), fifth in digs (1.52 per set) and second in the conference in total points (4.76 per set) in 2014; Ended her BYU career in the rally-scoring era second in kills (1,554), third in kills per set (3.71), fifth in hitting percentage (.315), fourth in blocks (494) and third in sets played (429)
- Graduated with a degree in exercise science with a 3.48 GPA and is pursuing post baccalaureate studies
- Named MVP of the Seattle Region in the NCAA Tournament, helping her team advance to the Final Four, while also being named to the Oklahoma City All-Tournament team
Other finalists: Annie Amos (soccer), Ashley Garfield (women's basketball).
Female Athlete of the Year— Alexa Gray (women’s volleyball)
Given to the female athlete who demonstrates the competitive spirit of desire, dedication and determination, leading her to the top of competition and serving as an inspiration to both teammates and fans.
- Named the 2014 WCC Player of the Year and added to the All-WCC First Team
- Entered the 1,000 kills club in 2014 after her 424 pushed her to 1,266 total (11th on the all-time list)
- Added to both the NCAA Seattle Region and Oklahoma City All-Tournament teams
Other finalists: Morgan Bailey (women's basketball), Ashley Hatch (soccer).
Coach of the Year— Shawn Olmstead (women’s volleyball)
Women’s Team of the Year— 2014 women’s volleyball
Performance of the Year— Jennifer Hamson (Sweet Sixteen match vs. Florida State)