Clement Named GWC Player of Year to Headline UVU's Postseason Awards

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Brookelyn Campbell was named the Setter of the Year.
Brookelyn Campbell was named the Setter of the Year.

Nov. 16, 2011

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Great West Conference Regular Season Volleyball Champion Utah Valley dominated the 2011 GWC All-Conference awards Wednesday as four players were named to the First Team All-Conference and UVU's Sarah Clement was honored as the conference's Player of the Year. UVU's Brookelyn Campbell was also named the Setter of the Year and Coach Sam Atoa took home the Coach of the Year accolades.

Clement, Campbell, Chelsey Heaps and Erica Nish were the four Wolverines to make the First Team, while Jaicee Kuresa was named to the Second Team and freshman McKenna Tait was named to the All-Newcomer Team.

"I can't be more proud of each of the girls and their accomplishments," Atoa said. "They have been determined for this year to be different and their hardwork is paying off and they are reaping the rewards from it. I am so happy for them and the success of the team."

Clement, a senior middle blocker from Lindon, Utah, was a three-time conference defensive player of the week on the season and led the conference in blocks with 126 (13 solos and 113 block assists). Her 1.17 overall block per set average also pitted her second in the conference and her 1.09 block per set average in conference-only play ranked her third. Clement finished the regular year with 240 kills, a 2.22 kill per set average and a conference-high .319 attack percentage.

Campbell, a sophomore setter from Gilbert, Ariz., finished with 1033 assists and a 9.65 assist per set average to rank her second in both categories. She also tallied 246 digs (2.30 dps), 81 blocks (0.76 bps), 96 kills (.274 hitting percentage) and 28 service aces. Campbell also had a team-high 11 double-double (assists & digs), which included a triple-double over UND in the regular season finale (10 kills, 36 assists, 12 digs).

Atoa earned his first Great West Coach of the Year honors after leading his team to its first conference title, with a near-perfect 9-1 conference mark. Atoa's 2011 club also finished the regular season with a 22-8 overall record, which tied a UVU school record for most victories in a season.

The Great West Volleyball Tournament will begin Thursday in Grand Forks, N.D., but by winning the regular season, the Wolverines have received an opening-round bye and will not play until Friday's semifinal. On Friday, UVU will take on the winner of the four-five matchup between NJIT and Chicago State. The championship match will then take place on Saturday at 4 p.m.

2011 Great West Conference Awards

Great West Conference Co-Coach of the Year

  • Sam Atoa, Utah Valley
  • Kaddie Platt, Houston Baptist

Great West Conference Player of the Year

Great West Conference Setter of the Year

Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year

  • Courtney Whittleman, Houston Baptist

Great West Conference Co-Freshman Player of the Year

  • Jasmine Casey, Houston Baptist
  • Nikki Husfeldt, North Dakota

All-Great West Conference First Team

All-Great West Conference Second Team

  • Jasmine Casey, Houston Baptist
  • Isis Gardner, Houston Baptist
  • Jaicee Kuresa, Utah Valley
  • Lisa Parlich, North Dakota
  • Tia Russell, North Dakota
  • Annika Smed, North Dakota
  • Janet Snell, NJIT

Great West Conference All-Newcomer Team

  • Jasmine Casey, Houston Baptist
  • Nikki Husfeldt, North Dakota
  • Rachel Levitt, Chicago State
  • Lexi Robinson, North Dakota
  • McKenna Tait, Utah Valley
  • Felicia Ulrich, North Dakota
  • Caiti Wenger, Houston Baptist