Willoughby Leads All-WAC Volleyball Team

Kim Willoughby and three other Wahine were named to the All-WAC first team Tuesday.

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference 2002 postseason award winners were announced Tuesday as selected by the league's head coaches.

Hawai‘i left side hitter Kim Willoughby earned her second-straight WAC Player of the Year honor. The junior is the first to earn back-to-back honors since Hawai‘i's Heather Bown during the 1998-99 seasons. Nevada's Salaia Salavea earned the Wolf Pack's first Freshman of the Year honor, while Fresno State's Lindy Vivas captured Coach of the Year accolades.

Six different school's were represented on the first team and eight overall. Hawai‘i, the first seed in the WAC Tournament, had four players named to the first team and three to the second team. Second-seeded Fresno State also had four named to the first team and added one on the second team.

For the seventh-straight year, Hawai‘i boasts the Player of the Year. Willoughby has been among the nation's leaders in kills per game, hitting percentage and aces all season. The junior leads the WAC in kills per game (6.29 kpg) and has been named National Player of the Week once this season.

Nevada's Salaia Salavea earned the school's first Freshman of the Year honor as she was third in blocks (1.42 bpg) in league matches. She also helped lead the Wolf Pack to a 19-win season and the third seed in the WAC Tournament.

This is the third Coach of the Year honor for Vivas, as she also earned the award in 1992 and 1997 (Pacific Division). Vivas led the Bulldogs to a 22-5 regular season finish and the second-best record in the WAC.

The WAC Tournament will begin Friday, Nov. 22 in Reno, Nev. The first match will see top-seede Hawai‘i take on No. 8 Louisiana Tech, followed by No. 4 San Jose State against No. 5 and Eastern Division champ Rice. In the second session, No. 2 Fresno State will battle No. 7 SMU, while No. 3 Nevada will face No. 6 UTEP.


Player of the Year:  Kim Willoughby, UH
Freshman of the Year:  Salaia Salavea, UN
Coach of the Year:  Lindy Vivas, FS

First Team         Team Pos.   Yr.

Whitney Arena         FS     S    So.
Lauren Duggins        UH    MB    Jr.
Kristen Fenton        FS    OH    So.
Carrie Hartt          FS    MB    Jr.
Lily Kahumoku         UH    LS    Jr.
Java Johnson          FS     S    Sr.
Leslie Lasiter       SMU    MB    Sr.
Michelle More         UN    MB    Sr.
Stephanie Pascucci  SJSU    MB    Sr.
Rebeca Pazo         Rice    OH    So.
Margaret Vakasausau   UH     S    Sr.
Kim Willoughby        UH    OH    Jr.

Second Team	       Team	Pos.	Yr.
Jennifer Abbruzzesse UTEP OH Jr.
Christy Burnett FS OH Sr.
Jennifer Carey UH S Sr.
Briana Cook Rice MB Sr.
Jill Couwenhoven UN S Sr.
Sarah Davis UTEP L Sr.
Rebecca Kainz RU MB So.
Karin Lundqvist UH MH Jr.
Lia Mora LT S So.
Salaia Salavea UN MB Fr.
Cristine Sant'Anna LT RS Jr.
Melissa Villaroman UH L Jr.

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