Trio of Lions Honored by WCC, Metter Named Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore Betsi Metter was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Nov. 23, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Sophomore Betsi Metter highlighted LMU's All-West Coast Conference selections on Wednesday, earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades and a spot on the All-WCC honorable mention team. Senior Jasmine Rankins also earned a spot on the honorable mention team, while freshman Litara Keil earned a spot on the All-Freshman squad. For Rankins, the All-WCC selection is her second after garnering first team honors last year.
Metter has been stellar serving as LMU's libero nearly the entire season, collecting a WCC-best 526 digs at a rate of 4.92 per set. Her digs-per-set mark currently ranks second in the LMU single-season record book. Excelling at a number of facets of the game, the native of Phoenix, Ariz. has posted a team-best 42 aces to place second in the WCC in that category. Metter's 29 digs against Portland on October 27 were the most in a three-set match in LMU history, while she managed a career-best 34 digs on October 7, good for ninth in LMU's single match record book. Metter also earned WCC Player of the Week honors on October 31, 2011 after helping to lead her team to two victories against Northwest conference opponents Portland and Gonzaga by collecting 56 digs over the course of the two matches (7.00 digs/set).
Rankins, a preseason All-WCC selection, enters the final week of play as the team-leader in kills with 339 at a rate of 3.17 per set, ranking fourth in the WCC. Her 35 service aces are second only to Metter this year, and rank fifth in the conference. An all-around player, she has notched 11 double-doubles to lead the team in that category.
Keil has had no trouble with the transition from high school to college volleyball, posting 239 kills at a rate of 2.28 per set to place second only to senior Rankins. The native of Long Beach, Calif. has managed a team-best .236 hitting percentage while also serving-up 21 aces. The team-leader on the block, she has collected 19 block solos and 81 block assists to total 100 blocks at a rate of .95 per set. The freshman already pervades the LMU record books, ranking tied for 10th in single-match block assists with nine at BYU on November 3, 2011.
The Pepperdine women's volleyball team won its 11th West Coast Conference title in program history after going 15-1 in WCC contests. The Waves now await their fate in NCAA postseason play, which will be announced at the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Selection Show on Sunday, November 27 at 3:00 PM PT on ESPNU.
Much of the Waves' success this season can be attributed to 2011 West Coast Conference Player of the Year Kim Hill, who was selected as the top postseason award winner by the coaches of the WCC. Hill led the conference in kills during conference contests with 235 total and was named the WCC Player of the Week four times this season, the most of any Wave in program history. Hill also played a significant role in clinching the conference crown by averaging 4.29 kills/set and 3.86 digs/set to lead the Waves to victories over San Francisco and No. 20 San Diego.
Pepperdine middle blocker Samantha Cash was named the 2011 WCC Freshman of the Year. After helping the Waves finish off the regular season with a non-conference win over Air Force, the freshman capped off her debut campaign as the only newcomer in the conference to land in the WCC's Top 10 in hitting percentage (fourth with a .343 clip) and placed second in blocks with 132.
Conference volleyball coaches selected Pepperdine head coach Nina Matthies as the 2011 WCC Coach of the Year, making it Coach Matthies' 10th conference honor of her career. Coach Matthies led her Waves to the conference crown with an impressive 15-1 record, going undefeated through 13 games to start WCC play.
Below are the student-athletes that earned 2011 All-WCC First Team honors and freshmen named to the 2011 All-WCC Freshman Team.
2011 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
2011 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year
2011 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year
2011 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
2011 All-West Coast Conference First Team
2011 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention: Kandiss Anderson (USD); Lauren Corp (SMC); Kati Hronek (POR); Gabby Jolly (SMC); Betsi Metter (LMU); Jasmine Rankins (LMU); Sarah Reams (SMC); Stevi Robinson (PEP); Amber Tatsch (USD); Ariel Usher (POR); Denise Van Mortel (GON); Valentina Zaloznik (USF)
2011 All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team