Hill and Woolever Awarded AVCA All-Pacific Region Honors
Dec. 6, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. – Kim Hill and Kellie Woolever of the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team were named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team, it was announced today. This is the third time Hill has picked up the regional recognition from the AVCA and the first time for Woolever to earn a spot on the prestigious list.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS), a senior opposite side hitter, was placed on the first team for the second-straight season. As a sophomore, she made the All-Pacific Region honorable mention list.
Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS), a sophomore setter, was named to the honorable mention squad.
As all-region honorees, both Hill and Woolever are eligible for AVCA All-America team distinction, which will be announced Dec. 14.
Hill has been instrumental in the Waves’ success this season. She contributes in every facet of the game, with averages of 3.89 kills/set, 2.32 digs/set, 0.81 blocks/set and 0.26 service aces/set. She was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week a season-high four times and was ultimately named the WCC Player of the Year.
Early this year, while in her hometown of Portland, Ore., Hill nailed down a match-best 17 kills versus the Pilots to become Pepperdine’s 15th member of the 1,000 kills club. Currently, Hill has notched 436 kills this season – good enough for seventh place in the Waves’ single season rally scoring era record book. With 15 more put aways against Kansas State this Friday, she would move up into fourth place.
Hill has wrote her name under several other categories in the Waves’ annuls, and with at least one more match left in the season, ranks in the top-10 in career kills (1,264 - seventh) and blocks (369 – fifth).
Off the court, the senior was named to the WCC All-Academic team and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award.
Woolever, just in her second year with Pepperdine, has been impressive from the start of the 2011 campaign. She quarterbacks the offense with 11.18 assists/ set to rank first in the league and 27th in the NCAA. With Woolever managing the offense, the Waves have hit .256 this season.
The southpaw helps her cause with 1.18 kills/set earned on a .290 hitting average. Defensively, she has added 2.99 digs/set and 0.67 blocks/set.
Woolever was tabbed WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading the Waves to wins over Loyola Marymount and BYU. Versus the Lions, the setter scattered 31 assists while nailing down five kills on a .571 hitting percentage. Later in the week against the Cougars, she collected 21 digs and dished 54 assists. She came through in the clutch, recording three blocks in the final five points to give Pepperdine the come-from-behind fourth set win to clinch the match.
Chloe Ferrari of San Diego and BYU’s Jennifer Hamson were the other two West Coast Conference student-athletes to be listed to the All-Pacific Region first team. The Pac-12 Conference earned the remaining 11 spots on the first team.
Pepperdine (24-6) continues 2011 postseason play this Friday, Dec. 9 with a 7 p.m. (PT) match with Kansas State in the Honolulu Regional Semifinal. The winner goes on to play either USC or Hawai’i in the regional final on Dec. 10.