Strehlow Named to AVCA All-Pacific South Region Squad
Dec. 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Sophomore setter Becca Strehlow of the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team was honored today as an AVCA All-Pacific South Region first team selection. She is just one of 14 area standouts to snag a spot on the first-time roster.
The Waves boast 16 total all-region first team award winners dating back to 1990, in addition to two honorable mention picks. This is a program-record fourth consecutive season Pepperdine has placed at least one student-athlete on the first team.
Last season, both Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) were recognized in the AVCA All-Pacific South Region awards, while Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) was placed on the first team both in 2010 and 2011.
As an all-region honoree, Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) is now eligible for AVCA All-America team distinction which will be announced December 18.
The sophomore setter had a standout season in her first year in a Wave uniform. Strehlow ranked third in the West Coast Conference with 10.25 assists per set. She orchestrated Pepperdine’s offense to a team hitting percentage of .243, good enough for fourth in the league standings.
It is her all-around game, however, that sets Strehlow apart. On the defensive end, Strehlow averaged 2.79 digs (10th in the WCC) and 0.90 blocks (second on the team).
She was credited with 10 blocks in the Waves’ home finale vs. Loyola Marymount, a statistic that in and of itself is impressive. Strehlow became just the 10th Pepperdine player since the rally scoring era started in 2001 to reach double figures in blocks in a single match, and the only setter in a list dominated by middle blockers.
In the same match, Strehlow posted 49 assists and 13 digs for her first-ever triple double. She was later rewarded with Pepperdine’s only West Coast Conference Player of the Week award for 2013.
Strehlow finished 15 matches with 10 or more digs, including a career-best 22 dig effort against Santa Clara.
Pepperdine finished the 2013 campaign with a 15-10 record and tied for fourth place in the WCC standings.
2013 WCC Champion San Diego led all conference schools with two first team selections and an honorable mention pick. Additionally, the Toreros’ head coach Jennifer Petrie was honored as the Pacific South Region Coach of the Year.
Both BYU and Saint Mary’s placed one student-athlete on the first team and one on the honorable mention list.
Pacific South Region
Freshman of the Year: Ebony Nwanebu, Southern California, OPP