AVCA All-American Acclaim Awarded to Woolever and Orozco
Dec. 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced the 32nd annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball today, and Pepperdine’s own Kellie Woolever and Jazmine Orozco snagged a spot on the prestigious list. Woolever picked up third team acclaim, while Orozco was recognized as an honorable mention.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 student-athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Louisville, Ky.
With both Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) on the All-American list, it marks just the second time in program history the Waves have had more than one honoree in a single season.
In 2011, both Woolever and Kim Hill picked up AVCA honors with Woolever as an honorable mention and Hill as a first team selection.
Pepperdine has seen a total of six student-athletes receive All-American recognition 11 times since 1999. Prior to 2011, Hill was twice named to the honorable mention squad. Other women’s volleyball players to be named AVCA All-Americans include Katie Wilkins (Second Team: 2001, 2002; First Team: 2003), Julie Rubenstein (Third Team: 2008) and Jamie Hill (Second Team: 1999).
Woolever, who was tabbed an All-WCC first team selection for the second time in 2012, led the conference and sat in 20th in the NCAA with 11.32 assists/set. She quarterbacked Pepperdine’s offense to a .257 team hitting percentage which ranked third in the league and 25th amongst all Division I programs.
Orozco, in her first season in Malibu in 2012, paced the Waves and ranked third in the West Coast Conference with 3.84 kills/set. She totaled 449 kills during her junior campaign which ranks sixth in Pepperdine’s single-season (rally scoring era only) record book.
The junior outside hitter has picked up a myriad of awards this season including All-WCC first team, WCC Player of the Month (October), NCAA Player of the Week (9/18) and WCC Player of the Week (9/17 and 10/30).
Both Woolever and Orozco were voted to the AVCA All-Pacific Region first team last week.
A total of six players from the West Coast Conference, including Woolever and Orozco, made an appearance on the 2012 AVCA All-America list. Reigning WCC Player of the Year Jennifer Hamson of BYU was awarded a spot on the first team. Fellow Cougars Alexa Gray, Heather Hanneman and Nicole Warner earned an honorable mention.
The Waves made their 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season and finished year with a 20-12 record. They were one of six teams from the league to gain entry in the 64-team tournament championship.