Strehlow Garners AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Acclaim
Dec. 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women's volleyball player Becca Strehlow added her biggest honor yet to a growing list as she was named to the AVCA All-American honorable mention team, announced today by the organization.
Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) was previously named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region first team and the All-West Coast Conference honorable mention squad. The sophomore setter finished her first season with the Waves ranked third in the league with 10.25 assists per set and 10th with a digs average of 2.79.
Just seven Pepperdine players have garnered AVCA All-American status including Strehlow. Jamie Hill (1999, 2nd team) was the Waves’ first honoree, followed by Katie Wilkins (2001, 2nd team; 2002, 2nd team; 2003, 1st team), Julie Rubenstein (2008, 3rd team), Kim Hill (2009, honorable mention; 2010, honorable mention; 2011, 1st team), Kellie Woolever (2011, honorable mention; 2012, 3rd team) and Jazmine Orozco (2012, honorable mention).
Six student-athletes from across the conference were honored, highlighted by 2013 WCC Player of the Year Chloe Ferrari’s (San Diego) appearance on the second team. Alexa Gray of BYU snagged a spot on the third team, while Alaysia Brown (San Diego), C’era Oliveira (San Diego) and Jordan Shaw (Saint Mary’s) all appeared on the honorable mention roster along with Strehlow.
In addition to dishing 10.25 assists per set, Strehlow orchestrated Pepperdine’s offense to a team hitting percentage of .243, good enough for fourth in the league standings.
Strehlow was also a presence at the net, chipping in 0.90 blocks per set to rank second on the team behind middle blocker Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy).
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.
Pepperdine finished the 2013 campaign with a 15-10 record and tied for fourth place in the WCC standings.
Strehlow will continue her first season with the Waves this spring when she competes with the sand volleyball team.