Las Cruces, NM — The 2013 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s nine head coaches, were announced today. New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Player of the Year, while Seattle U’s Iris Ivanis was named Freshman of the Year. New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Six of the nine schools were represented on the teams, led by Bakersfield and Utah Valley with two players each on the first team and one apiece on the second team. Top-seeded New Mexico State had two players on the first team.
Scott earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the conference in WAC matches in blocks (1.38), third in hitting percentage (.401), fifth in points (3.69) and ninth in kills (2.78). She hit .300 or better in 11 of 16 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Scott ranks 40th nationally in blocks per set (1.29).
Ivanis earned Freshman of the Year honors after ranking third in the league in WAC play in kills (3.53), fourth in points (3.96) and ninth in service aces (0.27). She also averaged 2.06 digs per set in WAC play, had 10 or more kills in 11 of the 13 WAC matches in which she played and had four double-doubles in WAC play.
Jordan led his team to its second WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 league record and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the third time in his career he’s earned the honor (2006, 2008).
2013 WAC Volleyball Postseason Award Winners
First Team School Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Debora Araujo Bakersfield Sr. OH Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Western Nebraska CC)
Fernanda Gonçalves Bakersfield Sr. S Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Western Nebraska CC)
Gwen Murphy New Mexico State So. MH Elfrida, Ariz. (Valley Union)
Alyssa Schultz Idaho Jr. MB Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)
Desiree Scott New Mexico State Sr. MH Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills)
Lauren Stringham Utah Valley So. MB Kaysville, Utah (Davis)
McKenna Tait Utah Valley Jr. L South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
Second Team School Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Sydney Crimmins Kansas City So. RS Clay Center, Kan. (Clay Center Community)
Brookelyn Hall Utah Valley Sr. S Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite)
Iris Ivanis Seattle U Fr. OH Pozega, Croatia (Pozega)
Taryn Miller Kansas City So. L Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)
Molly O’Hagan Bakersfield Jr. MB Tonganoxie, Kan. (Tonganoxie)
Martina Samadan Seattle U So. MB Split, Croatia (Virginia Commonwealth)
Taylor Wilkinson Idaho Sr. MB Pocatello, Idaho (College of Southern Idaho)
All-Freshmen Team School Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Kaylyn Brandt Kansas City S Sumner, Iowa (Sumner-Fredericksburg)
Ali Forde Idaho OH Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville)
Iris Ivanis Seattle U OH Pozega, Croatia (Pozega)
Kerry Lane Seattle U S Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro)
Alisha Watson Texas-Pan American RS Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock)
Nakisha Willden Utah Valley OH South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
WAC Player of the Year: Desiree Scott, New Mexico State
WAC Freshman of the Year: Iris Ivanis, Seattle U
WAC Coach of the Year: Mike Jordan, New Mexico State