Nov. 22, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior middle blocker Betsy Sedlak and junior outside hitter Allison Whitson each made the first team, setter Jenny Woolway garnered honorable mention, and outside hitter Valerie Brain picked up All-Freshman accolades to form the Aggie representation on the 2011 All-Big West Conference awards for women's volleyball.
This represents a repeat honor for Sedlak, Whitson and Woolway, each of whom received identical honors in 2010.
Sedlak, a team co-captain who hails from Pleasanton, Calif., tallied 261 kills and hit a team-leading .321 while providing 124 total blocks at the net. She ranked sixth in the Big West in hitting average while her rate of 1.11 blocks per set put her fifth on the leaderboard. A two-time conference Player of the Week honoree and a seven-time all-tournament selection, Sedlak wrapped up her three-year Aggie career with a school-record attack percentage of .336 while her total of 393 blocks ranks second in school history.
The Palo Alto-native Whitson led UC Davis with career highs of 421 kills, 1,213 attacks and 305 digs, ranking sixth in the Big West at 3.66 kills per set. She earned Big West Conference Player of the Week honors on September 26, then became the seventh player in Aggie history to surpass 1,000 career kills the following week. Whitson claimed all-tournament honors at all four preseason events in 2011, including MVP distinction at the Northern Colorado Classic and the Aggie Invitational. She earned All-Big West honorable mention and All-Freshman accolades in 2009, then has since picked up back-to-back first-team awards.
Woolway, a sophomore from San Diego and a 2010 All-Freshman selection, tallied 1,185 assists to rank second in the conference at 10.77 per set. She also tied for second on the Aggies with 305 digs while offering a .288 average on the attacking end. With Woolway as the engineer, the UC Davis attack featured five players with at least 200 kills while the team compiled a .222 hitting percentage. Woolway captured all-tournament honors at the Northern Colorado Classic and Park Inn Hurricane Invitational, earning an MVP nod at the latter.
Brain, a redshirt freshman from Glendora, posted 272 kills on 823 swings in 108 sets. She posted double-digit kills in 15 matches, including a season-best 15 against Tulsa and Sacramento State in September. Brain also was particular potent in league play against Big West runner-up UC Santa Barbara, posting 29-5-72 attacking numbers for a .333 average while supplying four total blocks in the October 28 home matchup.
Cal Poly's Jennifer Keddy took home Big West Player of the Year honors. Casey Hinger and Jeff Stork, both of Cal State Northridge, were respectively named Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
UC Davis finished the year at 21-11, amassing the program's most wins in 15 years. Additionally, the Aggies achieved a program first by receiving votes toward the AVCA Division I Top 25 poll for five straight weeks.