Nov. 27, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Allison Whitson and junior Devon Damelio each made the All-Big West Conference first team while sophomore Victoria Lee and junior Jenny Woolway earned honorable mention, representing UC Davis in the league's year-end awards, it was announced Tuesday.
This marks the fourth All-Big West honor for Whitson, and the third time she has garnered first-team accolades. Woolway now has won all-conference honorable mention three times in as many years. Lee and Damelio are both first-time honorees. The All-Big West program is based on a vote of the conference coaches and leans toward players' performance in conference matches.
Whitson, an outside hitter from Palo Alto, Calif., led UC Davis in kills (452) and total attacks (1,293) for the fourth straight season. She ranked fourth in the Big West Conference in kills per set at 3.90, although her average rose to 4.07 in league play. Whitson also posted 355 digs with 59 blocks, including 209 and 34 in Big West matches. She was selected as the conference Player of the Week on two occasions as a senior: on September 10, after winning tournament MVP honors at the Fresno State Classic; and on November 12, for a 39-kill weekend at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
Whitson finishes her four-year career with career totals of 1,620 kills and 4,489 swings, ranking her second all-time behind Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Famer Candy Lench in both categories. She also totaled 921 digs, 266 blocks and 52 aces, having never missed a single set in the Aggies' 121 matches during her career. Additionally, Whitson becomes the first UC Davis player to win three straight first-team all-conference nods since opposite Kaersten Hill achieved the feat from 1996-98.
Damelio, an outside hitter from Fairfield, took her game to another level after enjoying a breakout season in 2011. She finished second to Whitson with 368 kills and 1,033 attempts, led the team with 22 aces and paced all Aggie pin hitters with 97 blocks (0.84 per set). In 18 Big West matches, Damelio tallied 211 kills with a .231 hitting average, 153 digs and 53 blocks. She was also the only Aggie to earn all-tournament honors at each of the team's four stops in the preseason: Middle Tennessee State's Blue Raider Bash, UC Davis' own Aggie Invitational, the Fresno State Classic and the Butler Invitational.
Lee, a 6-0 middle blocker from Cupertino, ranked fourth in the Big West Conference in hitting at .315 while finishing at No. 3 among blocking leaders with a 1.22 average in her first year as a starter. Overall, she tallied 202 kills with just 50 errors in 483 attempts while providing a team-leading 124 blocks at the net - the latter of which is tied for fourth in school history. In Big West play, Lee's hitting average improved to .327, helped by eight matches in which she hit .400 or better. She joined Whitson and Damelio on the all-tournament squad at the Fresno State Classic.
Woolway, a 5-10 setter from San Diego, led UC Davis in assists (1,006) for a third straight season. In doing so, she moved into second in school history with 3,479 career assists, needing just 71 to surpass CAAHOF inductee Denise Bilbaeno for the all-time Aggie benchmark. Woolway also tallied 277 digs and hit .241, improving to a .338 average in conference matches. She directed the UC Davis offense to a .213 hitting average overall and a .230 clip in conference matches, the latter of which ranked third in the Big West.
UC Davis went 17-14 for the year and 11-7 in Big West play. The Aggies won seven of their last nine matches to move into fourth place in a league with four regionally ranked members (Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and Pacific).