Four Broncos Named to Volleyball All-WAC Second Team and All-Freshman Team

LAS VEGAS - The Boise State volleyball team made history on Sunday evening, earning four All-Western Athletic Conference team nods, the most in one season for Bronco volleyball. The 2009 All-WAC First Team, Second Team and Freshman Teams were announced Sunday, Nov. 22 at the WAC Volleyball Tournament Banquet at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

Juniors Sadie Maughan and Alisha Young were joined by sophomore Breann Nesselhuf on the All-WAC Second Team. Freshman Liz Harden was named to the WAC All-Freshman Team, the first Bronco ever to be named to the All-Freshman team.

Maughan earned her second career All-WAC Second Team honor, earning her first in 2008, while Young and Nesselhuf each garnered their first career awards.

In total, Boise State has earned three All-WAC First Team awards and seven (including the three from 2009) All-WAC Second Team awards in school history. Cameron Flunder was a four-time honoree (First Team in 2004, 2005, 2006; Second Team in 2003) while Heather Malaschak (2004) and Jackie Stroud (2006) were the only other honorees, picking up All-WAC Second Team nods.

Twelve WAC players were named to the All-WAC First Team and 12 additional players were named to the All-WAC Second Team. Six players were named to the WAC All-Freshman Team.

Hawaii's Kanani Danielson was named WAC Player of the Year while teammate Brittany Hewitt was named WAC Freshman of the Year. Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji was named WAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

2009 WAC Volleyball Postseason Award Winners
First Team      Team    Pos.    Yr.     Hometown (Previous School)
Kelsey Brennan  New Mexico State        MH      So.     Snohomish, Wash. (Monroe)
Sarah Conwell   Idaho   OH      Sr.     Kent, Wash. (Kentwood)
Aneli Cubi-Otineru+$    Hawai'i OH      Sr.     Hale'iwa, O'ahu (College of Southern Idaho)
Kanani Danielson$       Hawai'i OH      So.     Ewa Beach, O'ahu (Kamehameha Schools)
Jennah DeVries  New Mexico State        S       So.     Denver, Colo. (Douglas County)
Kayleigh Giddens        New Mexico State        OH      Jr.     Lubbock, Texas (Frank Phillips College)
Kylie Harrington$$      Nevada  OH      Jr.     Honolulu, Hawai'i (Saint Francis)
Amber Kaufman$  Hawai'i M       Jr.     San Jose, Calif. (Branham)
Dani Mafua$$    Hawai'i S       Jr.     Kapolei, O'ahu (Mid-Pacific Institute)
Anna McKinney$$ Idaho   MB      Jr.     Federal Way, Wash. (Holy Names Academy)
Debbie Pederson Idaho   MB      Sr.     Grangeville, Idaho (Grangeville)
Whitney Woods   New Mexico State        OH      Jr.     Midland, Texas (Midland)

Second Team     Team    Pos.    Yr.     Hometown (Previous School)
Lindsay Baldwin$        Nevada  MB      Jr.     Hillsborough, Calif. (Notre Dame Belmont)
Erin Birmingham New Mexico State        MH      Sr.     Riverside, Mo. (Georgia Tech)
Brianna Clarke  Fresno State    MB      So.     Fresno, Calif. (Buchanan)
KC Clayton      Louisiana Tech  MB      Sr.     Tucson, Ariz. (Rincon University)
Stephanie Ferrell       Hawai'i OH      So.     Los Angeles, Calif. (Locke)
Brittany Hewitt Hawai'i M       Fr.     Eagle, Idaho (Eagle)
Elizabeth Ka'aihue      Hawai'i L       Jr.     Kailua, O'ahu (Punahou)
Kelly Leonardo  Fresno State    MB      Sr.     Merced, Calif. (Golden Valley)
Sadie Maughan$$ Boise State     MB      Jr.     Murray, Utah (Murray)
Liz McArthur    Utah State      OH      So.     St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon)
Breann Nesselhuf        Boise State     S       So.     Swink, Colo. (Washington State)
Alisha Young    Boise State     MB      Jr.     American Fork, Utah (American Fork)

+2007 first team selection
$2008 first team selection
$$2008 second team selection

All-Freshman    Team    Pos.    Hometown (Previous School)
Alex Akana      San Jose State  MB      Kailua, Hawai'i (Kamehameha)
Caitlin Andrade San Jose State  S       Kailua, Hawai'i (Kamehameha)
Marissa Brand   Fresno State    MB      Cypress, Calif. (Cypress)
Liz Harden      Boise State     OH      Lake Forest, Calif. (El Toro)
Brittany Hewitt Hawai'i M       Eagle, Idaho (Eagle)
Elissa Ji       Nevada  OH      Honolulu, Hawai'i (Maryknoll)

WAC Player of the Year: Kanani Danielson, Hawai'i
WAC Freshman of the Year: Brittany Hewitt, Hawai'i
WAC Coach of the Year: Dave Shoji, Hawai'i

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