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