Nov. 27, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Denae Mohlman was named a first-team all-Big West volleyball selection for the third time, leading three Utah State seniors to the first-team and one junior on the second team it was announced today by the conference office.
Mohlman and UC Santa Barbara's Brooke Rundle became the 14th and 15th players in Big West history to earn first-team honors three times in their careers. Aggie seniors Amy Crosbie and Melissa Schoepf were each named first-team as well, joining Mohlman as the only first-team selections in school history. Crosbie was a second-team choice a year ago. Junior setter Chelsi Neves was named to the league's second team this year.
Prior to this season USU's all-time league honorees included Mohlman being named first team in 1997 and 1999, Crosbie second team in 1999 and Marie Motil second team in 1993.
Mohlman, a middle blocker, was second on the team with a .360 hitting percentage and led the team with 135 total blocks. Mohlman is fourth in the league in hitting percentage and seventh in blocks. She was also named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 1997 and selected to the Volleyball Magazine All-Freshman Team in 1997.
Crosbie, an outside attacker, led Utah State with 434 kills and 266 digs on the season, and averaged 4.13 kills per game. In the Big West rankings Crosbie is fourth in kills and sixth in service aces per game. In addition to being a second-team pick last year, Crosbie was on the 1997 Big West all-Freshman team with Mohlman.
Schoepf, a right-side hitter, ranks third in USU history in kills and her 117 matches played are seventh in school history. In fact, USU's three senior first-team selections rank first, second and third in career kills as Crosbie is first at 1,436, Mohlman second at 1,276 and Schoepf third with 945. The three also rank fifth, sixth and seventh in career matches played.
Neves, a setter, hit a team-high .374 on the season and set a new single-season USU record with 1,352 assists. Neves is third in the Big West Conference in assists per game.
Utah State will play Missouri in first-round NCAA Tournament action at Provo, Utah on Friday at 5 p.m. If the Aggies win that match they will play the winner of the Brigham Young vs. Hofstra match on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Provo.
2000 BIG WEST WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Danielle Bauer UC Santa Barbara 5-11 So. MB Santa Ana, CA
AMY CROSBIE UTAH STATE 5-11 Sr. OH Visalia, CA
Kara Gormsen Pacific 5-10 Sr. S Stockton, CA
Jamie Hamm Pacific 6-0 Jr. OH Bellevue, NE
Tayyiba Haneef Long Beach State 6-7 Jr. OH Laguna Hills, CA
Melanie Hathaway Cal Poly 5-10 Sr. OH Santa Maria, CA
Jennifer Joines Pacific 6-3 Fr. MB Milpitas, CA
Simone Kuhn UC Santa Barbara 6-2 Fr. MB Luzern, Switzerland
DENAE MOHLMAN UTAH STATE 6-0 Sr. MB Shoreline, WA
Brooke Rundle UC Santa Barbara 5-6 Jr. S Westlake Village, CA
MELISSA SCHOEPF UTAH STATE 5-9 Sr. OH Georgetown, CA
Danielle Shinn Pacific 6-0 Sr. OH Arnold, CA
Cheryl Weaver Long Beach State 6-2 Jr. MB Washington, D.C.
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Tara Brinkerhoff Boise State 5-10 Sr. OH Mesa, AZ
Elaine Goeders Pacific 6-1 So. MB Apple Valley, MN
Brittany Hochevar Long Beach State 6-1 So. S/OH Fowler, CO
Jenny Kniss Idaho 6-0 Sr. OH Gresham, OR
Worthy Lien Cal Poly 6-2 So. MB La Habra, CA
Chanda McLeod UC Irvine 5-11 So. OH Huntington Beach, CA
Erica Menzel UC Santa Barbara 5-9 Fr. OH Santa Barbara, CA
Courtney Miller Pacific 6-2 Jr. OH Thousand Oaks, CA
CHELSI NEVES UTAH STATE 5-9 Jr. S Otto, WY
Carly O'Halloran Cal Poly 6-0 So. S Nipomo, CA
Megan Sabo Cal State Fullerton 5-10 Jr. OH Anaheim, CA
Elisha Thomas Long Beach State 6-2 So. MB Grass Valley, CA
2000 BIG WEST CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Kara Gormsen, Pacific
Cheryl Weaver, Long Beach State
2000 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Joines, Pacific
2000 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
John Dunning, Pacific