Amanda Nielson Named To AVCA West Region First-Team
Dec. 5, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball player Amanda Nielson was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region first-team it was announced on Wednesday. With her selection, Nielson is now eligible for All-American consideration, which will be announced on December 12.
Nielson was one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn first-team AVCA West Region honors and one of three players from the state of Utah to be recognized.
Utah State has now had four players earn AVCA all-region honors in the last five years as Erin Cartwright-Davis and Zuzana Cernianska earned first-team honors in 2003 and 2005, respectively, while Erin Graybill earned honorable mention all-region honors in 2005. Both Cartwright-Davis and Cernianska went on to earn honorable mention All-American honors. The only other Aggie to be honored by the AVCA was Marie Motil, who earned second-team Northwest Region honors following the 1993 season.
"I am pleased that Amanda was recognized by the AVCA to be an all-region selection," said USU head coach Grayson DuBose. "She was obviously a valuable part of our program and what we are trying to develop here at Utah State. Credit should also go to her teammates that pushed her each day in practice to improve. I am happy for both Amanda and our program."
Nielson, a senior opposite side hitter from West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS), earned first-team all-WAC honors this year as she finished the season third in the league and 11th in the nation with 5.17 kills per game. She was also second in the conference in both points (6.03) and service aces (0.37) per game.
Nielson, who earned second-team all-WAC honors as a junior and all-freshman team honors from the Big West Conference in 2004, finished her Utah State career ranking second in total attempts (3,991), third in kills (1,369), third in service aces (116), third in block assists (337), and third in total blocks (359), tied for fourth in matches played (121), and 10th in games played (411).
One 12-person team and six honorable mention players are selected per region by member head coaches. The West Region is made up of teams from the Big West Conference, the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.
2007 AVCA Division I West Region First-Team Kylie Atherstone, Cal Poly Mekana Barnes, Colorado State Alexis Crimes, Long Beach State Rachel Dyer, BYU Ashley Fornstrom, Colorado State Chelsea Goodman, BYU Jaclyn Houston, Cal Poly Jamie Houston, Hawaii Lauren Miramonts, UNLV Amanda Nielson, Utah State Kim Oguh, New Mexico State Jaime Strauss, Colorado State