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Cougars Volleyball Earns Pac-12 Honors

by WSU Athletics Media Relations

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshmen Washington State volleyball players Kyra Holt, Emmy Allen and Hailey Bethune were honored with selections to the All-Pac-12 Volleyball teams announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

Holt, a 6-1 outside hitter from Hercules, Calif., was voted onto the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention team and the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Holt led the Cougars this season with 3.89 kills per set average, ranked seventh-best in the conference, and 4.53 points per set average, also seventh-best in the Pac-12. She also had a 0.28 service aces per set average which is eighth-best in the Pac-12. Holt also etched her name into the WSU single season records with 479 kills, fifth-best, and her 1,316 attack attempts total is third-best. She had double-digit kills in 29 of WSU’s 33 matches this year and had 12 matches with double kills and digs which is tied for ninth-best in the conference this year. Her 28 kills in the upset win at No. 23 California is tied for second-best total kills in a match in the Pac-12 this season. She was selected the MVP of the Army Black Knights and Sam Houston State tournaments and was a four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection in 2013.

Allen, a 6-2 outside hitter from Mill Creek, Wash., and Bethune, a 6-0 right side from Stockton, Calif., were selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention team. Allen contributed 166 kills, had a .231 hitting percentage and added 1.84 points per set seeing action in 100 of WSU’s 123 sets. Bethune had a delayed start to the season after sitting out with a concussion but came on strong and tallied 94 kills, 22 blocks and a 1.73 points per set average in 61 sets.

Holt, Allen and Bethune are three of the six members of the Cougars’ 2013 freshman class which was ranked 14th-best nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.

“We are very proud of the honors for Kyra, Emmy and Hailey,” Cougars Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “Each of them continued to develop throughout the season, as did our entire team. We were pleased with their contributions in their first season, especially considering the competition they saw every match usually had at least a year of experience already. We are excited to see what happens after a spring of training. We had at many times five freshmen from our No. 14 in the nation recruiting class rotating through our lineup this season and all of them vital to our team. There weren't many teams at this level that we ran across who had that many freshmen contributing. We believe the future is bright. The awards for Kyra, Emmy and Hailey are well-deserved.”

The Conference of Champions, with a record nine teams selected for the 2013 NCAA Championship Tournament, selected 14 players to the All-Pac-12 team and 14 additional players were named to the honorable mention team. Seven players were selected to the All-Freshman team and an additional seven players were named to the All-Freshman honorable mention squad. The 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year is Washington’s Krista Vansant with USC’s Ebony Nwanebu named the Freshman of the Year. Other top honors went to Stanford’s Madi Bugg for Setter of the Year, and USC’s Natalie Hagglund repeated as the Libero of the Year. UW’s Jim McLaughlin was tabbed Coach of the Year. The complete release of the conference honors is attached.

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