Schneider named first-team AVCA Pacific Region All-Star

Courtney Schneider

Nov. 14, 2006

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University libero Courtney Schneider added yet another honor as she was one of only two first-team repeaters on the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Pacific Region All-Star Team announced today.

Schneider, a junior from Snohomish, led the NCAA Division II nationally in digs and was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference leader for the third straight year. She averaged 7.65 per game and finished with a total of 666, breaking her own school and GNAC record set last year.

Schneider already is Western's career record holder in digs with 1,844 and ranks second in the GNAC (league record is 2,008). She set school and league records with 49 digs against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 2. In all, Schneider had eight 30-dig matches, including eight of the Vikings' 12 matches.

The only other repeater, besides Schneider, was middle blocker Barbara Martin from BYU Hawaii. Also on the first team were three Chico State players - setter Erica Brick, middle blocker Jamie Houle and outside hitter Lindsay Macias.

Rounding out the first team were middle blocker Sharea Drawn and right-side hitter Jessica Granados from Cal State San Bernardino, outside hitter Alyssa Given and setter Jenna Von Moos from Seattle Pacific, setter LeeAnn Mapu from BYU Hawaii, right-side hitter Kristin Pasley from Central Washington and outside hitter Michelle Peters from BYU Hawaii.

Receiving honorable mention were middle blocker Rachel Biornstad from Seattle Pacific, outside hitter Luana Cavalcanti from Cal State L.A., outside hitter Noelle Filimoeatu from BYU Hawaii, defensive specialist/libero Meghan Haas and right-side hitter Katie Hatch-Kinser from Cal State San Bernardino and middle blocker Rachael Schurman from Central Washington.

Earlier this month, Schneider was the only repeater on the Daktronics Pacific Region all-star first team and she was a unanimous pick as a GNAC all-star. She also was a second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic all-District VIII and GNAC academic all-star choice.

The Vikings finished 18-7, losing to eventual champion UC San Diego in the semifinals of the Pacific Regional. They placed second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings at 14-2.

2006 AVCA Pacific Region First-Team All-Stars

Erica Brick, Chico State, S, So.
Sharea Drawn, Cal State San Bernardino, MB, Jr.
Alyssa Given, Seattle Pacific, OH, Jr.
Jessica Granados, Cal State San Bernardino, RS/Opp, So.
Jamie Houle, Chico State, MB, Sr.
Lindsay Macias, Chico State, OH, So.
LeeAnn Mapu, BYU Hawaii, S, So.
Barbara Martin**, Hawaii Pacific, MB, Sr.
Kristin Pasley, Central Washington, RS/Opp, Sr.
Michelle Peters, BYU Hawaii, OH, Jr.
Courtney Schneider**, Western Washington, DS/Lib, Jr.
Jenna Von Moos, Seattle Pacific, S, Sr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Gillian Heydorff, Chico State, OH

Honorable Mention: Rachel Biornstad (Seattle Pacific, MB, Jr.), Luana Cavalcanti (Cal State L.A., OH, Sr.), Noelle Filimoeatu (BYU-Hawai'i, OH, Jr.), Meghan Haas (Cal State San Bernardino, DS/Lib, So.), Katie Hatch-Kinser (Cal State San Bernardino, RS/Opp, Jr.), Rachael Schurman, (Central Washington, MB, So.).