WWU's Geary and Hutchinson named AVCA West Region all-stars
Nov. 21, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) and libero Samantha Hutchinson (So., University Place/Curtis) have been selected to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II West Region All-Star Team.
Receiving honorable mention was Viking setter Laurie Yearout (Sr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark).
Geary, who earlier was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, ranks 14th nationally in kills (4.16 avg. per set) and 15th in points (4.76). Last year she received AVCA regional honorable mention.
Hutchinson, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, ranks fifth nationally in digs (6.35), and Yearout is fifth in assists (11.92).
Yearout and Geary were both unanimous GNAC all-star picks. The trio helped the Vikings to a 23-3 regular-season record and their sixth GNAC title with a 16-2 ledger.
WWU earned the No.4 seed in the West Regional and will face Sonoma State in an opening-round game on Thursday (5 p.m. HT), Nov. 29, at Laie, Hawaii.
2012 AVCA NCAA II West Region All-Star Team
Ying Chun Chen**, BYU-Hawaii, S, SO Shih Ting Chen, BYU-Hawaii, OH, SO Marlayna Geary, Western Washington, OH, SR Lauren Hagemeyer, BYU-Hawaii, OH, SR Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington, L, SO Krissi Kemper, Western Oregon, MB, JR Marquis Mora**, Cal. State L.A., MB, SR Mackenzie Phelps, Grand Canyon, L, SO Kristin Preach, Grand Canyon, S, SR Allyson Sather, Sonoma State, OH, SR Alex Shurtz, Chico State, OH, JR Erin Smith, Central Washington, MB, JR Camille Smith***, Cal. State San Bernardino, S, SR Sable Villaescusa, Chico State, S, SR
Region Freshman of the Year: Danielle Dahle, UC San Diego, OH
Honorable Mention: Laurie Yearout (Western Washington, S), Kelsey Hull (Sonoma State, OPP), Sara McCutchan (UC-San Diego, MB), Mercedes Winchester (Cal State San Bernardino, MB), Marcy Hjellum (Central Washington, OH), Danielle Dahle (UC San Diego, OH)
* Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division II All-Region Team
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