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BYU volleyball: First-teamer Hamson leads Cougar All-America honors

Published December 12, 2012 12:43 pm

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Provo • BYU outside hitter Jennifer Hamson Wednesday was named a first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Senior middle blocker Nicole Warner, senior setter Heather Hannemann and freshman outside hitter Alexa Gray were also included on the honors list, receiving All-America honorable mention.

"To be named All-American is an impressive accomplishment," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I'm so proud and happy for each one of these girls. They are beyond deserving. Collectively as a program it shows our strength as a team and everyone on our team contributed to these awards."

Hamson, a Lindon, Utah, native, led the Cougars to a 28-4 season record, BYU's best finish since 1999, and a spot in the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. During the season Hamson totaled 458 kills (4.09 per set) while hitting .362, 206 digs (1.84 per set) and 328 blocks (1.26 per set).

Hamson was named All-Pacific Region First Team, West Coast Conference Player of the Year, WCC Player of the Month for September and November and WCC Player of the Week three times. The 6-foot-7 opposite hitter was also included in the Omaha Regional All-Tournament Team. Hamson entered BYU's 1,000-kills club in November and is currently 11th all-time in team history. Last season, Hamson received All-America Honorable Mention accolades.