Utah senior outside hitter Adora Anae didn’t wait until Thursday’s NCAA Volleyball Tournament opener to make program history. Anae became the first Utah player selected first-team All-Pac-12 Conference in three consecutive seasons.
The Pac-12 announced its postseason awards Tuesday, and Anae garnered her fourth postseason honor in four years. She made the all-Freshman Team in 2014 and has been a first-team selection each season since.
Senior middle blocker Tawnee Luafalemana, senior outside hitter Carly Trueman and junior middle blocker Berkeley Oblad each were named honorable mention all-conference. Luafalemana also earned honorable mention honors last season. This year marks the first time since 2010 the Utes have had four all-conference honorees in the same season.
Anae and Luafalemana became the first pair of Utes teammates to earn all-conference recognition in back-to-back seasons since Kim Turner and Sylva Strzinkova did so in 2001-02.
Before Anae, Karolina Bartkowiak was the last Utes player to earn three consecutive first-team all-conference selections. Bartkowiak garnered first-team accolades in the Mountain West from 2008 to 2010.
Anae, who became the program’s all-time kills leader this season, ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in in kills per set (4.28). She also finished the regular season with 360 digs, 49 blocks and 19 service aces.
Luafalemana ranked fourth in the conference in blocks (143) and hitting percentage (.364). She also recorded 233 kills and 48 digs.
Trueman tallied 278 kills (2.55 per set), 61 digs and 44 blocks. She posted a pair of 20-kill performances this season.
Oblad ranked among the conference leaders in blocks (eighth, 134), and she averaged 1.13 blocks per set. She also registered a .316 hitting percentage and 69 digs.
Stanford sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Plummer was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Oregon State’s Kylee McLaughlin was selected the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Oregon State’s Mark Barnard was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year.