Hallquist, Wright Earn All-Conference Volleyball Honors

Nov. 16, 2000

San Diego - San Diego State outside hitter Amy Hallquist and setter Melissa Wright have been named to the 2000 All-Mountain West Conference Volleyball Team. A total of 12 athletes were named to the team including four from Brigham Young, three from Colorado State, two from Utah and one from UNLV.

In addition, Aztec junior Jessica Allen was named winner of the MWC Defensive Specialist Award.

Hallquist, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., led SDSU in kills in conference matches with an average of 3.43 kpg. An excellent defensive player, she also led the team in digs with an average of 2.44 dpg in all games (2.55 in MWC matches).

Wright, a sophomore from Muncie, Ind. who came to San Diego State after one season at Washington State, has been the Aztec's starter since the second game of the season. Her 1208 assists this fall ranks seventh on the SDSU single-season list and also ranks eighth on the Aztec career list. She has also compiled a .368 hitting percentage from her setter position.

Allen is a junior from Tahoe, Calif., who has excelled as a defensive specialist, playing only in the Aztec back row this season. She led SDSU with 40 service aces and also totaled 195 digs and 44 kills.

The Aztecs open play in the McLeodUSA Mountain West conference Volleyball Championship tonight (Thursday, Nov. 16), taking on New Mexico in Fort Collins, Colo., at 7:00 p.m. (MST). San Diego State enters the tournament with an overall record of 17-12 after finishing in fourth place in the final league standings with a mark of 9-5.

All-Mountain West Conference Volleyball Team (* notes repeat selection)
Name              School   Yr.  Pos.   Hometown
Amy Hallquist......SDSU....Sr....OH....Phoenix, Ariz.
Melissa Wright.....SDSU....Jr.....S....Muncie, Ind.
Jackie Bundy.......BYU.....Jr....MB....Sacramento, Calif.
*Nina Puikkonen....BYU.....Jr....MB....Murray, Utah
Karina Puikkonen...BYU.....Fr.....S....Murray, Utah
Sunny Tonga........BYU.....So....OH....Allen, Tex.
*Courtney Cox......CSU.....Jr....OH....Longmont, Colo.
Summer Jennings....CSU.....Sr....MB....Honolulu, Haw.
Soraya Santos......CSU.....Jr....MB....Vitoria, Brazil
Lucie Turkova......Utah....Sr.....S....Brno, Czech Republic
Kim Turner.........Utah....Fr....MB....Chandler, Ariz.
Amber Graham.......UNLV....Jr....MB....Las Vegas, Nev.

*Setter - Allison Peckham, CSU, Jr., London, Ontario, Canada Defensive Specialist - Jessica Allen, SDSU, Jr., Tahoe, Calif.

Player of the Year Angela Knopf, CSU, Jr., MB, Troutdale, Ore.

Freshman of the Year Kim Turner, Utah, Fr., MB, Chandler, Ariz.

Coach of the Year Tom Hilbert, CSU

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