VB: Taylor Gross named to All-WAC Second Team

Taylor Gross was named to the All-WAC Second Team for 2012.

Nov. 19, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - Taylor Gross was named to the 2012 All-WAC Second Team.

Taylor Gross, a sophomore from Allen, Texas, transferred to UT Arlington and had an immediate impact on the court. She has started 22 matches this season for the Mavs and is currently second on the team in kills per set with 2.42. Gross is also third on the team in blocks per set with 0.58 and attack percentage (.224). Gross was also the only Maverick named to the UT Arlington Hilton Classic All-Tournament team earlier this season.

This is Gross' first all-conference award as a Maverick. She is the first and only UT Arlington volleyball player to be named to an All-WAC team in program history.

OFFICIAL WAC RELEASE: 2012 Volleyball Award Winners Announced

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The 2012 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Tournament banquet. UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams was named WAC Player of the Year, while teammate Annie Kunes was named Libero of the Year. Utah State’s Elle Brainard captured Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach Grayson DuBose was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Nine of the 10 schools were represented on the teams, led by top-seeded Utah State with four players on the first team and two on the second team. No. 3 seed UTSA had one player on the first team and three on the second team, while Idaho and New Mexico State both had two first-team selections and one second-team pick.

Adams earned WAC Player of the Year honors after leading the league in kills (4.73) and points (5.30) and ranking seventh in digs (3.77) per set. She was named WAC Player of the Week five times during the season and posted double-doubles in 13 of the 18 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Adams ranked 25th nationally in kills per set and 33rd in points per set.

Kunes earned Libero of the Year honors after leading the WAC with 5.39 digs per set. The freshman posted double-digit digs in 15 of the 16 WAC matches in which she played and had 20 or more digs in seven WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, the second team All-WAC pick ranked 64th nationally in digs per set.

Brainard earned Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the second Aggie to do so. She averaged 1.63 kills and 1.38 blocks per set in WAC play. Brainard ranks second in the WAC and 17th nationally in overall blocks per set. Her 143 block assists on the season rank third on the Aggies’ single-season list, while her 149 total blocks rank fourth.

DuBose led his team to its first-ever WAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the second time in his career he’s earned the honor (2007).

First Team
McKenzie Adams, UTSA

Allison (Walker) Baker, Idaho
Meredith Hays, New Mexico State
Colleen King, Denver
Faimie Kingsley, Denver
Paige Neves, Utah State
Mary Alice O’Reilly, San Jose State
Rachel Orr, Utah State
Alyssa Schultz, Idaho
Desiree Scott, New Mexico State
Shay Sorensen, Utah State
Josselyn White, Utah State

Second Team
Elle Brainard, Utah State

Amari Deardorff, Texas State
Kaytlyn Dill, Seattle U
Taylor Gross, UT Arlington
Ashlee Hilbun, Texas State
Brandy Huskey, UTSA
Annie Kunes, UTSA
Michaela Leonard, San Jose State
Lauren Loerch, New Mexico State
Alex Sele, Idaho
Kaitlyn Van Hoff, Utah State
Whitney Walls, UTSA

All-Freshmen Team
Elle Brainard, Utah State

Annie Kunes, UTSA
Michaela Leonard, San Jose State
Katelyn Peterson, Idaho
Kylie Schott, UTSA
Michele Swope, Denver

WAC Player of the Year: McKenzie Adams, UTSA

WAC Libero of the Year: Annie Kunes, UTSA
WAC Freshman of the Year: Elle Brainard, Utah State
WAC Coach of the Year: Grayson DuBose, Utah State




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