BYU women's volleyball wraps up successful season

By Rachel Hawks

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 1:00 p.m. MST

BYU’s libero Hartsock broke BYU’s single-season average digs record, dishing out 4.26 per set to smash Annie Pinegar’s 2007 record of 3.98 per set. Hartsock is No. 2 for total digs in a season with 456 and sits at No. 6 all time for digs in a match with 31 against San Francisco on Oct. 27.

Carpenter bounced back from a preseason knee injury that benched her for the first week of competition. The senior outside hitter tallied 281 kills at 2.93 per set for the second most on the team. Carpenter also contributed 2.18 kills per set and had five double-doubles during the season.

“Christie had a remarkable senior season,” Olmstead said. “Her play and leadership speak volumes. She contributed in so many ways on and off the court in terms of our team culture and team chemistry.”

Junior Heather Hannemann stepped easily into the setter position when the Cougars lost Kiana Rogers after last season. Hannemann raked in 1,127 total kills at 10.53 per set. The setter had the second highest number of double-doubles this season with eight. She set a new career high in assists, recording 55 against San Francisco in the Nov. 5 matchup.

Hartsock and Warner helped the 2011 squad to BYU’s top-10 list in eight categories. This year’s Cougars came in at No. 1 for digs in a three-set match and No. 2 for digs in a four-set match. This season’s team ranks No. 6 for blocks in a match, with 21 against Loyola Marymount, block assists, with 573 total, team blocks, with 320.5 total, and blocks per set, with 3.00.

Warner’s blocking put BYU at No. 7 in NCAA Division I volleyball for blocks per set. The Cougars also ranked in the NCAA’s top 50 for hitting percentage with .243, putting the team at No. 48.

Middle blocker Kathryn LeCheminant also helped out with BYU’s exceptional blocking, putting in 1.18 blocks per set. LeCheminant made the top-100 list for blocking, coming in at No. 48.

Five new recruits joined BYU for 2011, including Tia Withers, who started 20 of the 30 matches, and Katie Vaughn, who started seven matches. Withers averaged 2.02 digs and Vaughn averaged 1.79 kills at outside hitter. Mariah Katoa, Kimberly Dahl and Hannah Robison also joined the team.

The Cougars lose three power hitters next season — Carpenter, Camilla Phillips and Casey Thurston. Taking their places are middle blocker Amy Boswell (sister of current team member Kimberli Boswell), middle blocker Alexa Gray, libero Ciara Parker and setter Samantha Staker.

“We’re looking forward to another great season competing in the WCC,” Olmstead said. “We’re excited about the kids returning with experience and more excited about the opportunity the younger girls have to step up and accept a new role on the team.”

Season Attendance Records


Illinois-2,741-Aug. 26

San Diego-2,220-Oct. 22

Pepperdine-1,452-Oct. 20

Weber State-1,405 Aug. 30

San Francisco-1,237-Nov. 5

Rachel Hawks is the sports information director for BYU women's volleyball.

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