Dixie State landed three players on the 2017 Pacific West Conference Women’s Volleyball postseason awards list, which was announced on Wednesday. Junior middle blocker Kayla Chapman was named to the league’s second team, while sophomore right side hitter/middle blocker Lauren Gammell earned third-team all-conference honors and junior libero Sid Brandon garnered honorable mention recognition.
Chapman started in all 28 matches this season and finished the year ranked seventh in the PacWest in hitting percentage (.302) and as the DSU team leader in kills (221). She recorded 10 or more kills eight times, including a career and DSU season-high 22 kills in a five-set win at Point Loma.
Chapman finished the season on a hitting tear as she averaged 8.9 kills in her final 17 matches and .324 overall with just 37 attack errors in 352 total attempts during that stretch. Her recent tear also vaulted her up to fourth on DSU's career hitting percentage list (.262). In addition, Chapman finished the year second on the team in total blocks (95), block assists (90) and solo blocks (five).
Gammell started in all 28 matches this past season and finished the year fourth in the conference in total blocks (119) and block assists (108), as well as seventh overall in solo blocks (11). She collected five or more blocks in 12 of her 28 starts and tied DSU's single-match record for block assists with 10 vs. Point Loma. In addition, her 119 total blocks and 108 block assists are both second best on DSU's single-season lists.
On the offensive side, Gammell finished second on the team in kills (217) and reached double figures in kills seven times, including a career-high 21 kills in a come-from-behind five-set win at Hawai’i Pacific.
Brandon, who was voted 2017 Preseason PacWest Libero of the Year, finished the regular season ranked third in the PacWest in total digs (473) and tied for fourth in digs per set (4.59 dps). She collected 10 or more digs in 23 of 28 matches played with eight outings of 20-plus digs, highlighted by a career-high 31 digs vs. Point Loma. Brandon’s 473 digs this season is a career season high.
The All-PacWest team and individual awards are decided by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches, who cannot vote for their own players.
AVCA No. 1 ranked and 2017 PacWest champion California Baptist claimed five of the conference’s six major postseason awards, including Player of the Year (Lauren Hackett), Setter of the Year (Sydney Kralj), Newcomer of the Year (Madison Witt), Freshman of the Year (Sydney Marks) and Coach of the Year (Branden Higa). In addition, Biola’s Tess Van Grouw was voted the league’s Libero of the Year.
Dixie State wrapped up the 2017 season with a 13-15 overall record and tied for sixth place in the PacWest standings at 11-9 in its final season of league membership.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.