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Dixie State volleyball: DSU earns two All-PacWest postseason honors

Dixie State landed two players on the 2016 Pacific West Conference Women’s Volleyball postseason awards list, which was announced on Tuesday. Senior outside hitter Delayne Daniel was named to the league’s second team, while senior setter Kailey Frei earned third team all-conference honors.

Daniel (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS/Snow JC), who was a 2016 preseason all-PacWest selection, recorded a team-high 17 double-doubles (kills/digs), 13 of which came in her last 16 starts overall. She was named PacWest and Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week after collecting career highs of 23 kills and 22 digs in a road win at Point Loma, which was followed by a 15-kill, 13-dig performance in DSU's three-set sweep of Concordia-Irvine.

Daniel led DSU with 359 kills on the year, which was good for ninth in the conference and was the second-highest single-season total in the school’s NCAA era. In addition, she collected 341 digs, 30 total blocks and 22 services aces in 99 sets played. Daniel finished her two-year DSU career fourth all-time in kills (657) and digs (600) and ninth in hitting percentage (.213).

Frei (Orem, Utah/Timpanogos HS), who was voted 2016 Preseason PacWest Setter of the Year, was the only Trailblazer to start every match (28) and play in every set (102) this season. She finished the year fifth in the league in assists with 984 (9.65 aps) and collected at least 40 assists 10 times, including a season-high 50 at Point Loma and 49 vs. PLNU in the season finale on Nov. 19. Frei recorded six double-doubles overall (assists/digs), all of which came in PacWest play, and she finished second on the team in service aces (29) and collected five or more total blocks three times, including a career-high-tying seven at BYU-H.

Frei became Dixie State’s all-time assists leader (2,486 in career) after she collected 47 dimes vs. Dominican, and she finished her four-year career sixth on DSU’s career hitting percentage list (.2602), career solo blocks (17), block assists (161) and total blocks (178) as well as ninth in aces (53).

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.

Notre Dame de Namur’s OH Bianca Alvarez was named PacWest’s Player of the Year, Sydney Kralj from California Baptist was named Setter of the Year and Point Loma’s Christin Fisher and Brianna Sizemore were named Libero of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, respectively. In addition, Azusa Pacific’s Julianne Miller was selected as Freshman of Year, and Concordia-Irvine head coach Paula Weishoff was tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year.

Dixie State wrapped up the 2016 regular season with a 17-11 overall record and finished tied for third place in the PacWest standings at 13-7.

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.