Four Volleyball Players Receive WCC Post-Season Honors
Four Bronco volleyball players were honored by the West Coast Conference on Tuesday. Senior Haley Cameron and junior Taylor Milton were both named to the All-WCC Honorable Mention team and freshmen Nikki Hess and Sabrina Clayton were named to the WCC All-Freshman team.
A Liberal Studies major, Cameron played in 59 career matches for the Broncos after transferring to Santa Clara after playing her first two years at University of Texas. She has collected 474 kills, 31 block solos and 183 block assists for 214 total blocks in her two years at SCU. This season Cameron averaged 2.29 kpg and .99 blocks per game, playing in 106 sets with four service aces. Cameron collected double-digit kills in 15 matches and her hitting percentage of .318 was second-best on the Bronco team. In league matches this season she led the team in hitting at .324 and with 1.09 bpg. She had a season-high nine total blocks in the 3-1 win vs. LMU on Nov. 21. She was also named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic First Team with a 3.68 grade point average on Nov. 20.
Milton has played in 81 career matches for the Broncos in her three seasons on the Mission campus. She has collected 785 kills with 66 aces, 676 digs and 123 total blocks in 311 sets played. This season she collected 2.73 kpg, .33 sapg and 2.17 dpg. Milton's 33 aces were tied for the team lead this year with Clayton. Milton's 273 kills were third best on the team this year and her 251 digs were second-best for SCU. She led the team with 2.85 kpg, .36 sapg and 2.72 dpg in league matches. Milton was at her best in the upset win over No. 21 BYU on Nov. 9 when she collected 15 kills and 16 digs with four aces. She had nine double-doubles this season (kills/digs) with a season-high 24 kills, hitting .457, in the 3-2 win at Pacific on Nov. 16.
"It is great to see Haley and Taylor recognized for their strong play this year," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Both had really good years. At times they were one of the best in the conference at their positions with Taylor playing opposite and Haley in the middle. They played at a really high level. Moving forward, we are looking forward to Taylor's senior year next year – we all know she will be even better!"
Hess collected 291 kills in 107 sets this season, playing all six rotations. Hess and Alyssa Anderson were the only two Broncos to play in every set this season. Hess scored 2.72 kpg and added 2.32 dpg and .23 sapg. Hess' 291 kills were tied for the most on the team with senior Megan Anders. She was second with 818 attacks and fourth in digs per game. Hess posted a career-high 17 kills in the 3-2 win at Pacific on Nov. 16. She had nine double-doubles this season (kills/digs).
Clayton added 277 kills this season in 100 sets. She scored 2.77 kpg, .33 sapg and .41 bpg. Clayton hit .242, which was fourth-best on the team. She was second on the team in kills per game and tied with Milton for the team-lead with 33 aces. Her 196 kills in league play led the team and she was third-best with 2.80 kpg. She had a career-high 19 kills in the win over New Mexico State and tallied 14+ kills in eight matches this year.
"Our future is really bright with Nikki and Sabrina leading the way. They played very well this season – very solid," added Wallace. "They did a really good job this year and it's a shame that Mary Shepherd didn't join them on the WCC All-Freshman team as well."