Women's Volleyball

Ying Chun Chen named PacWest Setter of the Year

Ying Chun Chen named PacWest Setter of the Year

IRVINE, Calif. — Pacific West Conference coaches named senior setter Michelle Chen the 2015 Setter of the Year and her third All-PacWest selection.

The 2015 All-PacWest Volleyball team and awards were released by the conference office on Tuesday. PacWest Champion Dixie State led the conference with five All-PacWest selections and the Coach of the Year.

Chen was named to her third All-PacWest First Team honor while also taking the Setter of the Year honors after redshirting the 2014 season. Chen ranked second in the PacWest in assists (10.69) and eighth in service aces (0.35) per set. Chen recorded her first career triple-double against CBU with 53 assists, 11kills and 11 digs.

Chen's legacy will be one of the greatest setters to ever play at BYU-Hawaii. Chen holds the all-time record for career assists (4348), service aces (156), sets played (380) and service attempts (1706) all in the rally scoring era.

Teammate Sinamoni Tonga was named to the third team after leading the Seasiders with 3.45 kills per set to go with 2.61 digs per set.

Point Loma outside hitter Heather Leavitt was named PacWest Player of the Year, the first honor for the Sea Lion program. She led the PacWest in kills (4.77) and points (5.13) per set, ranking third and fifth in the nation, respectively. She also ranked 13th in the conference in hitting percentage (.264) and 14th in digs per set (3.63). She recorded 22 double-doubles, including seven-consecutive to close the regular season. She was the first Sport Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on the season after averaging 5.27 kills and 4.07 digs per set in four PLNU wins at the Seasider Invitational. Had 35 kills against UCSD in that tournament were the second-most in a five-set match in the NCAA all season.

Dominican defensive specialist Amanda Lee was named PacWest Libero of the Year. Lee led the PacWest and ranked 18th in the nation in digs per set (5.86) to become the first Dominican player to win the award. She had five matches with at least 30 digs, including a program record 39 in a five-set win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Chaminade right side hitter Keani Passi was named PacWest Newcomer of the Year and middle blocker Daisia LaBrie was named PacWest Freshman of the Year. They became the first Silverswords to win an individual volleyball award. Passi ranked second in the PacWest in kills per set (4.29) and 14th in hitting percentage (.263). A two-time PacWest Player of the Week, Passi recorded 15 double-doubles. She had 25 kills against Dixie State, the third-most by a player in a three-set match in 2015. LaBrie led the PacWest in hitting percentage (.359) and ranked second in total blocks (103). She had a career-high 13 kills and seven blocks in her first career match against Simon Fraser. She tied that career-high mark in kills on a .632 hitting percentage at Dominican. She notched multiple blocks in every match this season.

Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder was named PacWest Coach of the Year, her second honor in the last three years. She led Dixie State to its first PacWest Championship, earning the distinction as the first mainland school to win a title. Dixie State earned its third-consecutive NCAA Championship berth and had five All-PacWest selections.

California Baptist earned four All-PacWest selections, and Concordia, Fresno Pacific and Point Loma each earned three. FPU libero Hannah Butler ended her career as a four-time All-PacWest selection. Leavitt and CBU outside hitter Lauren Hackett repeated as first-team selections.

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