All Big West Honors for 5 LB State Volleyball Players

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lb state volleyball playersLong Beach State had five players from the 2010 team earn All-Big West honors, as announced by the Big West on Tuesday. Haleigh HamptonCaitlin Ledoux and Ashley Lee all earned first-team All-Big West honors, while Janisa Johnson merited an Honorable Mention nod, and Hampton and Delainey Aigner-Swesey both made the All-Freshman team.

For Caitlin Ledoux, a junior outside hitter who led the 49ers with 3.79 kills per set, the honor is the third of her career, and she is the only junior in the conference to be named to the first-team all three years as a junior. An Honorable Mention All-American in 2009, Ledoux will have a chance to repeat with that honor as well later this season.

Senior setter Ashley Lee joined Ledoux on the first-team, one of just two setters to be selected for the first team. Lee, after making the transition to setter following her sophomore season, has started for the 49ers the last two years, and has been named first-team All-Big West in both seasons for her all-around play.

The 49ers had one other player earn first-team honors, as freshman Haleigh Hampton was one of two first-year players to earn first-team honors. Hampton is one of the nation’s fiercest blockers, ranking third in the country with 1.58 blocks per set as well as first in the Big West, and averaged 2.92 kills per set on .354 hitting over the season.

The biggest surprise of the 2010 season picked up her first conference award as sophomore Janisa Johnson was selected as an Honorable Mention. After playing in just six sets and making no kills as a freshman, Johnson stepped into the starting lineup and ranked in the Top 10 in the Big West in both kills and digs, averaging 3.09 kills and 3.45 digs per set, both of which were good for second place on Long Beach State.

Hampton also earned All-Freshman team honors, one of two 49ers selected to the seven-member team. Also earning a selection to the All-Freshman team was right-side hitter Delainey Aigner-Swesey. Aigner-Swesey was fifth on the team with 106 kills on the season, and also averaged 0.66 blocks per set in her first full year with the 49ers.

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