During the 2013 season, Holt, a 6-1 outside hitter from Hercules, Calif., was the AVCA Pacific North Region Freshman of the Year, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection and a Pac-12 All-Freshman first team member. She led the Cougars with 3.89 kills per set and 4.53 points per set which were both seventh-best in Pac-12. Holt also had 0.28 service aces per set average, eighth-best in Pac-12. The talented freshman etched her name into WSU all-time single season records with 479 kills (fifth), 1,316 attack attempts total (third), and 557.5 season points (10th). She was selected the MVP of the Army Black Knights and Sam Houston State tournaments and was a four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection in 2013.
Ten members of the 2014 Preseason All-Pac-12 Volleyball Team were on the 14-member 2013 team. This year’s squad includes seven first-, second-, or third-team AVCA All-Americans and grew to 15 members due to a tie in voting. The other 2014 honorees are: are: Inky Ajanaku, Stanford; Liz Brenner, Oregon; Samantha Bricio, USC; Madi Bugg, Stanford; Jordan Burgess, Stanford; Macey Gardner, Arizona State; Christina Higgins, California; Brittany Howard, Stanford; Madi Kingdon, Arizona; Karsta Lowe, UCLA; Kaleigh Nelson, Washington; Ebony Nwanebu, USC; Taylor Simpson, Colorado; and Krista Vansant, Washington.
In the 2014 Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll, last year’s conference runner-up, Stanford, narrowly edged out USC with the Cardinal tallying 114 points and five first-place votes while the Women of Troy had 113 points and received five votes for first place. Defending Pac-12 Champion Washington was selected third with 106 points and garnered two first-place votes. The rest of the poll with points received is: 4. Arizona State 73, 5. California 70 and Oregon 70, 7. Colorado 62, 8. UCLA 58, 9. Arizona 51, 10. Utah 39, 11. Washington State 25, and 12. Oregon State 11.