April 13, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball program, under the direction of Head Coach Andrew Palileo, presented the team award winners for the 2008 season at a banquet held April 11, on the WSU campus.
Senior Emily Rooney (Red Wing, Minn.) won the most valuable player and the most inspirational player awards. Rooney, a 6-1 middle hitter, was one of three co-captains for the 2008 squad. She was the MVP of the Boise State Bronco tournament and named to the Idaho Classic all-tournament team. Rooney was second on the team with 226 kills, a .289 hitting percentage, and a 0.69 blocks per set average. She led the team with 19 service aces.
Brittany Tillman received the most improved award. Tillman, a 6-1 sophomore middle blocker from Tacoma, led the team in blocks with 96 and tallied 225 kills this season and was the WSU team leader in kills in Pacific-10 Conference matches.
Brittany Johnson won the Coaches "Coug" Award, given for dedication, hard work and attitude. Johnson, a 5-9 outside hitter from Phoenix, Ariz., was a four-year starter for the Cougars and one of the tri-captains for the 2008 season. Johnson finished her WSU career with 1,118 kills, fifth-best on the school's all-time record list. She is also fifth on the WSU career solo blocks list with 73. Johnson, who graduated with two degrees from WSU in December 2008, was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Dist. VIII All-Academic second team in both 2007 and 2008, and the third team in 2006. She was a Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection in 2008, 2007, and a second-team selection in 2006.
The Cougar volleyball team will conclude the 2009 spring season with a scrimmage against Idaho, Wednesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in Bohler Gym.