SAN DIEGO -- The engineer of one of the most efficient offenses in NCAA Division I women's volleyball received her conference's highest postseason honor.
Kristen Gengenbacher, the senior setter at the University of San Diego and a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year on Monday after helping the No. 9 Toreros share the WCC regular-season championship with BYU.
The Toreros rank in the top 25 nationally in kills per set (fifth at 14.99), assists per set (third at 14.17) and hitting percentage (23rd at .268). Such efficiency has led them to another NCAA Tournament berth.
San Diego (24-4) will face LSU at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round at USC's Galen Center. The Toreros, who won the WCC Tournament championship, are riding a 14-match winning streak and finished the regular season with a 17-1 record in WCC play.
The 5-foot-9 Gengenbacher ranks 11th in the nation and first in the WCC with 11.66 assists per set. She has 1,108 assists to go along with 250 digs, 34 blocks and 17 aces.
Gengenbacher has 3,626 career assists, which ranks third in San Diego history.
She is the 11th player in Torero history to be named the WCC Player of the Year and the sixth since 2008.