Ross Named Pac-10 Volleyball Freshman Of The Year

Nov. 21, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Arizona junior setter Dana Burkholder has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, USC freshman outside hitter April Ross is honored as Freshman of the Year, and head coaches David Rubio of Arizona and Jerritt Elliott of USC were selected as Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

All six starters for the Women of Troy were honored to all-conference teams. Junior Jennifer Pahl earned her second All-Pac-10 first team selection, while senior Janae Henry earned her second honorable mention selection. Senior outside hitter Antoinette Polk will complete her final season with her fourth honor. As a freshman (1997) she was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was selected as All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a sophomore (1998) and junior (1999). Freshmen Toni Anderson and Katie Olsovsky each earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades, along with being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- DANA BURKHOLDER, ARIZONA
Burkholder, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the first Arizona player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Burkholder was a major force in leading Arizona to its first-ever Pac-10 title as the Wildcats shared the championship with USC. Burkholder, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., is third in the Conference in assists, averaging 14.08 assists per game, and 10th in digs with 3.05 digs per game. She guided Arizona's offense to its most productive hitting season in school history. The Wildcats posted a .321 attack percentage, a mark that ranks second all-time in Pac-10 history.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- APRIL ROSS, USC
A 6-1 outside hitter from Newort Beach, Calif., Ross was instrumental in USC's run for the Pac-10 title. She led the Women of Troy, and ranked 10th in the Pac-10, with 3.54 kills per game. Her 0.37 service aces per game ranked fifth in the Conference, while her 2.91 digs per game ranked 10th. Ross earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after hitting .417 with 37 kills (4.63 kpg) in wins over No. 3 Arizona and Arizona State respectively.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR -- DAVID RUBIO, ARIZONA/JERRITT ELLIOTT, USC
Arizona coach David Rubio and USC interim coach Jerritt Elliott have been tabbed the Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year after both guided their respective clubs to a shared Pac-10 title and top-five ranking. The shared championship marks the first time a team other than UCLA or Stanford has won the Pac-10 title. Rubio led Arizona to a 24-3 record overall, 16-2 in Pac-10 play, while Elliott guided USC to a 24-2 mark overall and a matching 16-2 Pac-10 record. Rubio is in his ninth season at Arizona, posting a career record of 288-155 (.650), and has led the Wildcats to postseason play seven times. Elliott, serving as the Trojans interim head coach forthe second year until Mick Haley takes over the reigns in 2001, earns Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. Elliott brought in the nation's No. 1 ranked recruiting class and proceeded to guide the young squad to the Pac-10 title. With one more victory, USC will post its first 25-win season since 1985. Elliott's career record stands at 45-11 (.804).

2000 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
PLAYER,TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN
Elisabeth Bachman (UCLA)MB 6-3 Sr. Lakeville, Minn.
Amanda Burbridge (ASU) OH 6-2 Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dana Burkholder (ARIZ) S 5-8 Jr. Bakersfield, Calif.
Marisa DaLee (ARIZ) MB 6-3 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Jennifer Detmer (STAN) MB 6-3 Sr. Thousand Oaks, Calif.
LaToya Harris (WSU) OH 5-9 So. Portland, Ore.
Allison Napier (ARIZ) OH 6-2 Sr. Santa Ana, Calif.
Jennifer Pahl (USC) MB 6-1 Jr. Murrieta, Calif.
Kristee Porter (UCLA) OH 5-11 Jr. Tyler, Texas
April Ross (USC) OH 6-1 Fr. Neport Beach, Calif.
Gina Schmidt (OSU) OH 5-11 Jr. Beaverlodge, Alberta, Can.
Logan Tom (STAN) OH 6-1 So. Salt Lake City, Utah

Honorable Mention: Toni Anderson, USC, Ashley Bowles, UCLA, Lauren Fendrick, UCLA, Janae Henry, USC, Michelle Mortensen, ASU, Katie Olsovsky, USC, Alicia Perry, CAL, Antoinette Polk, USC, Lisa Rutledge, ARIZ, Chelsie Schafer, WSU, Erika Selsor, UCLA, Kali Surplus, WSU, Jill Talbot, ARIZ, Monique Tobbagi, ORE, Lisa Underhill, WASH.

2000 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWN
Toni Anderson (USC) S 5-10 Anaheim, Calif.
Cheryl Anglin (ASU) S 5-9 Queen Creek, Ariz.
Zanda Bautre (WSU) MH 5-11 Riga, Latvia
Sara McGee (STAN) MB 6-1 Davis, Calif.
April Ross (USC) OH 6-1 Newport Beach, Calif.
Katie Olsovsky (USC) MB 6-3 Torrance, Calif.

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL, Ella Harley, UCLA, Kimberly Mehlhorn, ASU.

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