Alicia Akporiaye Earns Honorable Mention Freshman All-Pac-10
Nov. 20, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State freshman volleyball player Alicia Akporiaye was named Honorable Mention Freshman All-Pac-10 when the conference office announced its annual awards earlier today in Walnut Creek, Calif. Akporiaye is averaging 1.64 kills per game and 1.97 digs per game in her freshman season.
Akporiaye, who prepped at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, recorded three matches with double-digits in kills, including a career-high 13 vs. rival Arizona (11/3). Akporiaye also ranked third on the team with 0.64 blocks per game. She recorded a career-high 6.0 total blocks vs. Arizona (10/5), including four solo blocks in that match.
'I think it is great Alicia got recognized for her efforts on the court,' said ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park. 'She learned a lot on the court this year and we expect her to only get better in the future. She showed a lot of adversity this year and will be looked upon as a leader for the next three years.'
While not gaining any Pac-10 acclaim, senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin and Kim Mehlhorn deserve recognition for their strong seasons. Mehlhorn has been the most consistent Sun Devil this year, averaging 3.44 kpg and 2.90 dpg. She has recorded 13 straight matches with 10 or more kills and in Pac-10 play only is averaging 3.91 kpg and 3.21 dpg.
'Kim had just a tremendous Pac-10 season and I think it would have been deserving of her to earn honorable mention status,' said Snyder-Park. 'But nothing takes away from her great year and the great future she has left in our program. She continually improved every weekend and has become our biggest weapon on the court.'
Coughlin will put the finishing touches on a tremendous senior season and ASU career this weekend when the Devils complete the 2001 season at Stanford and Cal. Coughlin is leading the Pac-10 in digs with a 3.93 per game average and is leading ASU with 3.68 kills per game. She has recorded the second most digs in a career in ASU history, logging 1,492 in 106 career matches. With eight more digs she will become only the fifth player in Pac-10 history to surpass 1,500 digs in a career. She is also sixth in school history with 1,342 career kills.
'You couldn't ask for a more dedicated player than Jami Coughlin,' said Snyder-Park on her senior co-captain. 'She will lead the Pac-10 in digs for the second time in her career this year and will go down as one of the best defensive players in league history.'
Five-time Pac-10 Player of the Week Logan Tom (Stanford) earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, while teammate Ogonna Nnamani earned Freshman of the Year honors and Cardinal head coach John Dunning eared Coach of the Year.