Pac-10 Names Volleyball All-Conference Teams

Nov. 25, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- USC senior outside hitter April Ross has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

Ross, a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the first USC player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She is also the ninth player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times. Ross led USC to a perfect 18-0 Pac-10 mark as the Women of Troy captured the league title for the third time in four years. USC remains undefeated on the season at 27-0, extending its unbeaten streak to 39 matches.

Ross, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., was among the league leaders in the Conference in kills (3.65 kills per game/7th), points (4.70 points per game/5th), service aces (0.58/1st) and digs (3.09dpg/10th). Ross has collected 1,478 career kills to rank seventh in school history, while her 152 service aces rank second all-time at USC.

Richards, an outside hitter from Orem, Utah, is second on Stanford averaging 3.17 kills and 2.80 digs. However, she improved those numbers in league play, averaging 3.43 kills and 3.01 digs in Pac-10 matches. She has posted 12 double-doubles on the season. Richards becomes the eighth Cardinal to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.

California coach Rich Feller has been tabbed the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding California to its best Pac-10 showing in school history as the Bears finished tied for third in league play with a 12-6 record. At 21-6 overall, Cal has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. The Golden Bears opened the season with a school record 16-match winning streak, including their first ever Pac-10 victory over rival Stanford. The Bears began the season ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll, but then climbed to a No. 5 ranking (Oct. 13) and have remained in the top 10 throughout the remainder of the season. Feller has a career record of 376-234 (.616)in 19 seasons, including a record of 77-66 (.538) in five seasons at California. Prior to Cal, Feller spent 14 years at Colorado State, compiling a 299-167 (.642) record.


PLAYER,TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWNEmily Adams, USC** MB 6-5 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.Toni Anderson, USC S 5-10 Sr. Yorba Linda, Calif.Keao Burdine, USC** OH 6-1 Jr. La Habra, Calif.Bibiana Candelas, USC MB 6-5 So. Torreon, MexicoHeather Cullen, UCLA OH 6-1 Jr. Costa Mesa, Calif.Kim Glass, ARIZ** OH 6-2 So. Lancaster, Pa.Jennifer Harvey, STAN MB 6-5 Sr. Denver, Colo.Mia Jerkov, CAL** OH 6-3 Jr. Split, CroatiaBrynn Murphy, UCLA MB 6-3 Jr. Coronado, Calif.Ogonna Nnamani, STAN*** OH 6-1 Jr. Normal, Ill.Kristin Richards, STAN OH 6-0 Fr. Orem, UtahApril Ross, USC**** OH 6-1 Sr. Newport Beach, Calif.Sanja Tomasevic, WASH OH 6-1 Jr. Uzice, YugoslaviaChrissie Zartman, UCLA** L 5-5 Jr. Hermosa Beach, Calif.

** two-time selection
*** three-time selection
**** four-time selection

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Zanda Bautre, WSU; Kara Bjorklund, WASH; Laura Collins, OSU; Nicole Davis, USC; Natalie Harris, ASU; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Allison Lawrence, OSU; Candace Lee, WASH; Camille Leffal, CAL; Krystal McFarland, UCLA; Darla Myhre, WASH; Katie Olsovsky, USC; Brittany Ringel, UCLA; Courtney Thompson, WASH.


PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWNKristen Carlson, WSU OH 6-2 Purcellville, Va.Samantha Carter, CAL S 5-11 Apopka, Fla.Colby Lyman, UCLA OH 6-0 Los Altos Hills, Calif.Sarah Mason, ORE MB 6-3 Hilo, HawaiiKristin Richards, STAN OH 6-0 Orem, UtahCourtney Thompson, WASH S 5-8 Kent, Wash.Jennifer Todd, WSU MB 6-3 Henderson, Nev.

Honorable Mention: Kristina Baum, ARIZ; Stephanie Butkus, ARIZ; Jillian Davis, CAL; Amanda Fox, CAL, Kimi Freeburg, USC; Becky Green, UCLA.

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kristin Richards, Stanford
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Rich Feller, California

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