Volleyball's April Ross Named Pac-10 Player of the Year

Nov. 25, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC women's volleyball senior outside hitter April Ross has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

In addition to Ross, the top-ranked Women of Troy have eight total players who earned all-conference accolades. Five players, including Ross, middle blocker Emily Adams, setter Toni Anderson, middle blocker Bibiana Candelas and outside hitter Keao Burdine, earned All-Pac-10 first team honors - the most-ever first-team picks for the Trojans. Middle blocker/opposite hitter Katie Olsovsky and libero Nicole Davis were named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team and freshman Kimi Freeburg earned All-Freshman honorable mention honors.

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.

Among the other conference honorees, California head coach Rich Feller was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Stanford newcomer Kristin Richards was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

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