Courtney Thompson Named To The AVCA All-America First Team

Dec. 15, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Three Washington volleyball players have received All-America honors, it was announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Sophomore setter Courtney Thompson was a first team selection, while freshman outside hitter Christal Morrison was named to the second team and senior libero Candace Lee was an honorable mention pick.

Thompson becomes Washington's seventh-ever first team All-American after ranking third in the nation with 14.66 assists per game. She has paced the Huskies to a seventh-best .286 hitting percentage en route to Washington's first-ever Final Four appearance. Thompson ranks third on the Washington all-time list with 3,173 career assists and she needs just eight more assists to surpass her own single-season assist record (1,590) set last season.

Morrison is Washington's first-ever freshman to earn All-America honors. She was the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after ranking second in the conference with 4.21 kills per game and 4.79 points per game. Morrison has tallied double-figure kills in 25 matches this season and has 12 double-doubles.

Lee earns honorable mention accolades after ranking second in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation with 5.85 digs per game. She has 1,531 career digs to rank fourth all-time in the Pac-10 and top the Husky charts. Lee's 632 digs this season are also a UW record.

The 32 athletes named to the first, second and third teams will be presented with awards this evening at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet in Long Beach, Calif., at the Westin Hotel. The National Player of the Year will also be announced at the banquet.

The Huskies will play in the national semifinal vs. Stanford Thursday at 5:30 p.m., at the Long Beach Arena. Southern California and Minnesota square off in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m., with the winners advancing to the National Championship, Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.

The semifinal matches will be taped delayed on ESPN2. Washington's match will be broadcast Thursday night at 8 p.m., while the USC/Minnesota match will be broadcast Friday at noon.

Saturday's National Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.

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