Three Named To Volleyball All-America Teams

Dec. 15, 2004

LONG BEACH - USC women's volleyball standouts Emily Adams and Keao Burdine, while teammate Bibiana Candelas garnered third team honors, announced the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The official awards will be presented on Friday, Dec. 17, at the AVCA/All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. The National Player of the Year award winner will be announced at the banquet.

This is the third-straight first team selection for Adams, and the first-ever for Burdine. A two-time NCAA Championship MVP, Burdine was named to the second team in 2003 and did not make it past the all-region team as a sophomore. Candelas was a first-team selection in 2003.

The Women of Troy, the back-to-back defending NCAA Champions, will face Minnesota in the NCAA Semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena. The winners of each semifinal match advances to the NCAA Championship to be played Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m.

The selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair - Janice Kruger, Maryland; Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; Rich Feller, California; Burt Fuller, Utah State; Judy Green, Alabama; Jill Hirschinger, New Hampshire; Nancy Mueller, Illinois-Chicago; and Mark Rosen, Michigan. The AVCA Awards Chair is Illinois State Head Coach Sharon Dingman.

2004 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST-TEAM

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. HometownEmily Adams ^* USC MB Sr. 6-6 Phoenix, ArizonaKelly Bowman Minnesota S/H So. 5-10 Maple Grove, MinnesotaKeao Burdine # USC OH Sr. 6-1 Pico Rivera, CaliforniaMelissa Elmer # Nebraska MB Jr. 6-2 Fort Wayne, IndianaPaula Gentil #! Minnesota DS/Lib Jr. 5-9 Forteleza Ceara, BrazilStacey Gordon #*& Ohio State OH Sr. 5-11 Oshawa, Ontario, CanadaKanoe Kamana'o @ Hawai'i S So. 5-8 Honolulu, Hawai'iOgonna Nnamani ^$& Stanford OH Sr. 6-1 Normal, IllinoisSarah Pavan Nebraska RS/Opp Fr. 6-5 Kitchener, Ontario, CanadaCourtney Thompson Washington S So. 5-8 Kent, WashingtonMira Topic ! Texas OH Sr. 6-3 Kastela Kambelovac, CroatiaSam Tortorello # Penn State S Jr. 5-11 Shorewood, Illinois

2004 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND-TEAM

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. HometownDevon Forster San Diego OH Sr. 6-1 Boulder, ColoradoBethany Howden Texas MB Sr. 6-2 Austin, TexasLindsey Hunter Missouri S Jr. 5-10 Papillion, NebraskaLaura Jones Texas A&M OH Jr. 6-2 Arlington, TexasCamille Leffall California MB Sr. 6-1 Upland, CaliforniaMarisa Main Ohio State S So. 5-9 Louisville, KentuckyChristal Morrison Washington OH Fr. 6-2 Puyallup, WashingtonSyndie Nadeau Penn State RS/Opp Sr. 6-1 St. Georges, Quebec, CanadaVictoria Prince Hawai'i MB Jr. 6-0 Kennewick, WashingtonJennifer Saleaumua Nebraska OH Jr. 5-11 National City, CaliforniaKelly Wing @ UC Irvine OH Sr. 5-11 Murrieta, CaliforniaChrissie Zartman UCLA DS/Lib Sr. 5-5 Hermosa Beach, California

2004 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD-TEAM

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. HometownLauren Brewster Notre Dame MB Jr. 6-3 Brentwood, TennesseeBibiana Candelas ^ USC MB Jr. 6-5 Torreon, MexicoJane Collymore Florida OH Jr. 6-0 Englewood, ColoradoAlexis Crimes Long Beach State MB Fr. 6-3 Rancho Cucamonga, CaliforniaJulie Knytych Tennessee S Jr. 5-9 LaGrange Park, IllinoisKrystal McFarland UCLA S Sr. 5-10 Ventura, CaliforniaLynnette Moster @$ Georgia Tech OH Sr. 5-10 Liberty, IndianaMelissa Munsch # Texas A&M MB Sr. 6-1 Columbus, TexasJill Odenthal Wisconsin RS/Opp Sr. 6-0 Geneva, IllinoisAlexandra Oquendo Georgia MB Jr. 6-2 Guaynabo, Puerto RicoLindsey Sherburne San Diego S Jr. 5-9 Saratoga, CaliforniaAna Yartseva Louisville MB So. 6-4 Anapa, Russia

^ indicates 2003 AVCA First-Team All-America selection* indicates 2002 AVCA First-Team All-America selection% indicates 2001 AVCA First-Team All-America selection# indicates 2003 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection$ indicates 2002 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection& indicates 2001 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection@ indicates 2003 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection! indicates 2002 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

2004 AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year: Sarah Pavan (University of Nebraska, Right Side/Opposite Hitter)

2004 AVCA Division I Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 17, 2004

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