Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Season Wrap-up
Jan. 4, 2005
The STANFORD Cardinal won their sixth NCAA title, giving the Pac-10 its 10th title in the last 15 years and 12th overall... Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, added Final Four Most Outstanding Player and AVCA National Co-Player of the Year to her list of honors this season. Cardinal teammates joining Nnamani on the Final Four all-Tournament team were senior OH Jennifer Hucke, freshman S Bryn Kehoe and sophomore OH Kristin Richards... WASHINGTON's Jim McLaughlin was tabbed the AVCA National Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to their first ever Pac-10 title and NCAA Final Four appearance... With USC joining Washington and Stanford in the Final Four, the Pac-10 had three teams in the Final Four for the second time in championships history (also in 1985)... Three Pac-10 players earned Most Outstanding Player honors at regional play - Stanford's Nnamani (Green Bay region), USC's Keao Burdine (Louisville region) and Washington's Sanja Tomasevic (Seattle region).
Pac-10 Player of the Year
Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Christal Morrison, Washington
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2004 ALL-PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Player, School, Pos., Ht., Yr., Hometown
Emily Adams, USC***, MB, 6-5, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Keao Burdine, USC***, OH, 6-1, Sr., La Habra, Calif.
Bibiana Candelas, USC**, MB, 6-5, Jr., Torreon, Mexico
Kim Glass, ARIZ***, OH, 6-2, Jr., Lancaster, Pa.
Brie Hagerty, WASH, OH, 6-1, Jr., Defiance, Ohio
Jolene Killough, ARIZ, MB, 6-5, Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Candace Lee, WASH, L, 5-7, Jr., Eugene, Ore.
Camille Leffall, CAL, MH, 6-1, Sr., Upland, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, Fr., Puyallup, Wash.
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN****, OH, 6-1, Sr., Normal, Ill.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, Fr., Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN**, OH, 6-0, So., Orem, Utah
Courtney Thompson, WASH, S, 5-8, So., Kent, Wash.
Chrissie Zartman, UCLA***, L, 5-5, Sr., Hermosa Beach, Calif.
** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL; Samantha Carter, CAL; Becky Green, UCLA; Jennifer Hucke, STAN; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Allison Lawrence, OSU; Sarah Mason, ORE; Krystal McFarland, UCLA; Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Brynn Murphy, UCLA; Darla Myhre, WASH; Alicia Powers, CAL; Debora Seilhamer, USC; Jennifer Todd, WSU.
2004 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Player, School, Pos., Ht., , Hometown
Sydney Donahue, ASU, L, 5-7, , Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sarah Florian, USC, OH, 6-1, , Toledo, Ohio
Franci Girard, STAN, MB, 6-2, , Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bryn Kehoe, STAN, S, 5-11, , North Bend, Ohio
Collette Meek, ASU, MB, 6-1, , Sherwood Park, Alberta, Can.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, , Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, , Heathrow, Fla.
Honorable Mention: Nina Baltimore, OSU; Diane Copenhagen, USC; Rachel Mittelstaedt, ASU.
All-Conference Notes: Nine different Stanford players have combined to win the Player of the Year honor a total of 11 times... Nnamani is the 10th player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times... Morrison is the first Washington player to be named Freshman of the Year... McLaughlin earns Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons... Adams, Burdine, Glass, Nnamani and Zartman join 28 former Pac-10 players to be selected All-Conference three or more times... Washington places four players on the All-Pac-10 team for the first time in school history... USC has placed three or more players on the All-Conference team in each of the last four seasons... Stanford has placed two or more players on the All-Conference team in all 19 seasons of Pac-10 competition... Nine states are represented on the All-Pac-10 team... There are more players from the state of Ohio (2) on the All-Freshman team than from California (1).
The Pac-10 has won four consecutive NCAA titles and 12 overall. The Pac-10 has sent at least five teams into the NCAA Tournament each year since 1999. Over the last six years, the league has produced a 96-33 (.744) postseason record. Over the last four years, the league's postseason record is an impressive 72-22 (.766).
ARIZONA - The Wildcats made their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance... The Wildcats were 14-0 this season when they hit .300 or better... Junior OH Kim Glass ranks third on the Arizona career list with 1,526 kills... Glass and senior MB Jolene Killough teamed up for All-Pac-10 honors. It's the sixth time in eight seasons that Arizona has placed more than one player on the all-league squad.
ARIZONA STATE - Libero Sydney Donahue set the ASU freshman single-season record with 375 digs... Freshman MB Colette Meek broke the ASU freshman record for blocks per game with 1.20. Meek is the first ASU player to post more than 1.00 blocks per game since 1998 (Shawna Vanley, 1.42 bpg)... ASU finished the season with a 10-17 record overall and a 5-13 league mark. Both the overall and Pac-10 record are improvements from the 9-18, 4-14 record from the 2003 season.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior MH Camille Leffall broke her own single-season hitting percentage record. She hit .384 this season, .003 above the single-season mark she set as a freshman in 2001. Her career attack percentage of .363 is a Cal career record. Leffall also established a Cal career record with 438 total blocks... Outside hitter Angie Pressey is the first California freshman to be named All-Pac-10.
OREGON - Sophomore OH Sarah Mason concluded the season by recording seven consecutive matches with double digit kill totals. She posted 96 kills, averaging 4.57 kpg over that seven-match span... With the season-ending victory over Portland State, Oregon concluded the season with a victory for the first time since sweeping Alabama in the 1996 season finale.
OREGON STATE - Senior OH Allison Lawrence concluded her OSU career fifth on the school's career list with 1,255 kills... Sophomore MB Abby Windell hit .310 on the year, the 10th best single-season attack percentage in school history... For the first time since 1996, the Beavers capped the season by winning their final two matches.
STANFORD - The Cardinal made their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance, their 15th Final Four appearance... Stanford joined Penn State, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific as the only schools to appear in all 24 championships... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani finished her career as the Pac-10's all-time with 2,450 career kills and 5,520 career attack attempts... Nnamani set a Pac-10 single-season record with 823 kills and 918.0 points... Stanford was 12-3 against ranked opponents this season... The Cardinal finished the regular season with a nine-match winning streak, which included victories over five ranked teams... Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe set a Stanford single-season record with 1,637 assists... Sophomore MB Liz Suiter posted 198 total blocks - second best single-season total in school history... Nnamani and Kristen Richards earned Green Bay all-region honors with Nnamani named all-region Most Outstanding Player.
UCLA - The Bruins made their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior L Chrissie Zartman recorded double digit dig totals in 58 consecutive matches. She holds the Pac-10 career digs record with 2,065 digs. Prior to the 2004 season, only nine other players in NCAA Division I history have recorded 2,000 or more digs in a career... Senior MB Brynn Murphy became the 20th player in UCLA history to reach 1,000 career kills. Her final total stands at 1,242 kills - good for 17th on the schools all-time list... Zartman and Nana Meriwether earned Seattle all-region honors.
USC - The Women of Troy made their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance, and seventh Final Four appearance... USC is 23-3 over the last five years of NCAA Tournament play, with four trips to the Final Four and two NCAA titles... USC was 12-4 against ranked opponents this season... Senior OH Keao Burdine finished her career with 1,432 career kills, ranking ninth on the school's all-time list... Senior MB Emily Adams posted 1,049 kills for her career. Adams hit a Pac-10 record .419 for her career... Burdine, junior MB Bibiana Candelas and junior MB Staci Venski earned Louisville all-region honors with Burdine named all-region Most Outstanding Player.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies made their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance, and first ever Final Four appearance... The Huskies opened the year with 22-straight victories to set school records for best start and most consecutive wins... Junior L Candace Lee holds the school's career record with 1,507 digs. She posted a school-single season record this year with 666 digs... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic, junior OH Brie Hagerty, and sophomore S Courtney Thompson earned Seattle all-region honors with Tomasevic named all-region Most Outstanding Player.
WASHINGTON STATE - With 259 total blocks for career, sophomore MB Jennifer Todd cracked WSU's career top ten list after just two seasons. Todd posted a career-best 11 total blocks in WSU's upset of No. 6 USC... Senior L Stacey Holbrook pushed her way onto the Cougars' single-season digs list with 395 digs this year.
PAC-10 RECORD BREAKERS
Kills - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 2,450 kills
Attempts - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 5,520 attack attempts
Hitting Percentage - Emily Adams, USC - .419 (1,049 kills, 207 errors, 2,009 attempts)
Assists - Courtney Thompson, WASH - 14.43 (3,233 assists, 224 games)
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 2,065 digs
Digs Average - Candace Lee, Washington - 4.58 dpg (1,507 digs, 329 games)
Kills - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN - 823 kills
Attempts - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN - 1,819
Points - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN - 918.0 points
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 708 digs
Digs Average - Candace Lee, WASH - 5.95 digs per game
Service Aces - Lauren Westendorf, Oregon - 12 service aces vs. Seton Hall, Sept. 17
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Sept. 7 - Lauren Westendorf, ORE. Sept. 13 - Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ. Sept. 20 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Sept. 27 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. Oct. 4 - Emily Adams, USC. Oct. 11 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Oct. 18 - Christal Morrison, WASH. Oct. 25 - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA. Nov. 1 - Angie Pressey, CAL. Nov. 8 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 15 - Debora Seilhamer, USC. Nov. 22 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 29 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH
PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Emily Adams, USC, Sr., 3.65, International Relations
Kristin Bitter, ORE, So., 4.10, Undeclared
Megan Camp, OSU, Jr., 3.95, Zoology
Allison Lawrence, OSU, Sr., 3.62, Philosophy
Candace Lee, WASH, Sr., 3.78, Pre-Major
Liz Suiter, STAN, So., 3.77, Advertising/Graphic Design
Sarah Watkins, ASU, Jr., 4.00, Secondary Education/Spanish
Alison Billingsley, WSU, Sr., 3.61, Communication
Amanda Eggert, OSU, Sr., 3.50, Political Science
Leahi Hall, STAN, Sr., 3.50, Cultural and Social Anthropology
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN, Sr., 3.44, Human Biology
Katie O'Neil, ORE, Sr., 3.59, English
Courtney Thompson, WASH, So., 3.63, Pre-Major
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH, Sr., 3.34, Communication
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Butkus, So., ARIZ; Bibiana Candelas, Jr., USC; Samantha Carter, So., CAL; Meghan Cumpston, So., ARIZ; Danka Danicic, Jr., WASH; Jillian Davis, So., CAL; Amanda Fox, So., CAL; Kimi Freeburg, So., USC; Kim Glass, Jr., ARIZ; Katie Goldhahn, Jr., STAN; Jolene Killough, Sr., ARIZ; Alexis Kollias, Jr., CAL; Kaitlin Leck, Sr., WASH; Erin Little, So., ORE; Colby Lyman, So., UCLA; Heather Madison, So., ORE; Nicole Morton, So., ASU; Alicia Powers, Jr., CAL; Kristin Richards, So., STAN; Brittany Ringel, Sr., UCLA; Alicia Robinson, Sr., USC, Kelly Russell, Jr., ORE; Courtney Schultz, Jr., STAN; Debora Seilhamer, So., USC; Natalie Smart, So., CAL; Lauren Westendorf, Sr., ORE; Abby Windell, So., OSU; Chrissie Zartman, Sr., UCLA.
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT EARLY SIGNINGS
Here's a look at those student-athletes that have inked their names to a national letter of intent during the early signing period:
ASU - Marina Mercer, 5-11, S, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
CAL - Morgan Beck, 6-3, OH, Coto De Caza, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
CAL - Sydney Blancarte, 6-1, MH, Alamo, Calif. (Corondelet HS)
CAL - Kathleen Reilly, 6-1, MH, Plano, Texas (Plano East Senior HS))
ORE - Alix Gombos, 6-1, MB/OH, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)
OSU - Ashley Evans, 5-8, S, Wilsonville, Ore. (West Linn HS)
OSU - Kaitlyn Myers, 6-1, OH, Camino, Calif. (El Dorado HS)
OSU - Jordana Price, 6-1, MB/OPP, Mountain Home, Idaho (Mountain Home HS)
STAN - Foluke Akinradewo, 6-3, MB, Plantation, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
STAN - Cynthia Barboza, 6-0, OH, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Wilson HS)
STAN - Alex Fisher, 6-1, OH, Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo School)
STAN - Erin Waller, 6-1, OH/MB, Ballwin, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)
UCLA - Elise Carstensen, 6-4, MB, Atlanta, Ga. (The Westminster Schools)
UCLA - Kelsey Hall, 6-1, OH, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS)
UCLA - Kaitlin Sather, 6-1, OH, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Maria Carrillo HS)
UCLA - Nellie Spicer, 5-9, S, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington HS)
USC - Kelli Tennant, 6-2, OH/MB, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
WASH - Jill Collymore, 5-10, OH, Bellevue, Wash. (The Bush School)
WASH - Jessica Swarbrick, 6-1, OH/MB, El Dorado, Calif. (Union Mine HS)
WSU - Brittany Johnson, 5-9, OH, Phoenix, Ariz. (Washington HS)
WSU - Natalia Owens, 6-1, MB, Lima, Peru (Shoreline CC)
WSU - Jalen Pendon, 5-7, OH, Spanaway, Wash. (Spanaway Lake HS)