Ogonna Nnamani Named Volleyball Honda Award Winner

Jan. 13, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Volleyball superstar Ogonna Nnamani, from California's Stanford University, has been voted the nation's top college female volleyball player. The honor was based on the results of national ballotting among NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 29th year.

Nnamani hails from Normal, IL. A senior majoring in Human Biology, she's an outside hitter who led her team to an NCAA championship this year and was voted the most outstanding player of the Final Four tournament after setting an NCAA record with 62 kills in the semifinal and final matches. Her 823 kills for this year's season set both conference and school records and ranks seventh in all-time NCAA competition. She holds the conference record for career kills--2450--placing her sixth in all-time NCAA rankings. Nnamani was an NCAA Today's Top Eight Award recipient and was tabbed ESPN The Magazine's Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year (University division). She also competed in Athens as a member of the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team.

Nnamani's victory will earn her the Honda Award, given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports as well as an automatic nomination for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Other Honda Award winners already announced include Kelly Dostal, for field hockey; Leslie Osborne, for soccer and Kim Smith, for cross-country. Athletes voted the most outstanding in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field will be named over the next few months. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions and the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup in New York in June 2005.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsors the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. The National Soccer Coaches Association selected the nominees for the Honda Award in soccer.

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