Three Huskies Named To Academic All-District Volleyball Teams

Nov. 10, 2005

SEATTLE-- The Washington volleyball team placed three players on the Academic All-District VIII University Division Volleyball Teams. Senior libero Candace Lee and junior setter Courtney Thompson were named to the six-member first team, while senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic was a second team selection.

The team is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Division I volleyball teams in California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

Other first team selections included Christine Harms (Nevada), Kim McGiven (Santa Clara), Kayla Mulder (Cal Poly) and Alexia Crimes (Long Beach State).

Lee boasts a 3.78 grade point average in English with a minor in Italian. She leads the Huskies with 4.49 digs per game and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time list with 1,836 career digs. Lee is 229 digs away from the Pac-10 record of 2,065 held by UCLA Bruin Chrissie Zartman. Lee already holds the single-season (666, 2004) and career dig records at Washington. If the season were to end today, Lee would hold the Pac-10 record for digs average with 4.57 dpg. Last season, Lee was a third team Academic All-American and a honorable mention All-American. She is a member of the Dean's List and has received Pac-10 All-Academic honors twice.

Thompson has achieved a 3.63 grade point average in Business. She leads the country with 14.88 assists per game and has led Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the country (.355). Thompson has 4,319 career assists and is the first Husky to amass 4,000 career assists. She ranks eighth on the Pac-10 all-time assists list and is 142 dishes away from the No. 7 spot held by former Stanford Cardinal Carrie Feldman (1989-92). Thompson already holds the UW single-season assists record (1,643, 2004). If her career were to end today, Thompson would also hold the Pac-10 record for assists per game with 14.54 apg. She was a third team Academic All-American last season and a first team All-American setter. Thompson is a member of the Dean's List and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Academic team last year.

Lee and Thompson advance to the national ballot to determine the 2005 Academic All-America teams.

Tomasevic owns a 3.34 cumulative grade point average in Communications. She is just the third Husky to amass both 1,000 kills and digs in a career and is on pace to break the UW career kills and aces records this season. Tomasevic is a two-time National Player of the Week and has been chosen as the Pac-10 Player of the Week four times. She was a second team All-American in 2003. Tomasevic currently leads the team with 4.30 kills per game.

The Washington volleyball team is ranked second in the country and boasts a 22-0 overall record and a 13-0 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies join top-ranked Nebraska as the only two undefeated teams left in Division I Volleyball. The 22 victories tie the school record for best start and consecutive wins set last season.

Washington has a three-match lead in the Pac-10 standings with five matches remaining. The Huskies won their first-ever Pac-10 title last season.

UW takes on USC Friday night and UCLA Saturday in the team's final Pac-10 road trip of the season.

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