Pac-10 Announces 2005 Volleyball All-Conference Team
WASHINGTON senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, STANFORD middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo has been honored as the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, and Washington's Jim McLaughlin has been named Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- SANJA TOMASEVIC, WASHINGTON
Tomasevic, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the first Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the Huskies to a successful defense of their Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. Tomasevic, a native of Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro, was among the league statistical leaders in hitting percentage (.373/4th), kills per game (4.52 kpg/4th) and points (5.44 ppg/4th). She holds a pair of Washington career records with 1,716 kills and 150 service aces. With 1,157 career digs, she is one of only three Huskies all-time to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- FOLUKE AKINRADEWO, STANFORD
Akinradewo, a middle blocker from Plantation, Fla., is third in the Pac-10 with a .403 hitting percentage and tenth in kills (3.95 kpg), points (4.75 ppg) and blocks (1.08 bpg). In Pac-10 matches only, she tops all players with a .386 hitting percentage. She posted double digit kill totals in 25 of 30 matches played this season. Akinradewo becomes the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- JIM McLAUGHLIN, WASHINGTON
Jim McLaughlin has been tabbed as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Washington to its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. The Huskies rolled off a school-record 23-match winning streak and finished the regular season at 26-1 overall. Washington has been ranked second or third all season in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 poll. McLaughlin, who earns the honor for the third time in four seasons, has a career record of 190-83 (.696) in nine seasons, including a record of 107-40 (.728) in five seasons at Washington. Prior to Washington, McLaughlin spent four years at Kansas State, compiling a 81-43 (.653) record.
2005 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN
Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ OH 5-11 Sr. Antioch, Calif.
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Fr. Plantation, Fla.
Bibiana Candelas, USC*** MB 6-5 Sr. Torreon, Mexico
Alesha Deesing, WASH MB 6-1 So. Salem, Ore.
Kim Glass, ARIZ**** OH 6-2 Sr. Lancaster, Pa.
Candace Lee, WASH** L 5-7 Sr. Eugene, Ore.
Nana Meriwether, UCLA MB 6-1 Jr. Ventura, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH** OH 6-2 So. Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL OH 5-8 So. Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN*** OH 6-0 Jr. Orem, Utah
Debora Seilhamer, USC L 5-5 Jr. Ponce, Puerto Rico
Nellie Spicer, UCLA S 5-10 Fr. Barrington, Ill.
Courtney Thompson, WASH** S 5-8 Jr. Kent, Wash.
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH** OH 6-1 Sr. Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro
Staci Venski, USC OH/MB 6-3 Sr. California City, Calif.
*** two-time selection
*** three-time selection
**** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Nancy Barba, UCLA; Kristina Baum, ARIZ; Jenna Brown, CAL; Brittany Cahoon, OSU; Samantha Carter, CAL; Jillian Davis, CAL; Sydney Donahue, ASU; Brie Hagerty, WASH; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Dominique Lamb, ARIZ; Nicole Morton, ASU; Alicia Powers, CAL; Nellie Spicer, UCLA.
2005 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWN
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Plantation, Fla.
Morgan Beck, CAL OH 6-3 Coto De Caza, Calif.
Mira Djuric, ORE MB 6-2 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
Margie Giordano, ASU OH 5-10 Glendale, Ariz.
Kaitlin Sather, UCLA OH 6-1 Santa Rose, Calif.
Nellie Spicer, UCLA S 5-10 Barrington, Ill.
Kelli Tennant, USC MB/OH 6-2 Temecula, Calif.
Honorable Mention: Brittany Johnson, WSU; Brittany Leonard, ARIZ; Jalen Pendon, WSU; Jordan Smith, UCLA; Katie Swoboda, ORE.