Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Season Wrap-Up
Dec. 21, 2005
The WASHINGTON Huskies captured their first national title with a three-game sweep over top-seeded Nebraska. The Huskies breezed through the postseason, sweeping all six opponents in three games ... The Pac-10 has now claimed five consecutive national titles, and 13 of the 25 titles awarded by the NCAA ... Washington sophomore outside hitter Christal Morrison was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, while teammates Sanja Tomasevic and Courtney Thompson were selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team ... The Pac-10 posted a 14-5 (.737) record in the NCAA Tournament ... The Pac-10 was perfect in the first round with a 6-0 record. Over the last four years, the Pac-10 is 25-1 (.962) in the first round, and 77-10 (.885) in opening round matches since 1990 ... This is the sixth consecutive season that the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament ... Over the last five years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 88-27 (.765) record. Toss out the seven postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 79-20 (.798).
PAC-10 WELL REPRESENTED ON THE AVCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Kim Glass, Arizona
Kristin Richards, Stanford
Courtney Thompson, Washington
Sanja Tomasevic, Washington
Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford
Bibiana Candelas, USC
Candace Lee, Washington
Jennifer Abernathy, Arizona
Bryn Kehoe, Stanford
Nana Meriwether, UCLA
Christal Morrison, Washington
2005 PAC-10 HONORS
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
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.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats posted 20 wins in a season for the 15th time in school history and the ninth time in 14 seasons under coach David Rubio ... Senior OH Kim Glass was named Palo Alto Regional Co-MVP, while senior OH Jennifer Abernathy earned a spot on the all-tournament team ... With 2,151 kills, Glass is the school's all-time kills leader and the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 kills ... With 162 aces, Glass owns that UA career record as well ... Glass had 21 double-doubles this season ... Abernathy ranks eighth on the schools career kills list with 1,189.
ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore L Sydney Donahue established an ASU single-season record with 628 digs, passing the old mark held by Mindy Gowell with 601 in 1990. Donahue's two-year total stands at 1,003 digs ... 16 of ASU's 20 losses came against opponents ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season ... Junior OH Nicole Morton led the team with 300 kills (3.57 kpg) and recorded eight double-doubles on the year.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears won 10 or more league matches for the third consecutive year ... Junior L Jillian Davis finished the season third on the Cal career list with 1,262 total digs ... Junior S Samantha Carter posted 1,423 assists on the season, third on Cal's single-season assist chart. Previous Carter seasons are ranked No. 1 (1,555 in 2003) and No. 6 (1,349 in 2004) on the chart ... Sophomore OH Angie Pressey led the Bears with 447 kills (4.14 kpg). Her kill total is ninth on the school's single-season top 10 list.
OREGON - Freshman OH Mira Djuric finished her rookie campaign with 448 kills (4.19 kpg) and 59 service aces (0.55 sapg). Her kill total is the most in a season for a Duck since Madeline Ernst piled up 593 kills in 1998. Her aces total ties her for fourth most on the school's single-season list ... Freshman L Katie Swoboda recorded 448 digs - the second best single-season total in school history, just behind Teri Kramer's 452 digs in 1986.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers won seven league matches for the first time since 2001. At 7-11, it equals the third-best league mark in school history ... The Beavers were 6-3 in matches that went beyond three games ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon led OSU in hitting (.287), and topped the team with 260 kills (3.21 kpg) and 84 total blocks (1.04 bpg).
STANFORD - Junior OH Kristin Richards posted 20 or more kills in each of the last eight matches. Her 554 kills this season ranks sixth Stanford's single-season best list ... With 1,422 career kills, she ranks ninth on the school's career kills list. Her 1,247 digs are fifth on the school's all-time list ... MB Foluke Akinradewo led all Pac-10 freshmen and ranks third overall in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.397) ... Senior L Courtney Schultz's 415 digs rank fifth on the school's single-season best list ... The Cardinal have won at least 25 matches in each of the last five seasons ... Stanford has finished first or second (including ties) in the Pac-10 standings in 24 of 25 seasons of league play.
UCLA - UCLA posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season, and the 33rd in school history ... The Bruins won nine of their last 12 matches, including an upset victory over then-No. 2 Washington ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether led the Pac-10 with 196 blocks (1.73 bpg) ... Several Bruin freshmen ranked among the league's top 10 in various statistical categories. Setter Nellie Spicer is fourth in assists (12.62 apg), OH Kaitlin Sather is sixth in service aces (0.35 sapg), and L Jordan Smith is seventh in digs (3.86 dpg) ... The Bruins were 5-0 in five-game matches ... UCLA only loses one senior to graduation.
USC - Over the final five matches of senior MB Bibiana Candelas' career, she piled up 125 kills (6058 kpg) ... Junior L Debora Seilhamer established a single-season school record with 696 digs. Her 6.82 digs per game average is a Pac-10 single-season record, while her 696 digs rank second on the Pac-10's single-season list ... USC won 12 of its last 16 regular season matches, the four losses came against top-10 ranked league foes Washington (twice), Stanford and Arizona.
WASHINGTON - The 2005 NCAA Champions ... Swept the opposition in three games in 28 of 33 matches ... Coach John McLaughlin is the first coach to capture division I titles with both the men (USC in 1990) and women ... The Huskies won their second-straight Pac-10 title ... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic owns the school career record for kills (1,795) and services aces (156) ... The Huskies established a Pac-10 record with a .338 attack percentage, breaking the mark of .330 set by UCLA in 1992 ... Junior S Courtney Thompson led the Pac-10 with 14.83 assists per game average. Her 4,841 career assists rank fifth on the Pac-10's all-time list ... With 2,038 digs, senior L Candace Lee is the second player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 digs.
WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman L Jalen Pendon set WSU's single-season record with 514 digs. Pendon also set the school's single-match mark with 35 digs vs. Arizona State earlier this season ... Junior MB Jen Barcus has steadily moved up the school's block list. Her 43 solo blocks rank ninth, her 336 block assists rank fifth, while her 379 total blocks rank seventh.
CHECKING THE RECORD BOOK
Where Pac-10 Players rank in the top five on Pac-10 career and single-season lists.
1. 2,450 Ogonna Nnamani, STAN, 2001-04
2. 2,255 Kristee Porter, UCLA, 1998-01
3. 2,151 Kim Glass, ARIZ, 2002-05
Highest Kills Average (min. 1,000 kills)
1. 5.68 Kristee Porter, UCLA, 1998-01
2. 5.63 Mia Jerkov, CAL, 2001-03
3. 5.27 Kim Glass, ARIZ, 2002-05 (2,151 kills/408 games)
Career Attack Attempts
1. 5,520 Ogonna Nnamani, STAN, 2001-04
2. 5,173 Kim Glass, ARIZ, 2002-05
1. 2,065 Chrissie Zartman, UCLA, 2001-04
2. 2,038 Candace Lee, WASH, 2002-05
Highest Assists Average (min. 2,000 assists)
1. 14.58 Courtney Thompson, WASH, 2003-05 (4,841 assists/332 games)
2. 13.23 Samantha Carter, CAL, 2003-05 (4,326 assists/327 games)
Highest Digs Average (min. 1,000 digs)
1. 5.45 Sydney Donahue, ASU, 2004-05 (1,003 digs/184 games)
2. 5.25 Debora Seilhamer, USC, 2003-05 (1,350 digs/257 games)
3. 4.66 Candace Lee, WASH, 2002-05 (2,038 digs/437 games)
Highest Blocks Average (min. 300 total blocks)
1. 1.84 Marissa Hatchett, UCLA, 1989-92
2. 1.68 Nana Meriwether, UCLA, 2004-05 (385 blocks/229 games)
1. 708 Chrissie Zartman, UCLA, 2004
2. 696 Debora Seilhamer, USC, 2005
3. 666 Candace Lee, WASH, 2004
4. 628 Sydney Donahue, ASU, 2005
Season Digs Average
1. 6.82 Debora Seilhamer, USC, 2005
2. 6.40 Sydney Donahue, ASU, 2005