AVCA Names 14 Pac-10 Volleyball Players To The 26th Annual AVCA Division I All-America Team

Dec. 14, 2006

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has selected 14 Pacific-10 Conference volleyball players from five member schools to its 26th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams.

STANFORD'S Foluke Akinradewo, Cynthia Barboza, UCLA's Nana Meriwether, Nellie Spicer, and WASHINGTON'S Christal Morrison and Courtney Thompson were named to AVCA's First Team.

Akinradewo, a sophomore middle blocker from Plantation, Fla., led the Cardinal to a conference-leading .291 team hitting percentage. The sophomore ranked second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.439), sixth in both blocks (1.42 bpg) and points (4.88), and ninth in kills (3.87).

Barboza, a sophomore outside hitter from Long Beach, Calif., leads the Pac-10 in service aces averaging 0.44 per game and currently ranks eighth all-time at Stanford with 45 in a single season. In addition, Barboza leads the Cardinal and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in both kills (4.28) and points (5.17) per game.

Meriwether, a senior middle blocker from Potomac, Md., leads the Pac-10 with 621 career blocks, which ranks third on UCLA's all-time career leaders, just one block shy of the No. 2 spot held by Elisabeth Bachman. Her 236 total blocks this season also ranks second in UCLA's all-time single season list. Meriwether leads the country in both hitting percentage (.460) and blocks per game with 1.97.

Pac-10 Player of the Year, Morrison became the second Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. An outside hitter from Puyallup, Wash., Morrison was among the league statistical leaders in points (5.35 ppg/2nd), kills per game (4.63 kpg/2nd) and service aces (0.27 sapg/10th). She earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times during the season in helping the defending national champions post a 29-4 record overall and tie for second in the Pac-10 with a 15-3 league mark. She currently ranks fourth on the school's career kills list with 1,396 kills.

Spicer, a sophomore setter from Barrington, Il., garnered her first AVCA All-America honor after leading the Bruins with 13.66 assists per game, which also ranks second among Pac-10 leaders. Her 1,666 assists this season ranks third on the Bruins all-time single season list, while her 2,885 career assists ranks seventh on UCLA's all-time assist leaders.

A three-time AVCA All-American, Thompson led the Huskies and the nation with 14.70 assists per game. The senior from Kent, Wash., holds the assists record at Washington with 6,531 career assists, along with the top four spots on their single season assists. Thompson's record of 1,690 assists this season gave her possession of the Pac-10 career assists record, and with a possible two matches remaining this season, she sits just 119 assists away from claiming the NCAA career assists record of 6,650.

Angie Pressey of CALIFORNIA, Bryn Kehoe of Stanford, Asia Kaczor of USC and Alesha Deesing of Washington garnered AVCA Second Team recognition. Kristin Richards of Stanford, Katie Carter of UCLA, Debora Seilhamer of USC and Jessica Swarbrick of Washington round out the Pac-10 contingent on the All-America teams, receiving third team nods. Six on the first team is a Pac-10 record, and 14 overall (six 1st, four 2nd and four 3rd) are the most ever for the Conference.

The awards will be presented Dec. 15, 2006, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet at the Qwest Center Omaha.

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 athletes. The AVCA Division I National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 15 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

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