2006 Women's Volleyball Wrap-Up

Dec. 21, 2006

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THREE FINAL FOUR PARTICIPANTS CAP SUCCESSFUL PAC-10 CAMPAIGN

For the second time in three years, and third time overall, three Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Women's Volleyball National Semifinals. Pac-10 Champion STANFORD went on to make their 12th appearance in the national championship match in search of a seventh national title, but fell short to Nebraska ... The 2006 postseason marked the seventh consecutive season that the Pac-10 sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament. It's the second time in Pac-10 history that five teams advanced to regional action ... The Pac-10 had a record 14 players earn AVCA All-America status, including a league record six players named to the First Team ... UCLA coach Andy Banachowski was honored as the Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year ... The Pac-10 was impressive in non-league action posting a 97-18 (.843) record against non-conference foes during the 2006 season.

Pac-10 Player of the Year
Christal Morrison, Washington

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Taylor Carico, USC

Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Jim Moore, Oregon

PAC-10 WELL REPRESENTED ON THE AVCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

First Team
Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford
Cynthia Barboza, Stanford
Nana Meriwether, UCLA
Christal Morrison, Washington
Nellie Spicer, UCLA
Courtney Thompson, Washington

Second Team
Alesha Deesing, Washington
Asia Kaczor, USC
Bryn Kehoe, Stanford
Angie Pressey, California

Third Team
Katie Carter, UCLA
Kristin Richards, Stanford
Debora Seilhamer, USC
Jessica Swarbrick, Washington

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - The Wildcats finished the season averaging 3.42 blocks a game, ranking them second in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally ... Junior MB Dominique Lamb led Arizona with 169 total blocks (1.55 bpg) to rank second in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally, while freshman MB Jacy Norton ranks fourth in the Conference and 28th nationally with 1.48 blocks per game ... Freshman OH Whitney Dosty garnered a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team after averaging 3.39 kills per game, and posting an impressive 29 kills in Arizona's upset over then No. 24 Oregon ... Lamb received All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Norton earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention respectively.

  • ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils finished the season with a 16-15 record, 7-11 in the Pac-10. The 16 wins is double their 2005 output and the tournament appearance was the first since 2002 ... Freshman S Marina Mercer tallied 1,183 assists this season to rank eighth on ASU's single-season list for assists. Her average of 10.56 assists per game ranks eighth in the Pac-10, earning her a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Junior L Sydney Donahue shattered her old record of 628 digs in 2005, as she led the Conference with 742 digs this season and ranked fourth nationally with 6.57 digs per game.

  • CALIFORNIA - The 2006 Bears, led by senior captains Samantha Carter and Jillian Davis, will go down as one of the school's all-time best, finishing 22-10 and winning 3-1 matches against Louisiana State and Cal Poly in the NCAA first and second rounds ... Carter completed her Cal career with 5,777 assists - only the fifth Pac-10 player to ever record over 5,000 career assists ... Davis ended her college career with a school-record 1,810 career digs ... Junior OH Angie Pressey was selected to the AVCA Pacific All-Region Team, and was a first-team All-Pac-10 for the third season in a row becoming the first Cal player in school history to be first-team All-Pac-10 three straight years ... Pressey led the Bears with 487 kills (4.39 kpg) and has recorded 1,262 career kills, third-most among current Pac-10 players, and the 11th player in Cal history to record over 1,000 kills.

  • OREGON - Coach Jim Moore guided Oregon to a tie for sixth in the Pac-10 race, the team's best finish since 1989, with a 7-11 league record, and a 17-11 record overall. Moore became the first Duck head coach to be named Pac-10 Coach of the Year ... After posting a single-season digs record of 565, sophomore L Katie Swoboda has tallied 1,013 career-digs, moving her into fifth place on the career digs list at Oregon ... Sonja Newcombe picked up a pair of honors as she was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention and selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She was one of only two freshmen in the conference to earn both distinctions, joining Washington L Tamari Miyashiro ... S Nevena Djordjevic and OH Neticia Enesi both garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention.

  • OREGON STATE - OH Rachel Rourke and MB Lexie Rathgeber were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Rourke averaeged 4.25 kills per game and terminated the ball 387 times overall. Her kills per game average is the best ever by an OSU freshman and the sixth-best season performance in OSU history. Her 387 kills proved to be the second-most for a frosh ... Rathgeber, who led Oregon State in blocking, earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention notice. Rathgeber finished the season with 77 block assists and 89 total blocks to rank among OSU's top freshmen in history in each category.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal, who captured their 10th Conference title, made their 12th appearance in the NCAA Championship match, and their 26th appearance in the postseason ... Stanford led the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.288), kills (16.99 kpg) and service aces (1.72 sapg) ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza led the Pac-10 averaging 0.44 service aces per game, while teammate Foluke Akinradewo ranked third nationally, second in the Conference, with a .431 hitting percentage ... The Cardinal had four players named to the 26th Annual AVCA All-America Team. Akinradewo and Barboza earned first team honors, while Bryn Kehoe was named to the second team and Kristin Richards garnered third team accolades ... Stanford was one of three schools to have four players named to an AVCA All-America team. Nebraska and UCLA each had four respectively.

  • UCLA - This season marked UCLA's first NCAA National Semifinals appearance and first 30-win season since 1994 ... The Bruins had three All-Americans for the first time since 1992 with Nana Meriwether and Nellie Spicer earning first-team honors and Katie Carter being named to the third team. It was UCLA's first season with multiple first-team All-Americans since 1993 ... Meriwether, who was named the Most Valuable Player of UCLA's NCAA Regional, led the Pac-10 and nation with a .448 season attack percentage and a 1.95 blocks per-game average. Meriwether became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the final national statistical standings in two different categories for the same season.

  • USC - USC finished the season with a 27-5 record. It is the fifth time in USC head coach Mick Haley's six-year tenure where the team has recorded five losses or less in a season ... Junior OH Asia Kaczor set a school record for most kills in a season (563), passing Jennifer Kessy's 554 in 1998. In addition to leading the Conference in kills (4.94 kpg), her 5.63 points per game not only led the Pac-10 , but is the best so far in USC history ... Senior All-America L Debora Seilhamer became the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leader in digs after passing UCLA's Chrissie Zartman as she finished her career with 2,071 digs. Her 5.13 career digs per game is a school record ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Taylor Carico established a USC freshman single-season record with 1,309 assists, which is the sixth-best single-season total on USC's charts.

  • WASHINGTON - The Huskies made their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals, finishing their season with a 29-5 mark ... Washington is now 24-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 2-2 in the final four, tying for third in 2004 and 2006 and winning the NCAA Championship in 2005 ... Senior S Courtney Thompson concluded her career ranked third all-time on the NCAA assists list (6,552) and holds the record for assists per game (14.56). She started all 450 games during her four-year career, more games than any other player in Washington history ... Freshman Tamari Miyashiro earned both an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

  • WASHINGTON STATE - Cougars L Kelly Hyder and DS Corina Beyer were tabbed for 2006 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention honors ... accumulated 565 digs this season which surpassed teammate Jalen Pendon's school single season record of 514 digs, set in 2005 ... Beyer was the Cougars starting setter and had an 11.87 assists per game ... Cougar senior co-captain Kelly Rosin became the ninth Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 kills in a career Oct. 6, 2006 ... Rosin's 1,113 kills ranks fifth all-time.
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