Courtney Thompson Named Honda Sports Award Finalist

Jan. 3, 2007

SEATTLE- Washington senior setter Courtney Thompson is one of four collegiate players nominated for the Honda Sports Award for volleyball. Thompson won the award last season, becoming the first Husky in any Washington sport to receive the honor.

The award recipient, which is chosen by the nation's Senior Women's administrators, will be announced later this month. The winner will then become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Thompson, Washington's only three-time first team All-American and two-time Academic All-American, led Washington to its third-consecutive national semifinal in December and closed out her career as one of the most decorated Huskies in program history.

Thompson set the Pacific-10 Conference record with 6552 career assists, which ranks third on the NCAA all-time list. She also set the NCAA record with 14.56 assists per game and became just the second player in Pac-10 history to amass 6,000 career assists.

She led the nation in assists per game (14.50) for the second straight year and paced Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the league (.281). Thompson guided Washington to .400 hitting percentages or better six times and had 11 double-figure dig performances, becoming just the sixth player in Husky history to record 1,000-plus career digs.

She concludes her career holding the school record for games played, starting all 450 games during her four years. This four-time team captain also holds the career school records for assists (6,552) and assists per game (14.56), and ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.331) and digs (1,059).

The other nominees for the Honda Award are Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo, UCLA's Nana Meriwether and Nebraska's Sarah Pavan.

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