Angie Pressey And Hana Cutura Named 2007 AVCA All-Americans
Dec. 12, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
California volleyball senior outside hitter Angie Pressey and sophomore outside hitter Hana Cutura were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I All-America Team today. Awards will be presented to the players Dec. 14, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Pressey is making her second overall appearance on the team after being selected to the All-America Second Team in 2006. She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team for the fourth consecutive year this season, helping lead the No. 6 Golden Bears (26-7, 12-6 Pac-10) to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament National Semifinal. Pressey averaged 4.19 kills per game and logged 13 double-double performances as a senior for the Bears and moved up on the all-time records list for total career kills, to third with 1,710. She is also third all-time for career attempts with 4,176 and is four digs shy of moving into a tie for sixth all-time for total career digs (1,164).
Pressey was named to All-Tournament Teams at the Cal Molten Classic (MVP), the Golden Bear Invitational and the Colorado Invitational this season. Her contributions to Cal's wins in the Wisconsin Regional of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament earned her All-Region team honors. This week, she was selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week and also became a recipient of the first-ever Toyo Tires Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year award for volleyball. Aside from her accomplishments on the court, Pressey has impressed in the classroom, landing her on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team and on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District Eight Team. She will be trying out with the 2008 USA Volleyball team the upcoming spring.
Cutura is a first-time All-American, earning a spot on the second team. She was also a first-time All-Pac-10 Team honoree in 2007 after making the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Cutura leads the Bears this season with 476 kills (eighth all-time for a single season at Cal) on 1,128 attacks (10th all-time single season total at Cal). She also leads the team in total service aces with 34 and points with 554.0. She has notched career-high numbers in all statistical categories this season, reaching 29 kills at Stanford on Nov. 23. Her play on the court has netted her five double-double output matches and honors as the MVP of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Wisconsin Regional All-Tournament Team. In non-conference play, Cutura was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Santa Clara Invitational. Cutura becomes only the fifth All-American in Cal volleyball history.
2007's selections mark the first time in school history that Cal has fielded two players on the AVCA All-America Team in the same year. Cal's other All-Americans are three-timer Sylvie Monnet (1981-83), two-time award winner Mia Jerkov (2002-03), and Camille Leffall (2004).
Cal has put together an impressive postseason run, reaching the NCAA Championship National Semifinal. The No. 6 Golden Bears will face No. 1 Penn State in an 8 p.m. (PST) match on Thursday, Dec. 13. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN2. Please check your local listings.