Cutura and Lloyd Selected for Pac-10 All-Conference Honors
Dec. 1, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
Pacific-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced the 2008 conference awards today (Dec. 1), naming California volleyball junior outside hitter Hana Cutura and sophomore setter Carli Lloyd to the all-conference team. The selection was Cutura's second such honor. Senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon and junior middle hitter Mindi Wiley each received honorable mention. The Pac-10 all-freshman team featured two Golden Bears: outside hitter Tarah Murrey and middle hitter Shannon Hawari.
Cutura leads the conference in kills per set with a 4.47 kps average (11th in the country) and is second in service aces, posting a 0.32 saps mark. The Croatian native also tops the Pac-10 leaderboard for points, averaging 5.13 points per set. Earlier this season, she moved into sixth place all-time at Cal in kills with 1,333 and just last weekend, claimed the ninth overall spot for attacks with 3,116 career attempts. She also set new career marks for attacks (68 vs. UCLA) and digs (19 at UCLA) this season on her way to being named to the all-tournament team at the Cal Molten Classic, Golden Bear Invitational, Diet Coke Classic and the Crowne Plaza Volleyball Classic, at which she garnered MVP honors.
Lloyd ranks third in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in assists, recording 12.08 assists per set. She claimed a personal best seven kills in a match earlier this season and has been attacking at a .345 rate (90k, 23e, 194att). Lloyd earned Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors on Oct. 20 and was recognized as the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this season (Aug. 23-30 and Oct. 12-19). The Bonsall, Calif. native also took home MVP honors at the Cal Molten Classic and the Golden Bear Invitational; and received all-tournament notice at the Diet Coke Classic and the Crowne Plaza Volleyball Classic.
Wiley set new career marks in all statistical categories this season and is eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.319), notching 221 kills on 448 attacks. She leads the team in blocks and ranks eighth among conference players with a 1.05 bps average. Wiley's performance at the Golden Bear Invitational earned her all-tournament honors. Solomon is second on the team in kills, posting 2.98 kps and hitting at a .290 rate (280k, 81e, 687att). In her first season as a full time starter, she garnered Crowne Plaza Volleyball Classic all-tournament honors and serves as one of Cal's team captains.
Murrey has come on strong in the latter part of the season, now in third on the team in kills (2.37 kps) and attacking at a .227 rate (239k, 111e, 563att). Hawari worked her way into the starting lineup early on and has since become a viable offensive weapon for the Bears, posting the Pac-10's fourth-best hitting percentage, .390 and recording 109 kills on 223 attacks. Hawari is second on the team in blocks with 61 (0.85 bps).
A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Stanford senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo took home Pac-10 Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year; making her the fourth player in conference history to do so. UCLA middle blocker Amanda Gil was named the Pac-10's freshman of the year and Stanford head coach John Dunning received coach of the year honors for the third time since taking the helm for the Cardinal.
The Bears (23-6, 13-5 Pac-10) are set to host Siena College in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament this Friday (Dec. 5) in an 8 p.m. match. Earlier, New Mexico State will take on St. Mary's College in a 6 p.m. match. The winning teams in each of those matches will face each other in the second round on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 8 p.m. All matches will be played at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Please check CalBears.com for more information and to purchase tickets.