Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honors
Dec. 1, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- STANFORD senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, UCLA middle blocker Amanda Gil has been honored as the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, and Stanford's John Dunning has been named Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- FOLUKE AKINRADEWO, STANFORDAkinradewo, a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, repeats as Pac-10 Player of the Year and becomes the fourth player in Pac-10 history to earn the honor more than once. She joins UCLA's Daiva Tomkus (1988 and 1989); Stanford's Kerri Walsh (1998 and 1999); and Stanford's Logan Tom (2001 and 2002). It's the 13th time a Stanford player has been named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Akinradewo, a middle blocker from Plantation, Fla., was among the league statistical leaders in hitting percentage (.456/1st), blocks (1.48 bps/8th), and points (6th/4.12 pps). She helped the defending Pac-10 champions post a 26-3 record overall and their 12th Pac-10 crown with a 17-1 league mark.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- AMANDA GIL, UCLA Gil, a middle blocker from San Jose, Calif., is the fourth UCLA player, and first since 1998, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. She helped guide the Bruins to their 10th consecutive 20-win season and 27th NCAA Tournament appearance. She leads the league, and ranks second nationally, with 1.49 blocks per set. She also is the league's top freshman in hitting percentage (.324).
COACH OF THE YEAR -- JOHN DUNNING, STANFORD John Dunning has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to its 12th Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record, and a 26-3 record overall. Dunning currently has the Cardinal ranked No. 2 in the Bison/AVCA Top 25 poll, and is taking the Cardinal into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed. This is the third time Dunning has been tabbed Pac-10 Coach of the Year (also in 2001 and 2007). Dunning has a career record of 671-138 (.829) in 24 seasons, including a record of 234-36 (.867) in eight seasons at Stanford.
2008 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN**** MB 6-3 Sr. Plantation, Fla.
Cynthia Barboza, STAN*** OH 6-0 Sr. Long Beach, Calif.
Hana Cutura, CAL** OH 6-3 Jr. Zagreb, Croatia
Neticia Enesi, ORE MB 6-1 Jr. The Dalles, Ore.
Jessica Gysin, USC OH 6-1 Jr. Los Gatos, Calif.
Alix Klineman, STAN** OH 6-4 So. Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Carli Lloyd, CAL S 5-11 So. Bonsall, Calif.
Gorana Maricic, ORE** OH 6-3 Sr. Subotica, Serbia
Tamari Miyashiro, WASH** L 5-7 Jr. Honolulu, Hawai'i
Sonja Newcombe, ORE OH 6-1 Jr. Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
Becky Perry, WASH OH 6-2 So. Austin, Texas
Rachel Rourke, OSU OH 6-5 Jr. Aroona, Queensland, Australia
Nellie Spicer, UCLA**** S 5-10 Sr. Barrington, Ill.
Jessica Swarbrick, WASH*** MB 6-1 Sr. El Dorado, Calif.
** two-time selection, *** three-time selection, **** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Taylor Carico, USC; Kindra Carlson, WASH; Ali Daley, UCLA; Jessica Fine, UCLA; Amanda Gil, UCLA; Jenna Hagglund, WASH; Alli Hillgren, USC; Cassidy Lichtman, STAN; Tiffany Owens, ARIZ; Sarah Reaves, ASU; Kimmee Roleder, USC; Airial Salvo, WASH; Am'ra Solomon, CAL; Katie Swoboda, ORE; Mindi Wiley, CAL; Lauren Williams, USC.
2008 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWN
Amanda Gil, UCLA MB 6-6 San Jose, Calif.
Alex Jupiter, USC OH 6-3 Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Tarah Murrey, CAL OH 6-2 El Cerrito, Calif.
Lauren Williams, USC MB 6-4 Houston, Texas
Katie Camp, UCLA MB 6-5 Raleigh, N.C.
Bianca Rowland, WASH MB/OH 6-0 Lynwood, Wash.
Shannon Hawari, CAL MH 6-2 Plano, Texas
Honorable Mention: Dana Hutchinson, ARIZ; Courtney Karst, ARIZ; Sonja Markanovich, ASU; Sara Sage, UCLA.
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