Cutura and Lloyd Receive AVCA All-Region Team Recognition
Dec. 10, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
The California volleyball team had four players recognized today as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2008 all-region teams. Junior outside hitter Hana Cutura and sophomore setter Carli Lloyd were each honored with first-time selections to the All-Pacific Region team. Senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon and junior middle hitter Mindi Wiley received honorable mention notice. Cutura received honorable mention a year ago and was later honored as a second-team AVCA All-American.
Cal has had multiple all-region players honored only two other times in program history and set a new high with four players recognized this year. Last season, outside hitter Angie Pressey was selected to the team with Cutura receiving honorable mention. In 1989, Lisa Arce and Tiffany Rochelle were each selected to the All-West Region second team. Since 2002, under head coach Rich Feller, Cal volleyball has had six selections to the all-region team; all six have gone on to become All-American honorees.
Cutura leads the team in kills with 482 (4.42 kps; second in the Pac-10, 13th nationally) and service aces with 33 (0.30 saps; third in the Pac-10). She also puts in her share of work on the defensive side of the net, as third on the team in digs with 257 (2.36 dps). She has already notched the ninth best single-season output for kills this season and moved into fifth place all-time in kills with 1,359 and eighth place in all-time attacks with 3,172.
Lloyd leads the team in assists with 1,324 (12.04 aps; second in the Pac-10, third nationally) and ranks second on the team in digs with 265 (2.41 dps). Lloyd already owns the second highest single-season output for assists (1,550 in 2007) and claimed the ninth-best total last week when she hit 1,324. Her 2,874 career assists give her the fifth highest mark in Cal history.
Solomon is second on the team in kills with 301 (2.98 kps) and earned her first all-tournament honor earlier this year in her first season as a starter. Wiley leads the team in blocks with 115 (1.07 bps; sixth in the Pac-10) and is second in hitting percentage (sixth in the Pac-10) with a .341 attack rate (242k, 79e, 478att). Wiley also received her first all-tournament recognition earlier this year at the Golden Bear Classic.
Cutura and Lloyd were each also honored with selections to the All-Pac-10 team earlier this month; Solomon and Wiley followed suit and each received All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
The No. 8-ranked Bears are in State College, Pa. for the University Park Regional semifinal of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship and will face No. 14 Illinois at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 12 at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Last season, Cal advanced past the regional semifinal for the first time in school history and dethroned defending NCAA champion Nebraska for the right to advance to the national semifinal where it fell in three sets to eventual national champion Penn State.