This Year In Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 29, 2008

 

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PAC-10 FINISHES YEAR WITH SIX TEAMS IN TOP 25, STANFORD REACHES NCAA TITLE MATCH

The STANFORD Cardinal, which captured their 12th Pac-10 title, reached the Final Four for the third consecutive year, and 18th overall. The Cardinal finished runner-up for the eighth time in school history... Overall, it was the 42nd appearance by a Pac-10 team in the Final Four. In 28 years of NCAA Tournament play, the Pac-10 has placed at least one team in the Final Four in 26 Tournaments... The Pac-10 was 16-6 (.727) in this year's Tournament. The league went a perfect 6-0 in NCAA First Round play and is now 43-2 (.956) in the first round over the last seven years... It's the eighth consecutive year in which the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament, and 17th overall. No other conference had more than five teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament... For the fourth consecutive year, at least 10 student-athletes received AVCA All-America honors as 12 Pac-10 players were represented on the three teams. UCLA's Nellie Spicer and Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza were First Team All-Americans for the third consecutive season... Akinradewo, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, is a finalist for the Honda Award for the third consecutive year... Barboza was tabbed the Pac-10's Toyo Tire Student-Athlete of the Year.

2008 AVCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

First Team
Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford
Cynthia Barboza, Stanford
Hana Cutura, California
Alix Klineman, Stanford
Nellie Spicer, UCLA

Second Team
Neticia Enesi, Oregon
Carli Lloyd, California
Gorana Maricic, Oregon
Tamari Miyashiro, Washington
Jessica Swarbrick, Washington

Third Team
Jessica Fine, UCLA
Jenna Hagglund, Washington

Honorable Mention
Sonja Newcombe, Oregon

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - After finishing under .500 each of the last two seasons, the Wildcats returned to winning ways, posting a 16-14 record... The Wildcats were third in the league in blocks (2.59 bps)... Sophomore MB Stephanie Snow led the way with 1.09 bps (4th in the Pac-10) and a .325 attack percentage (7th).

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils were among the league leaders in digs with 15.13 dps (3rd in the Pac-10)... Sophomore OH Sarah Reaves and senior OH Margie Giordano provided the Sun Devils with a powerful combination at the net. Reaves was fourth in Pac-10 in kills (4.14 kps), while Giordano ranked eighth (3.33 kps).

CALIFORNIA - The Bears posted a record 13 wins in Pac-10 play, while their 23 regular season wins were the most since 1982... It was the Bears third consecutive 20-win season and fifth in seven years... Junior OH Hana Cutura led the league in points (4.98 pps) and was second in kills (4.34 kps).

OREGON - The Ducks finished regular season play at 23-8, their best regular season record since 1984 (24-10). They also posted a winning record in league play (11-7) for the first time since 1989... Junior MB Neticia Enesi hit .389 (3rd in the Pac-10) and posted 1.26 bps (3rd), while senior Gorana Maricic tallied 4.15 kps (3rd)... Senior L Katie Swoboda finished her career with 2,198 digs, good for second all-time in the Pac-10.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers cracked the Top 25 for the first time since 1996 when they hit the polls at No. 24 on Oct. 6... Junior OH Rachel Rourke led the league in kills (4.44 kps). She's just the second Beaver to lead the league in that category (Shelly Smith, 4.74 in 1993).

STANFORD - The Cardinal made their 28th NCAA Tournament appearance, and finished as national runner-ups for the third consecutive season... The Cardinal captured their 12th Pac-10 title... The Cardinal have recorded 30 or more wins for the third straight season... Senior MB Foluke Akinradewo hit a Pac-10 record .447 for her career... Akinradewo (1,682 kills) and senior OH Cynthia Barboza (1,639) join UCLA's Natalia Williams and Elaine Youngs (1992 season) and USC's Jennifer Kessy and Jasmina Marinkovic (1998 season) as the only set of teammates to each reach 1,600 kills in the same season in Pac-10 history.

UCLA - The Bruins made their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance and it was their 10th consecutive 20-win season... All-American senior S Nellie Spicer tallied 6,002 assists during her career, making her just the third player in league history to post at least 6,000 assists... The Bruins led the league in blocks (2.72 bps), thanks to freshmen Amanda Gil (1.46 bps/2nd in Pac-10) and Katie Camp (1.03 bps/9th).

USC - The Women of Troy made their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance... Freshman OH Alex Jupiter led all Pac-10 freshmen in kills (3.24 kps). In fact, she's the third freshman to lead the team in kills for a season... USC has finished fifth or higher in the Pac-10 standings in all but one season. For the first time ever in Pac-10 play, USC and UCLA finished tied in the standings (fifth).

WASHINGTON - The Huskies have posted 15 or more league wins in each of the last five seasons... Senior MB Jessica Swarbrick set a school single-season record by hitting .427 for the season. Her career attack percentage of .406 also established a Washington career record... Sophomore S Jenna Hagglund led the league in assists (12.17 aps), which ranked second nationally.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars capped the season by winning each of their last two matches, and three of their final four. It was the first time they posted back-to-back league wins since opening the 2003 season with a pair of league victories... Senior OH Brittany Johnson finished her career with 1,122 kills, which ranks fifth all-time in school history.

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