Hana Cutura Named Pac-10 Player of the Year
Nov. 30, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California volleyball senior outside hitter Hana Cutura has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday, Nov. 30. The Zagreb, Croatia native received her third all-conference selection and became the first Golden Bear to earn Pac-10 player of the year honors. Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley (Sonoma, Calif.), junior setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) and sophomore outside hitter Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) each received All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
Wiley earned her second honorable mention recognition with Lloyd making her second appearance on the all-conference team; first as an honorable mention. Murrey received honorable mention for the first time and was a freshman all-conference selection last year. Cal has had one other player earn conference player of the year honors; All-American middle blocker Sylvie Monnet (1980-83) was selected NorPac Conference Player of the Year in 1983 as a senior.
Freshman opposite hitter Correy Johnson (Winter Park, Fla.) was selected to the All-Freshman team with middle hitter Kat Brown (Aptos, Calif.) receiving All-Freshman honorable mention. Johnson's appearance on the frosh team gives Cal nine consecutive years in which at least one first-year player has earned a position on the conference all-freshman team.
Pac-10 coaches selected UCLA freshman setter Lauren Cook as the conference Freshman of the Year and second-year Washington State head coach Andrew Palileo was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for leading the Cougars to an 18-12 record and their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002.
Cutura led the Pac-10 in kills (5.09 kps) and points (5.59 pps), and was rated 10th in hitting percentage (.313). Cutura holds the school record for career kills with 1,931 and will finish no worse than third in all-time career attacks with 4,485. Cutura also ranks seventh at Cal in career service aces with 111. She owns three of Cal's top eight single-season records for kills and has 1,255 attacks this season to rank sixth on Cal's single-season attack records. Cutura received two Pac-10 Player of the Week awards this year and was selected as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 27.
Johnson has appeared in all 28 matches for the Bears and played in all 109 sets this season. She has logged 178 kills (69e, 421att) and holds a .259 attack percentage to go with 77 blocks (0.71 bps) in her first year. Johnson logged a career-high 15 kills (4e, 29att) and posted a .379 attack percentage in a match against USC on Oct. 2.
Lloyd leads the Bears in assists with 11.17 aps and moved into second place at Cal for all-time career assists this year with 4,159. Wiley tops all Bears in blocks with a 1.05 bps average and has amassed 114 this season. She ranks 10th in career blocks at Cal with 320. Murrey is second on the team in kills (2.86 kps) and third in digs (2.28 dps). Brown has appeared in 71 sets this season and ranks second on the team in blocks with 1.03 bps.
The No. 11-ranked California volleyball team (18-10, 11-7 Pac-10) received its school-record eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on Sunday, Nov. 29. The ninth-seeded Golden Bears were placed in the Gainesville Regional and will face Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lipscomb (28-3, 20-0 A-Sun) in the first round on Friday, Dec. 4, at the St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Please visit CalBears.com for more information.