Cutura and Lloyd Selected to AVCA All-Pacific Region Team

Dec. 9, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Complete AVCA All-Regiona Teams in PDF Format Get Acrobat ReaderCalifornia volleyball senior outside hitter Hana Cutura and junior setter Carli Lloyd were selected to the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region Team, Wednesday, Dec. 9. A two-time AVCA All-American and the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Cutura appears on the all-region team for the third time in her career. Lloyd makes her second appearance on the all-region team after earning second-team All-America honors in 2008.

Cutura became Cal's first Pac-10 Player of the Year and made her third consecutive appearance on the All-Pac-10 team as a senior. The Zagreb, Croatia native also received conference all-academic honorable mention and was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, Oct. 27. She was selected to all-tournament teams in all three pre-conference tournaments and has reached double digits in kills in all 30 matches. This season, she set new career highs in kills (33) and attacks (77) in a five-set upset victory at Washington, Nov. 7. The match was her third with at least 30 kills this season. She logged 30 kills in a five-set win at Hawai'i, Sept. 6, to become first Bear to reach the 30-kill mark since 2002. Cutura moved into the top spot for career kills at Cal and overtook Stanford's Logan Tom for fifth all-time among Pac-10 players. She leads the team in kills (5.12 kps, third nationally) and points (5.62 pps, fourth nationally) and is third in attack percentage (.321).

Lloyd earned Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention and conference All-Academic honorable mention as a junior and was selected to preseason all-tournament teams at both the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational (Reno, Nev.) and the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic (Berkeley, Calif.). She moved into second at Cal in all-time career assists this season and now has 4,243. She leads the team with 11.22 aps and is second in digs with 2.30 dps.

The Bears (20-10, 11-7 Pac-10) are in Gainesville, Fla. and will appear opposite Baylor (24-9, 11-9 Big 12) in the Gainesville Regional semifinal of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Cal and Baylor will face off in a 3:30 p.m. ET match on Friday, Dec. 11. On the other side of the regional, top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Penn State (34-0, 20-0 Big Ten) will face No. 16 host Florida (25-5, 16-4 SEC) in a 6 p.m. ET match on Dec. 11. The winners of the two semifinal matches will meet for the regional championship in a 4 p.m. ET bout on Saturday, Dec. 12. ESPNU will broadcast the championship match live.

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