Cutura and Lloyd Earn AVCA All-America Honors
Dec. 16, 2009
BERKELEY - California volleyball senior outside hitter Hana Cutura and junior setter Carli Lloyd each received 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America team honors on Wednesday, Dec. 16. As the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, Cutura becomes the first Golden Bear to be named to the AVCA All-America team three times. She is also Cal's only two-time first-team honoree. Lloyd earned her second selection to the second team and is Cal's fourth multiple award winner to bring the program total to 10 AVCA All-America certificates.
Awards will be presented Dec. 18, 2009, at the AVCA All-America/PAlyers of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 18 at the awards banquet.
Also a three-time All-Pacific Region selection, 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 of Cal's pre-conference tournaments and reached double digits in kills in all 32 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. Over the course of her illustrious four-year career, Cutura re-wrote the Cal record books as she became the first Bear to cross the 2,000-kill mark in her career. She is just one of five players to reach that milestone in Pac-10 history. As a senior, she led the team in kills (5.15 kps, third nationally) and points (5.65 pps, fourth nationally) and was second in attack percentage (.317).
Lloyd received AVCA All-Pacific Region team honors and earned Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention as well as conference All-Academic honorable mention as a junior. The Bonsall, Calif. native 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 4,313. She led the team with 11.24 aps and was second in digs with 2.33 dps.
The Bears (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10) finished fourth in the conference and earned their school-record eighth consecutive bid to the NCAA championship tournament. As the ninth-seeded team, Cal advanced to the Gainesville Regional final where it fell in three sets to two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State. The Bears moved into the NCAA regional final for the third time in three years; making them just one of four teams to accomplish the feat (Nebraska, Texas and Penn State being the others). Cal's fourth straight appearance in the regional semifinal was also a new school record.