Thirteen Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Players Earn AVCA All-America Honors
Dec. 16, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the fourth consecutive season, the Pac-10 has placed at least 12 student-athletes on the AVCA All-Americans squads, with 13 athletes makings this year’s teams. The 13 athletes marks the most by any conference, just ahead of the Big Ten (10) and Big 12 (9). In addition, UCLA freshman setter Lauren Cook was named the Division I AVCA Freshman of the Year.
Earning first team selections for the Pac-10 were CALIFORNIA senior outside hitter Hana Cutura, the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and STANFORD junior setter/outside hitter Cassidy Litchman.
Being selected to the second team were California junior setter Carli Lloyd, OREGON senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe, OREGON STATE senior outside hitter Rachel Rourke, Stanford senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa and junior outside hitter Alix Klineman, UCLA sophomore middle blocker Amanda Gil and WASHINGTON senior libero Tamari Miyashiro and junior opposite hitter Kindra Carlson.
Making the third team were Oregon senior middle blocker Neticia Enesi, USC sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter and Washington junior setter Jenna Hagglund.
Stanford junior libero Gabi Ailes, UCLA senior outside hitter Kaitlin Sather, USC senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin and Washington sophomore middle blocker Bianca Rowland were named as honorable mentions.
For Cutura, Klineman and Miyashiro they all earned All-American honors for the third time, while Enesi, Hagglund and Lloyd were selected for the second time in their careers.
For Cook, she becomes the second Pac-10 player to earn Freshman of the Year honors, joining ARIZONA’s Kim Glass, who achieved this selection in 2005.