Four Sun Devil Volleyball Players Earn Pac-10 Awards
Nov. 22, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. --Four Arizona State Sun Devil volleyball players were honored by the Pacific-10 Conference Tuesday as the 2000 all-league awards were announced by commissioner Tom Hansen in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge was named to the all-conference team for the second year in a row and senior middle blocker Michelle Mortensen was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and opposite hitter Kim Mehlhorn was an honorable mention. ASU finished the regular season 17-11 and in fifth place in the Pac-10 with a 9-9 record. They are expected to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament when the 64-team field is announced this Sunday.
Burbridge (Scottsdale) has had an amazing senior season, placing among the top two in the Pac-10 and top 10 in the nation in kills per game (5.63). Her 5.80 kpg in Pac-10 play ranks first with UCLA's Kristee Porter. Burbridge set the single-season school record for kills in a season with 563 and has amassed 21 double-doubles and 17 matches with 20 or more kills. She has the two highest kills totals for a single match in ASU history, tallying 38 and 39 respectively vs. Washington and Washington State. Those totals were also fourth and fifth best in Pac-10 history. For her career, Burbridge has moved all the way up to third place in ASU history with 1,561. She recently became only the 16th player in Pac-10 history to surpass the 1,500-kill, 1,000-dig mark for a career.
Mortensen (Chandler) has had a solid year in helping lead the Sun Devils in the front row in 2000. The senior ranked eighth with a .320 hitting percentage in Pac-10 play and led ASU with 1.04 blocks per game in conference matches.
Anglin (Queen Creek) etched her name in the ASU record books with several record-setting performances in her rookie campaign. She is ASU's most prolific freshman setter in history with 1,350 assists (old record was 1,062) and has recorded two of the top five single-match assists performances in ASU history (77 and 84). The Chandler Valley Christian High School product dished out 13.11 assists per game, third best in the Pac-10.
Mehlhorn (Tempe) stepped into a starting role early in the season and played well during her first collegiate season. Mehlhorn averaged 1.45 kills per game and had 0.80 blocks per game in Pac-10 play. Mehlhorn is also a product of Chandler's Valley Christian High School.
The Pac-10 All-Academic team will be announced Wednesday.