Paige Benjamim Named A First Team All-American

Dec. 18, 2002

SEATTLE -- Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) All-America first team. She becomes just the seventh volleyball player in Washington history to receive the award and the first since Makare Desilets's 1997 honor.

This season, Benjamin led the Huskies to their best finish since 1997 with a 20-11 record en route to a fifth place finish in the Pac-10 (9-9) and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. An Academic All-American and first team Pac-10 All-Conference selection, Benjamin became the school's all-time leader in season kills this year with 573 and ranks fourth on the career chart with 1,287 kills. Her 5.31 kills per game average is 14th nationally and second in the Pac-10.

Benjamin concluded her career ranking among the school's top 10 in numerous categories including first in career hitting percentage (.307), sixth in total attacks (3,096), eighth in block assists (266) and ninth in total blocks (292).

Benjamin was one of five Pac-10 members to be named to the 12 member first team. She is joined by USC's Emily Adams and April Ross and Stanford's Sara McGee and Pac-10 Player of the Year Logan Tom.

Eight of the first team selections are still vying for a national championship as they compete this weekend in the final four (USC, Stanford, Florida, Hawai'i). Other first team members include Danielle Bauer (UC Santa Barbara), Greichaly Cepero (Nebraska), Aury Cruz (Florida), Stacey Gordon (Ohio State), Amber Holmquist (Nebraska), Lily Kahumoku (Hawai'i) and Kim Willoughby (Hawai'i).

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