April Ross And Emily Adams Named To 2002 AVCA All-America First Team

Dec. 19, 2002

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- USC women's volleyball junior April Ross and sophomore Emily Adams have been named to the 2002 AVCA All-America first team, the organization announced today. The awards will be presented on Friday, Dec. 20, at the 22nd annual AVCA All-America/Player of the Year banquet at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.

This is the first, first team honor a USC player has received since middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic was named to the All-America first team in 1997. Since then, the Women of Troy have had four second-team selections (including Ross in 2000 and junior Katie Olsovsky in 2001).

Ross, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Newport Beach, Calif., is a three-time All-Pac-10 first team pick who was named AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and All-America second team in 2000. She has led the Trojans to two NCAA Final Fours and an NCAA Regional Final in her time at USC, and currently leads the team in kills (3.62 kpg), aces (0.43 sapg) and points (4.43 ppg).

Adams, a 6-foot-5 middle blocker from Phoenix, Ariz., received limited playing time while backing up former Trojan and second team All-American Jennifer Pahl in 2001. This season, Adams took over the starting role at middle blocker and finished the regular season second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation in attack percentage (.419). She also led the team with 1.37 blocks per game and was named to the All-Pac-10 first team.

USC will compete in the NCAA Championship Semifinals tonight, Dec. 19, against Florida at 8:30 p.m. CST in New Orleans. The Trojans, making their fifth-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four, are looking to advance to their third NCAA Final in search of the program's fifth national title. The championship match will be played Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. CST.

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