April Ross Named Finalist For Volleyball Honda Award

Dec. 30, 2003

LOS ANGELES - USC senior women's volleyball student-athlete April Ross has been named one of four finalists for the prestigious Honda Award in volleyball. The winner of the nationwide balloting will become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete of the year at the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Banquet to be held June 14, 2003, in Orlando during the NACDA convention.

USC boasts its share of athletes honored by the Honda Awards program. Current junior Emily Adams earned a volleyball nomination for the 2002-03 award and then-senior Mikaela Parmlid, who helped lead USC to the 2003 NCAA Golf Championship, won the Honda Award for Golf. In 2002, USC track & field standout Angela Williams was named the Collegiate Woman Student-Athlete of the Year, becoming the Women of Troy's second-ever Honda-Broderick Cup winner (Basketball's Cheryl Miller was named a co-winner in 1984).

Ross, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Newport Beach, Calif., recently completed her successful career by leading USC to a second-straight national championship on Dec. 20. After guiding the top-ranked Women of Troy in kills, service aces and points per game throughout the season, Ross was honored as a first team AVCA All-American, first team All-Pac-10 and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year (the first USC player to ever earn the honor).

A Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection, Ross boasts a 3.15 cumulative GPA and is majoring in international relations.

Kim Willoughby (Hawai'i), Kele Eveland (Georgia Tech) and Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford) join Ross to round out the 2003-04 volleyball nominees.

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