Three Huskies Named To Academic All-District Volleyball Team

Nov. 12, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington volleyball team placed three players on the Academic All-District VIII University Division Volleyball Team. Senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic, junior libero Candace Lee and sophomore setter Courtney Thompson were named to the seven-member first team.

The team is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Division I volleyball teams in California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Other first team selections included Emily Adams (Southern California), Christine Harms (Nevada), Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford) and Sarah Watkins (Arizona State).

Tomasevic, who was a second team Academic All-District selection last year, owns a 3.34 cumulative grade point average in Communications. Before suffering a broken hand four weeks ago, Tomasevic led the Huskies with 4.86 kills per game, 17 aces and 5.63 points per game and ranked third in the Pac-10 in all three categories. Tomasevic has five double-doubles in 13 matches played and has tallied double-figure kills 10 times. Tomasevic, a three-time team captain, became just the 11th Husky ever to record 1,000 career kills. She currently ranks seventh on the UW all-time list with 1,176 kills and set UW season records last year with 58 aces and 1,411 attacks.

Lee boasts a 3.78 grade point average in English with a minor in Italian. She leads the Huskies and Pac-10 with 5.62 digs per game, which ranks 18th nationally. Lee has recorded double figure kills in 19 of 21 matches this season and has tallied 30-plus digs three times. She is just the fourth Washington player ever to collect 1,000 digs and holds the school record with 1,239 career digs. Lee is a member of the University of Washington Dean's List and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Academic second team last year.

Thompson has achieved a 3.63 grade point average in Business. She was one of just 50 incoming freshmen to be accepted into the 1,000-member business school at UW. Thompson has started all 20 matches for the Huskies this season and averages 14.86 assists per game and 2.15 digs per game. Her 14.86 apg lead the Huskies and Pac-10, rank second nationally and are a UW single-season record. Thompson has tallied 70-plus assists twice and 60-plus assists three times. Last season, Thompson set the UW single-season record with 1,590 assists. This two-time team captain is just the seventh Husky to notch 2,000 career assists and ranks fifth all-time with 2,599 dishes. Thompson is a University of Washington Dean's List member and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection and All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick last season.

The Washington volleyball team is in the midst of its best season in over a quarter century. The Huskies are ranked No. 1 in the country and are one of just two undefeated teams in the nation. UW is 21-0, which ties with the 1977 squad for the program's best start to a season. The Huskies are 13-0 in the Pac-10 and have a three-match lead in the conference standings. Washington has never won a Pac-10 championship.

Five matches remain in the regular season for UW. The Huskies host Arizona State tonight at 7 p.m.