Ogonna Nnamani Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Year

Nov. 29, 2004

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.

Nnamani, a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the ninth Stanford player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Those nine players have combined to win the Pac-10 Player of the Year honor a total of 11 times. She is also the 10th player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times. Nnamani led Stanford to a second place finish in Pac-10 play at 15-3, and the Cardinal enter NCAA Tournament play with a 24-6 record overall.

Nnamani, a native of Normal, Ill., led the Pac-10 Conference in kills (5.88 kpg) and points (6.55 ppg), while posting the league's sixth best attack percentage (.343) this season. She has posted a Stanford single-season record 658 kills this season. During her career, the 2004 USA Olympic team member has collected a Pac-10 record 2,285 kills on a league record 5,164 attack attempts. She also has tallied double digit kills in 59 consecutive matches.

Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as well. Richards averaged 3.69 kills and a team-leading 3.65 digs per game during the regular season. She recorded a league-best 18 double-doubles in 2004. Teammate Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection as well. Hucke is averaging 2.72 kills and 2.11 digs while hitting at a .302 clip.

Freshmen Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) and Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Kehoe led the team with 12.07 assists per game, adding 2.76 digs per game as well. Girard averaged 1.78 kills and 0.98 blocks per game during the regular season for the Cardinal.


PLAYER,TEAMEmily Adams, USC***Keao Burdine, USC***Bibiana Candelas, USC**Kim Glass, ARIZ*** OHBrie Hagerty, WASH OHJolene Killough, ARIZCandace Lee, WASHCamille Leffall, CALChristal Morrison, WASHOgonna Nnamani, STAN****Angie Pressey, CAL OH 5-8Kristin Richards, STAN**Courtney Thompson, WASHChrissie Zartman, UCLA***

** two-time selection*** three-time selection**** four-time selection

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL; Samantha Carter, CAL; Becky Green, UCLA; Jennifer Hucke,STAN; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Allison Lawrence, OSU; Sarah Mason, ORE; Krystal McFarland, UCLA; NanaMeriwether, UCLA; Brynn Murphy, UCLA; Darla Myhre, WASH; Alicia Powers, CAL; Debora Seilhamer, USC;Jennifer Todd, WSU.


PLAYER, TEAMSydney Donahue, ASUSarah Florian, USCFranci Girard, STANBryn Kehoe, STANCollette Meek, ASUChristal Morrison,Angie Pressey, CAL

Honorable Mention: Nina Baltimore, OSU; Diane Copenhagen, USC; Rachel Mittelstaedt, ASU.