Four Huskies Earn Pacific All-Region Honors
Dec. 7, 2004
SEATTLE--The Washington volleyball had four players named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region teams, including first team selections Candace Lee, Christal Morrison and Courtney Thompson. Brie Hagerty was named to the honorable mention team. Morrison was also named the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year.
Lee, Morrison and Thompson are now eligible for All-America ballot.
Lee, a junior libero from Eugene, Ore., ranks second in the Pac-10 with 5.71 digs per game, which also ranks 16th nationally. She became Washington's all-time digs leader this season with her 1,237th dig and now has 1,413 in her career to rank 10th all-time in the Pac-10. Lee also broke UW's single-season dig record, a record she set last season with 467 digs. She has 571 digs this season. Lee has played in all 100 of Washington's games this season and has tallied double-figure digs in 26 or 28 matches. She was a Pac-10 All-Conference first team selection.
Morrison, a freshman from Puyallup, Wash., ranks second in the conference with 4.35 kpg and 4.96 ppg. She has notched double-digit kills 23 times and has recorded 20 or more kills on six occasions. Morrison has 12 double-doubles and became Washington's first-ever Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Morrison was a Pac-10 All-Conference first team selection.
Thompson, a sophomore from Kent, Wash., leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally with 14.70 assists per game. She has collected 50 or more assists 16 times and leads the team with a .389 hitting percentage. Thompson has paced the Huskies to the country's seventh-best hitting percentage (.290). She is just the third player in UW history to record 3,000 career assists and her 1,407 assists this season rank second on the Washington all-time chart. She already set the school record for season assists last year with 1,560. Thompson was a Pac-10 All-Conference first team selection.
Hagerty, a junior from Defiance, Ohio, ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.13 kpg and sixth in the league with 4.27 ppg. She has posted double-figure kills 22 times and has hit .400 or better seven times. Hagerty was a Pac-10 All-Conference first team selection.
Eight of the 12-members of the All-Pacific Region first team were from the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington led all teams with three members, while Southern California had two and California, Stanford and UCLA each had one.
The Huskies continue their postseason run this Friday, Dec. 10, when they host Saint Mary's in the Regional Semifinal at 7:30 p.m., at Bank of America Arena. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Northwest.
Pacific Region (Stars indicate number of times on All-Region team)Emily Adams *** Univ. of Southern California MB Sr.Keao Burdine ** Univ. of Southern California OH Sr.Devon Forster University of San Diego OH Sr.Kristen Hurst University of San Diego RS/Opp Sr.Candace Lee University of Washington DS/Lib Jr.Camille Leffall University of California MB Sr.Christal Morrison University of Washington OH Fr.Kelli Nerison ** Loyola Marymount University MB Sr.Ogonna Nnamani **** Stanford University OH Sr.Lindsey Sherburne University of San Diego S Jr.Courtney Thompson University of Washington S So.Chrissie Zartman ** UCLA DS/Lib Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Christal Morrison, Washington, OHHonorable Mention: Sandra Bandimere (Sacramento State, OH, Sr.), Bibiana Candelas (Southern California, MB, Jr.), Brie Hagerty (Washington, OH, Jr.), Jennifer Hucke (Stanford, RS/Opp, Sr.), Krystal McFarland (UCLA, S, Sr.), Kristin Richards (Stanford, OH, So.)