Three USC Volleyball Players Earn AVCA All-Region Honors

Dec. 8, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USC senior middle blocker Emily Adams and senior outside hitter Keao Burdine have been named to 2004 AVCA All-Pacific Region first team, announced the AVCA on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Junior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas also earned honorable mention honors.

Twelve first-team selections and six honorable mention picks were chosen in eight regions. In a change from past years, all players selected as either first team or honorable mention are now eligible for All-America honors. The AVCA All-America first, second and third teams will be announced next week.

This is the third first-team selection for Adams and the second for Burdine. Candelas was a first team pick in 2003. All three players went on to earn All-America honors last season.

Eighth-seeded USC travels to Louisville, Ky., this week for the NCAA Regionals. The Women of Troy will face San Diego on Friday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. EST. If they advance, they will face the winner of Friday's Louisville-Nebraska match-up on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. EST. The regional champion advances to next week's NCAA Final Four in Long Beach.

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2004 AVCA All-Pacific Region
*** Emily Adams, USC (MB, Sr.)
** Keao Burdine, USC (OH, Sr.)
Devon Forster, San Diego (OH, Sr.)
Kristen Hurst, San Diego (RS/Opp, Sr.)
Candace Lee, Washington (DS/Lib, Jr.)
Camille Leffall, California (MB, Sr.)
Christal Morrison, Washington (OH, Fr.)
**Kelli Nerison, Loyola Marymount (MB, Sr.)
****Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford (OH, Sr.)
Lindsey Sherburne, San Diego (S, Jr.)
Courtney Thompson, Washington (S, So.)
**Chrissie Zartman, UCLA (DS/Lib, Sr.)

Region Freshman of the Year:
Christal Morrison, Washington (OH)

Honorable Mention:
Sandra Bandimere (Sacremento State, OH, Sr.), Bibiana Candelas (USC, MB, Jr.), Brie Hagerty (Washington, OH, Jr.), Jennifer Hucke (Stanford, RS/Opp, Sr.), Krystal McFarland (UCLA, S, Sr.), Kristin Richards (Stanford, OH, So.)

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