Foluke Akinradewo Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year

Nov. 28, 2005

Walnut Creek, Ca - Foluke Akinradewo, a candidate for National Freshman of the Year honors on the nationally-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team, has been named the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Akinradewo, a middle blocker, is third in the Pac-10 with a .403 hitting percentage and tenth in kills (3.95 kpg) and blocks (1.08 bpg). In Pac-10 matches, Akinradewo tops all Pac-10 players with a .386 hitting percenteage. Akinradewo has posted double digit kill totals in 25 of 30 matches played this season. Akinradewo becomes the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.

Kristin Richards, who was named today as AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week, was named to the 15-member All Pac-10 for a third straight season. Foluke Akinradewo was also named to the first team in addition to being Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Richards, who leads the Cardinal in kills (499) and is second in digs (381), and Akinradewo are joined on the first team with Jennnifer Abernathy and Kim Glass of Arizona, Angie Pressey of California, Bibiana Candelas, Debora Seilhamer and Staci Venski of USC, Alesha Deesing, Candace Lee, Christal Morrison, Courtney Thompson and Sanja Tomasevic of Washington, and Nana Meriwether and Nellie Spicer of UCLA. Tomasevic was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Others to make the All Pac-10 freshman team besides Akinradewo were Morgan Beck of California, Mira Djuric of Oregon, Margie Gioradano of Arizona State, Kaitlin Sather and Nellie Spicer of UCLA, and Kelli Tennant of USC.

Richards and Akinradewo will lead the Cardinal this week when Stanford hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament (Dec. 2-3) at Maples Pavilion. Stanford will face Nevada on Friday at 7 p.m. At 5 p.m., Santa Clarta plays Sacramento State. ™™

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