Five Huskies Earn Pacific All-Region Honors

Dec. 6, 2005

SEATTLE- Five Washington volleyball players have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) All-Pacific-Region teams, including four players to the 12-member first team. Seniors Candace Lee and Sanja Tomasevic, junior Courtney Thompson and sophomore Christal Morrison were named to the first team, while sophomore Alesha Deesing was named to the six-member honorable mention team.

Lee, Tomasevic, Thompson and Morrison are now eligible for the All-America ballot. The 2005 All-America honorees will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Thompson, Lee and Morrison were All-America selections last season and Tomasevic earned second team honors in 2003.

Lee, a senior libero from Eugene, Ore., leads the Huskies and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.97 digs per game. She is Washington's all-time digs leader and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time list (1,985). A 2004 honorable mention All-American and two-time Academic All-American, Lee has played in all 96 games and 29 matches this season. She anchors a UW defense that leads the Pac-10 with a .129 opponent hitting percentage and has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times. Lee has recorded double-figure digs in 26 of 29 matches, despite just five matches lasting beyond three games. Lee is also a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.

Tomasevic, a senior outside hitter from Uzice, Serbia & Montenegro, was the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year. She ranks among the leagues top-five in kills (4.49 kpg), points (5.37 ppg) and hitting percentage (.368). Tomasevic, a 2003 second team All-American, is the UW career kills leader (1,740) and aces leader (151). She is one of just three Huskies to record 1,000 kills and digs. Tomasevic has posted 23 double-figure kill performances this season and has eight double-doubles. She is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and two-time National Player of the Week.

Thompson, a junior setter from Kent, Wash., leads the nation with 14.93 assists per game and has led Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the country (.348). A first team All-America selection last year, Thompson is the Washington all-time assists leader (4,666) and ranks sixth all-time in the Pac-10. She is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree.

Morrison, a sophomore outside hitter from Puyallup, Wash., has started all 29 matches this season and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 0.53 service aces per game. The 2004 Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and a second team All-American, Morrison ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a .348 hitting percentage and 5.05 points per game. She has 22 double-figure kill performances and eight double-doubles. Morrison is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.

Deesing, a sophomore middle blocker from Salem, Ore., ranks fifth in the nation with a .418 hitting percentage. She is second in the Pac-10 with 1.34 blocks per game, which ranks ninth on the UW single-season list. Deesing has seven double-digit kill performances and has tallied six or more blocks seven times. She has hit .500 or better 12 times and .700 or better four times and has five errorless matches. She is also an All-Pac-10 honoree.

Nine of the 12-members of the All-Pacific Region first team were from the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington led all teams with four members, while Stanford and Santa Clara had two each and Southern California, San Diego, Arizona and UCLA each had one.

The Huskies continue their postseason run this Friday, Dec. 9, when they face No. 14 seed Purdue in the regional semifinal in College Station, Texas at 5 pm (PT). The match will be broadcast by FSN and will air on a tape-delayed basis at 9 pm, following the Seattle Super Sonics NBA game.

All-Pacific Region
Foluke Akinradewo Stanford University MB Fr.
Bibiana Candelas ** Univ. of Southern California OH Sr.
Anna Cmaylo Santa Clara University MB So.
Christie Dawson University of San Diego RS/Opp Jr.
Kim Glass*** University of Arizona OH Sr.
Candace Lee ** University of Washington DS/Lib Sr.
Nana Meriwether UCLA MB Jr.
Christal Morrison ** University of Washington OH So.
Cassie Perret Santa Clara University RS/Opp Sr.
Kristin Richards Stanford University OH Jr.
Courtney Thompson ** University of Washington S Jr.
Sanja Tomasevic ** University of Washington OH Sr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford, MB
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Abernathy (Arizona, OH, Sr.), Alesha Deesing
(Washington, MB, So.), Bryn Kehoe (Stanford, S, So.), Crystal Matich
(Santa Clara, S, So.), Debora Seilhamer (Southern California, DS/Lib, Jr.), Lindsey Sherburne (San Diego, S, Sr.)

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