Courtney Thompson Named Honda Sports Award Finalist

Jan. 9, 2006

SEATTLE- Washington junior Courtney Thompson is one of four collegiate players nominated for the Honda Sports Award for volleyball.

The award recipient, which is chosen by the nation's Senior Women's administrators, will be announced later this month. The winner will then become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Thompson, a two-time first team All-American setter, led Washington to its first-ever national title with a 3-0 sweep over then top-ranked Nebraska in December. Thompson led the nation with 14.89 assists per game and paced the Huskies to a nation-leading .338 hitting percentage. She holds the school's career records for assists (4,841) and assists per game (14.58). The team captain was a first team All-Pac-10 selection and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors earlier this season. She earned all-tournament MVP honors at two of Washington's three pre-conference outings and was named to the NCAA Volleyball Championship and Regional All-Tournament teams. Thompson also earned Academic All-America honors this season for the second year in a row and is one of just two Washington volleyball players to ever earn both academic and athletic All-America awards.

Thompson is joined by Nebraska's Christina Houghtelling and Melissa Elmer, and Penn State's Sam Tortorello. American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university, while the winner's program will earn $5,000.

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