Kristin Richards, Foluke Akinradewo Named ASICS/Volleyball All-Americans

Jan. 24, 2006

Boston, Ma - The 2005 Stanford women's volleyball season may have ended back in December, but the post-season honors continue to roll in.

Kristin Richards, a junior outside hitter who was recently named a first team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), has now been named a first team All-American by ASICS/Volleyball. The award is presented by Volleyball Magazine.

Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, who was the 2005 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year, gained second team All-America honors. Akinradewo was also a second team All-American by the AVCA.

Richards, who was also named to the All Pac-10 team for a third straight season in 2005, led the Cardinal with 544 kills which is sixth best for a single season in school history. Her 4.90 kills per game average was third-best in the Pac-10. Richards posted a career-high 35 kills at USC, which is fifth-best for a single match in school history. Richards, who hit .272 for the season, tallied double-digits in kills in 28 of 32 matches, including a streak of 17 matches to end the 2005 season. Richards had 20 or more kills in ten matches. Richards was second on the team in digs (394, 3.55 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10). Richards collected a season-high 23 digs against Arizona State. Her 1,422 career kills is ninth-best in Stanford history. Her 1,247 career digs is fifth-best in the Stanford record book.

Akinradewo, who was recently named the AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, was third in the Pac-10 and tenth in the nation with a .397 hitting percentage. Akinradewo was tenth in the Pac-10 in kills (3.92 kpg) and blocks (team leading 1.09 bpg). In Pac-10 matches, Akinradewo topped All Pac-10 players with a .386 hitting percentage. Akinradewo hit .400 or better in 15 matches which included a season-high .720 hitting percentage vs Utah State and .714 at Boston College. Akinradewo posted double-digit kill totals in 26 of 32 matches played this season. Akinradewo was second on the team in kills (439). Her 22 kills at USC was a season-best. Her season-high 12 blocks at UCLA was ninth-best for a single match in Stanford history.

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