Women's Volleyball Presents Team Awards

Jan. 31, 2007

The UCLA women's volleyball team presented 11 team awards at its annual season-ending banquet on January 21. The banquet followed UCLA's best season since 1994, a campaign that finished with a 33-4 record and a trip to the National Semifinals at Qwest Center Omaha, December 14-16.

Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether was one of three Bruins to earn All-America honors and was one of four Honda Award finalists for the 2006 season. She also became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in two statistical categories in the same year, topping the list in attack percentage and blocks per game.

Joining Meriwether on the AVCA's First-Team All-America list was sophomore setter Nellie Spicer, and senior outside hitter Katie Carter was named to the AVCA All-America third team.

Head coach Andy Banachowski earned two National Coach of the Year honors, as he was presented with the Tachikara/AVCA Division I Women's Coach of the Year award at a Dec. 14 banquet in Omaha, Neb., and he has also been selected as the Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year for 2006.

Team awards were presented as follows:

Highest in-season GPA: Jade Machado
Best Conditioned Athlete: Katie Carter
Best Server: Colby Lyman
Best Passer: Colby Lyman
Best Setter: Nellie Spicer
Best Hitter: Nana Meriwether
Best Digger: Jordan Smith
Best Blocker: Nana Meriwether
Best Newcomer: Ali Daley
Most Improved: Kaitlin Sather
Team MVP: Nana Meriwether

UCLA's successful season yielded a second-place Pac-10 finish with a 15-3 conference record, and a third-place national finish. The Bruins fell to top seeded and eventual NCAA Champion Nebraska in front of a then-record crowd of 17,014 fans at Qwest Center Omaha on Dec. 14.

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