Asia Kaczor Named Volleyball Finalist For Honda Award

Dec. 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- USC senior opposite Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) was named Saturday as one of four Division I finalists for the 2007 Women's Volleyball Honda Sports Award. She was named along with Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo and Penn State's Christie Harmotto and Megan Hodge.

Kaczor becomes the 10th USC player to be named as a nominee for the Honda Award. Two former Trojans won the award: Debbie Green (1977-78) and April Ross (2003-04).

Earlier this week, Kaczor earned 2007 AVCA All-America first team honors and led USC to the NCAA national semifinals with a 29-5 record. She also earned AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 Conference honors this season.

She set four USC single-season records this season for kills (658), attempts (1,542), points (745.5) and points per game (5.82). In her two-year career at USC, she also registered two school career records for kills per game (5.05) and points per game (5.74) while hitting .300 overall.

This season, Kaczor had a 5.18 kills-per-game average and hit .300 (658-195-1542). She also had 44 assists (0.34 apg), 40 service aces (0.31 sapg), 281 digs (2.20 dpg) and 83 blocks (0.65 bpg). She recorded double figure kills in 32 of 34 matches this season and had nine double-doubles on the season, including a 34-kill, 17-dig effort against No. 25 Long Beach State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

She was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week three times this season, as well as earning AVCA National Player of the Week once. With 42 kills in two matches at the NCAA Gainesville (Fla.) Regional, she earned most valuable player honors and received all-tournament team honors in three other tournaments this season. She was named most valuable player at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio, after 39 kills in two wins over No. 20 Ohio State and Purdue.

On Nov. 16, Kaczor set USC and Pac-10 Conference single match records with 44 kills and 100 attempts against No. 5 Washington.

American Honda will donate $1,000 to USC's athletic fund with a total of $5,000 going to the winner's program. The winner of the Honda Award for women's volleyball will be a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the top collegiate female athlete of the year.