Gil Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Spicer Earns All-Pac-10 First-Team Honors
Dec. 1, 2008
Gil becomes the fourth Bruin to earn Freshman of the Year honors, joining Annett Buckner (1991), Kim Krull (1993) and Kristee Porter (1998). Spicer is the third UCLA player (Natalie Williams and Elaine Youngs) and the 16th in conference history to earn first-team accolades all four seasons.
Also recognized on Monday were seniors Ali Daley and Jessica Fine, who joined Gil on the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team. It marks the second straight season Daley has been recognized on the honorable mention team and the first honor for Fine.
The Bruins have had 79 All-Pac-10 selections (53 first-teamers) and 32 All-Freshman Team honorees (21 first-teamers) over the last 22 seasons.
Gil finished the regular season first in the Pac-10 and second in the nation with 1.49 blocks per set. The freshman has totaled at least five blocks in a team-best 18 matches, with 13 of them coming during league action. Gil has two double-figure blocks contests against Oregon (13 on Nov. 1) and California (10 on Nov. 21). She is also first on the team in hitting percentage (.324), second in points per set (3.50) and third in kills per set (2.61).
Spicer ranks fourth in the conference and 30th in the country in assists per set at 10.93. She leads the Bruins with 15 double-doubles, posting 10 of them in Pac-10 contests. Spicer has five 50-plus assists contests and produced a season-best 61 against Washington on Oct. 10. The senior moved into second on UCLA's all-time assists list on Nov. 14 and is 101 away from joining Erika Selsor as only the second Bruin to reach 6,000 assists. Spicer also ranks third on the team in digs per set (2.42).
Daley enters the postseason as the team leader in kills per set at 3.08. Named the season's final Pac-10 Player of the Week earlier Monday, Daley has led the Bruins in kills in five straight matches and a team-best 11 times. The senior's season high in kills came last Tuesday against Pepperdine when she had 20. She is also second on the team with 12 double-doubles, with 10 of them coming in Pac-10 matches. Daley became the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-kill club on Nov. 15 and is 14 digs away from reaching 1,000.
Fine is the team leader in digs per set at 4.77 and also ranks third in the Pac-10 and 43rd in the nation. The senior became the 17th Bruin to reach 1,000 career digs on Nov. 22 and has reached double figures in digs 24 times this season. She has three 30-plus dig efforts, including a season-best 32 against Pepperdine. Fine also has a pair of 30-dig performances against Washington (Oct. 10) and Oregon (Nov. 1), as well as 10 more matches with at least 20 digs.
Camp is second on the squad and tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with 1.05 blocks per set. She is also fourth in kills per set (2.18) and second in hitting percentage (.304). Camp has produced at least five blocks in nine matches this season, which ranks second on the team. She also has 10 double-figure kills contests.
Sage has started 13 straight matches for the Bruins and has produced at least five kills in 10 of those 13 starts. Sage set a career high with nine kills on Nov. 21 at California and had a personal-best six blocks last Tuesday against Pepperdine. On the year, Sage is averaging 1.39 kills per set and 0.79 blocks per set.
The Bruins, ranked ninth in the final regular-season Bison/AVCA Coaches Poll and seeded 14th in the NCAA Tournament, host the first and second rounds on Friday and Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA takes on LSU at 8 p.m. on Friday, which will be preceded by a first-round match between San Francisco and Duke at 5:30 p.m. The winners of Friday's contests will play Saturday at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the Austin, Texas Regional.