Cardinal Trio Honored
STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s volleyball team had three players recognized when Volleyball Magazine announced its All-America selections today. Senior Carly Wopat earned first team honors, while sophomore Jordan Burgess was a second team selection and sophomore Inky Ajanaku was named to the third team.
Wopat receives first team recognition for the third straight season. Burgess and Ajanaku are both being honored for the first time by the publication. Wopat and Ajanaku were named AVCA First Team All-Americans in December, while Burgess was an honorable mention pick.
Wopat, a middle blocker from Santa Barbara, Calif., led the Pac-12 and ranked 13th nationally with 1.43 blocks per set, and was third in the conference with a .429 hitting percentage. She also paced the Cardinal with 3.82 points per set. A three-time all-conference pick, she garnered Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2013, and became just the third Cardinal player to register 600 career blocks (614). Her .429 hitting percentage this season was a career high and the fifth-best single season mark in program history.
Burgess, a two-time all-conference recipient as a sophomore, was one of five Cardinal players who averaged at least 2.72 kills per set on the season (2.76). The Fort Myers, Fla., native led Stanford in Pac-12 matches with 3.01 kills per set on a .311 hitting percentage. The outside hitter had six double-doubles on the season and collected 2.82 digs per set. In the regional final loss to Penn State, Burgess led Stanford with 17 kills on a .375 attack percentage to go with 18 digs.
Ajanaku, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was second in the Pac-12 with a .438 hitting percentage and ranked third with 1.38 blocks per set. On the season, the middle blocker was ninth nationally in hitting percentage and 20th in blocks per set. She nabbed the final AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 and picked up her first career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades (12/2). Her .438 hitting percentage in 2013 was the third-best single season mark in school history.
The Pac-12 Conference placed nine players on the three teams. Joining Wopat on the first team are USC’s Samantha Bricio and Natalie Hagglund and Washington’s Krista Vansant. Along with Burgess, USC freshman Ebony Nwanebu was a second team pick. Arizona State’s Macey Gardner and USC’s Alex Olgard earned third team honors in addition to Ajanaku.
Stanford ended the season with a 27-6 overall record and advanced to the Lexington Regional Final, where it fell to second-seeded Penn State in five sets. The Cardinal finished second in the Pac-12 race (17-3), made its 33rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and reached a regional final for the eighth time under head coach John Dunning.