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2004 AVCA All-America Teams Announced for Division I Women's Volleyball

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 24th annual AVCA All-America teams for Division I women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 17, 2004, at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Long Beach (Calif.) Westin Hotel.

Ohio State senior outside hitter Stacey Gordon and Stanford senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani have been selected AVCA All-Americans for the fourth time in their career. Southern California senior middle blocker Emily Adams was chosen to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the third consecutive season. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 athletes, while the AVCA All-America honorable mention selections are AVCA All-Region selections not chosen on one of the three AVCA All-America teams. The AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 17 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

The selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair - Janice Kruger, Maryland; Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; Rich Feller, California; Burt Fuller, Utah State; Judy Green, Alabama; Jill Hirschinger, New Hampshire; Nancy Mueller, Illinois-Chicago; and Mark Rosen, Michigan. The AVCA Awards Chair is Illinois State Head Coach Sharon Dingman.


Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Emily Adams ^* University of Southern California MB Sr. 6-6 Phoenix, Arizona
Kelly Bowman University of Minnesota S/H So. 5-10 Maple Grove, Minnesota
Keao Burdine # University of Southern California OH Sr. 6-1 Pico Rivera, California
Melissa Elmer # University of Nebraska MB Jr. 6-2 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Paula Gentil #! University of Minnesota DS/Lib Jr. 5-9 Forteleza Ceara, Brazil
Stacey Gordon #*& The Ohio State University OH Sr. 5-11 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Kanoe Kamana'o @ University of Hawai'i S So. 5-8 Honolulu, Hawai'i
Ogonna Nnamani ^$& Stanford University OH Sr. 6-1 Normal, Illinois
Sarah Pavan University of Nebraska RS/Opp Fr. 6-5 Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Courtney Thompson University of Washington S So. 5-8 Kent, Washington
Mira Topic ! University of Texas OH Sr. 6-3 Kastela Kambelovac, Croatia
Sam Tortorello # Penn State University S Jr. 5-11 Shorewood, Illinois


Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Devon Forster University of San Diego OH Sr. 6-1 Boulder, Colorado
Bethany Howden University of Texas MB Sr. 6-2 Austin, Texas
Lindsey Hunter University of Missouri S Jr. 5-10 Papillion, Nebraska
Laura Jones Texas A&M University OH Jr. 6-2 Arlington, Texas
Camille Leffall University of California MB Sr. 6-1 Upland, California
Marisa Main The Ohio State University S So. 5-9 Louisville, Kentucky
Christal Morrison University of Washington OH Fr. 6-2 Puyallup, Washington
Syndie Nadeau Penn State University RS/Opp Sr. 6-1 St. Georges, Quebec, Canada
Victoria Prince University of Hawai'i MB Jr. 6-0 Kennewick, Washington
Jennifer Saleaumua University of Nebraska OH Jr. 5-11 National City, California
Kelly Wing @ University of California, Irvine OH Sr. 5-11 Murrieta, California
Chrissie Zartman UCLA DS/Lib Sr. 5-5 Hermosa Beach, California


Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Lauren Brewster University of Notre Dame MB Jr. 6-3 Brentwood Tennessee
Bibiana Candelas ^ University of Southern California MB Jr. 6-5 Torreon Mexico
Jane Collymore University of Florida OH Jr. 6-0 Englewood Colorado
Alexis Crimes Long Beach State University MB Fr. 6-3 Rancho Cucamonga California
Julie Knytych University of Tennessee S Jr. 5-9 LaGrange Park Illinois
Krystal McFarland UCLA S Sr. 5-10 Ventura California
Lynnette Moster @$ Georgia Tech OH Sr. 5-10 Liberty Indiana
Melissa Munsch # Texas A&M University MB Sr. 6-1 Columbus Texas
Jill Odenthal University of Wisconsin RS/Opp Sr. 6-0 Geneva Illinois
Alexandra Oquendo University of Georgia MB Jr. 6-2 Guaynabo Puerto Rico
Lindsey Sherburne University of San Diego S Jr. 5-9 Saratoga California
Ana Yartseva University of Louisville MB So. 6-4 Anapa Russia

^ indicates 2003 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
* indicates 2002 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2001 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2003 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2002 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2001 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2003 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection
! indicates 2002 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection

2004 AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year: Sarah Pavan (University of Nebraska, Right Side/Opposite Hitter)
2004 AVCA Division I Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Dec. 17, 2004

AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
Briana Adamovsky (Ohio, S, Sr.)
Stevi Adams (New Mexico State University, OH, Sr.)
Jackie Ahlers (St. John's University, OH, Jr.)
Hayley Anderson (University of the Pacific, S, Sr.)
Iana Andonova (Florida Atlantic University, MB, Jr.)
Kristen Andre (University of Tennessee, MB, Jr.)
Aida Antanaviciute (Saint Louis, MB, Jr.)
Sabrina Apker (Southwest Missouri State, MB, Jr.)
Faye Barhorst (University of Dayton, MB, So.)
Jessica Belter (Illinois, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Sidney Bennett (University of the Pacific, MB, Jr.)
Cutrina Biddulph (American University, MB, Jr.)
Areal Bienemy (Butler University, MB, Sr.)
Kelly-Anne Billingy (Marshall University, OH, Fr.)
Jamie Bouyer (Cleveland State University, MB, Sr.)
Blair Buchanan (University at Albany, S, So.)
Michelle Chatman (University of Florida, MB, Sr.)
Melissa Courtney (Colorado State University, S, Sr.)
Andreya Downs (Colorado State University, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Kelly Duan (Syracuse University, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Julie DuPont (University of Cincinnati, OH, Sr.)
Leslie Finn (Clemson University, OH, Sr.)
Karen Fruit (UW-Milwaukee, OH, Sr.)
Jayme Gergen (Georgia Tech, MB, Sr.)
Erica Gerth (Eastern Illinois University, OH, Sr.)
Allie Griffin (University of Colorado, RS/Opp, Jr.
Ali Hausfeld (Duke University, S, Fr.)
Erin Heffner (University of Alabama, OH, Sr.)
Vali Hejjas (Kansas State, OH, Sr.)
Lyndsey Henderson (University of Utah, MB, Sr.)
Mary Hock (Winthrop University, OH, Jr.)
Lauren Holbrook (Loyola University Chicago, S, Sr.)
Jennifer Hoffman (University of Louisville, MB, Jr.)
Kristen Hurst (University of San Diego, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Stephanie Istvan (Duke University, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Lauren Kelbley (University of Notre Dame, OH, Jr.)
Adriana Kostadinova (Florida A&M University, OH, Jr.)
Lindsey Laband (Georgia Tech, S, Jr.)
Candace Lee (University of Washington, DS/Lib, Jr.)
Erin Martin (University of Minnesota, OH, Sr.)
Megan McGrane (University of Pittsburgh, DS/Lib, Jr.)
Megan Miller (University of Pittsburgh, MB, Sr.)
Amy Morris (University of Tennessee, OH, Jr.)
Kristin Nelson (UC Santa Barbara, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Kelli Nerison (Loyola Marymount University, MB, Sr.)
Kaego Ogbechie (Harvard University, MB, Sr.)
Stefanie Panzer (Appalachian State University, MB, Jr.)
Michelle Piantadosi (University of Tennessee, OH, Sr.)
Molly Pyles (University of North Carolina, OH, Sr.)
Jen Ryan (Cal State Northridge, OH, Sr.)
Amanda Santos (Florida State University, MB, Sr.)
Kim Schram (Michigan State University, OH, Sr.)
Sheila Shaw (University of Wisconsin, MB, Jr.)
Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon (Colorado State University, MB, Sr.)
Bing Sun (University of Louisville, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Valeria Tipiana (University of Miami, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Gini Ullery (University of Pittsburgh, OH, Jr.)
Lena Ustymenko (University of Louisville, OH, Jr.)
Christy Utnage (University of Dayton, OH, Sr.)
Rachel Wagener (University of Maryland, MB, Jr.)
Heather Watts (University of Memphis, S/H, Sr.)
Sherri Williams (University of Florida, MB, Sr.)
Sara Younes (Wichita State University, RS/Opp, Sr.)

AVCA All-America First-Team

Emily Adams, a 6-6 senior middle blocker for Southern California, is a three-time AVCA All-American after averaging 1.40 blocks and 3.02 kills per game. She has attacked at a .399 clip in 2004, which ranks among the top 10. Adams has led the Trojans back into the NCAA semifinals.

Kelly Bowman, a 5-10 sophomore setter/hitter for Minnesota, averages 2.36 kills, 6.93 assists and 3.09 digs in a 6-2 offense. She has nine triple-doubles this season, including the region semifinal and final matches. Bowman hits at a .309 percentage in 2004.

Keao Burdine, a 6-1 senior outside hitter for Southern California, averages a team-leading 4.18 kills per game to go with a 3.41 dig average. She produced a 30-kill, 30-dig match in the region final against Nebraska. Burdine, a two-time AVCA All-American, also adds .30 aces per game.

Melissa Elmer, a 6-2 junior middle blocker for Nebraska, a two-time AVCA All-American, leads the nation in block average at 1.89 per game. She ranks among the Big 12 leaders with a .345 hitting percentage. Elmer has four matches with at least 10 blocks in 2004.

Paula Gentil, a 5-9 junior libero for Minnesota, is a three-time AVCA All-American who averages 6.69 digs per game in 2004. She broke the NCAA season record for total digs with 876 and is on pace to break the dig average record. With a year of eligibility left, Gentil broke the Big Ten dig career record.

Stacey Gordon, a 5-11 senior outside hitter for Ohio State, was the Big Ten Player of the Year and is a four-time AVCA All-American. She averaged 7.08 kills, 3.73 digs and 0.55 blocks per game in 2004. Gordon has produced 20 or more kills in 24 of 34 matches in 2004 with a .359 attack percentage.

Kanoe Kamana'o, a sophomore setter for Hawai'i, is a two-time AVCA All-American. She led the Rainbow Wahine to a .257 team attack percentage and 31-1 season record. Kamana'o was the WAC Player of the Year with averages of 13.62 assists, 3.09 digs and 1.15 blocks per game.

Ogonna Nnamani, a 6-1 senior outside hitter for Stanford, is a four-time AVCA All-American with a season averages of 5.88 kills per game and a .343 attack percentage. She broke the Pac-10 career kills record. Nnamani also was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year by CoSIDA.

Sarah Pavan, a 6-5 freshman right side/opposite hitter for Nebraska, was named AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year with 4.46 kills and 1.20 blocks per game. She led all Big 12 freshmen with a .331 attack percentage. Pavan had six 20-kill efforts in her first season.

Courtney Thompson, a 5-8 sophomore setter for Washington, ranks second nationally for assists with a 14.66 average. She has paced the Huskies to a seventh-best .286 hitting percentage as Washington plays in its first national semifinals. Thompson has reached 3,000-career assists in just two seasons.

Mira Topic, a 6-3 senior outside hitter for Texas, ranks seventh nationally in kills per game. She was tabbed Big 12 Player of the Year while hitting well above .300. Topic, a two-time AVCA All-American, holds school records for career and season kills.

Sam Tortorello, a 5-11 junior setter for Penn State, is a two-time AVCA All-American after leading the Nittany Lions to a second seed in the NCAA Tournament. She averages 14.00 assists, 1.27 kills, 3.03 digs and 0.93 blocks per game. Tortorello has paced Penn State to a .282 hitting percentage.

AVCA Division I Second-Team All-America Bios

Devon Forster, a 6-1 senior outside hitter for San Diego, paced the Toreros into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. She averaged 5.33 kills and 2.80 digs per game while hitting .263. Forster was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Bethany Howden, a 6-2 senior middle blocker for Texas, averaged 4.08 kills a game in 2004. She leads the Longhorns with 1.02 blocks per, in addition to a .378 attack percentage. Howden completed her career ranked third in school history for kills.

Lindsey Hunter, a 5-10 junior setter for Missouri, ranks fourth in the nation in assists per game with 14.43, a Tiger school record. She helped Missouri to a 20-9 record this season and berth in the NCAA Tournament second round. Hunter averaged nearly a kill a game.

Laura Jones, a 6-2 outside hitter for Texas A&M, set school records with 4.94 kills and 5.6 points per game. She paced the Aggies in kills in 21 of 28 matches, including 11 matches of 20 or more kills. Jones added 2.86 digs and 0.73 blocks per game.

Camille Leffall, a 6-1 senior middle blocker for California, aided the Golden Bears to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth. She broke her own school record with a .384 attack percentage and is now the career leader in the category at .363. Leffall also broke the school record for career blocks.

Marisa Main, a 5-9 sophomore setter for Ohio State, ranks second nationally in assists per game with a 14.88 average. She led the Buckeyes to a .313 team attack percentage and spot in the NCAA region finals. Main added 1.33 kills, 2.35 digs and 0.46 blocks per game.

Christal Morrison, a 6-2 freshman outside hitter for Washington, ranks second in the conference with 4.21 kills and 4.79 points per game. She has notched double-digit kills 25 times in her first collegiate season. Morrison, the AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, has 12 double-doubles.

Syndie Nadeau, a 6-1 senior right side/opposite hitter for Penn State, averaged 3.09 kills, 3.24 digs and 0.74 blocks per game. She had 17 doubles-doubles in 2004 with a .307 attack percentage. Nadeau was the first-ever Nittany Lion to claim Sports Imports/National Player of the Week.

Victoria Prince, a junior middle blocker for Hawai'i, averaged 1.63 blocks and 3.39 kills per game for the 31-1 Rainbow Wahine. She attacked at a .411 hitting percentage for the season. Prince had eight matches of .500 or better attack percentage in 2004.

Jennifer Saleaumua, a 5-11 junior outside hitter for Nebraska, averaged 3.78 digs and 3.08 kills per game as she landed on the AVCA All-Central Region for the second time. She recorded nine double-doubles in 2004. Saleaumua was chosen the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Kelly Wing, a senior outside hitter for UC Irvine, averaged 5.78 kills, 3.19 digs and 0.55 aces per game in being named Big West Conference Player of the Year. She paced the Anteaters to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Wing completed her career with 2,267 kills.

Chrissie Zartman, a 5-5 senior libero for UCLA, averaged 5.86 digs per game in 2004. She became the 10th player in Division I with 2,000-career digs. Zartman became the first libero to win Pac-10 Player of the Week and holds the league and school record for career digs.

AVCA Division I Third-Team All-America Bios

Lauren Brewster, a 6-3 junior middle blocker for Notre Dame, is one of two players averaging at least 1.50 blocks and 1.50 digs per game. She is a three-time All-BIG EAST selection. Brewster hit .313 with 3.62 kills per game in 2004.

Bibiana Candelas, a 6-5 junior middle blocker for Southern California, is a two-time AVCA All-American. She has helped the two-time defending champion Trojans back into the national semifinals. Candelas averages 3.05 kills and 1.03 blocks per game while hitting .401.

Jane Collymore, a 6-0 junior outside hitter for Florida, was named the SEC Player of the Year after averaging 5.03 kills, 3.08 digs, 0.47 aces and 0.60 blocks per game. She became the 13th Gator to reach 1,000-career kills. Collymore recorded 604 kills in 2004, the second-most in school history.

Alexis Crimes, a 6-3 freshman middle blocker for Long Beach State, helped the 49ers to a 24-7 record and NCAA postseason berth. She averaged 3.88 kills and 1.25 blocks per game. Crimes hit a team-high .374 en route to being named AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year.

Julie Knytych, a 5-9 junior setter for Tennessee, broke the school record for assists in a season as the Lady Vols advanced to the NCAA region semifinals. She led the offense to a .261 team attack percentage and 32-3 record. Knytych added averages of 0.96 kills and 2.57 digs.

Krystal McFarland, a 5-10 senior setter for UCLA, helped the Bruins to the region finals in 2004 despite being a 15th seed. She averaged 12.56 assists per game as UCLA hit .227 as a team. McFarland chipped in 1.12 kills, 2.51 digs and 0.56 blocks per game as the Bruins won 21 matches.

Lynnette Moster, a 5-10 senior outside hitter for Georgia Tech, was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2004 and is a three-time AVCA All-American. She averages 5.27 kills, 3.68 digs and 0.46 aces per game. Moster hit at a .313 clip in 2004.

Melissa Munsch, a 6-1 junior middle blocker for Texas A&M, is a two-time AVCA All-American that averaged 1.66 blocks, 3.07 digs and 0.44 aces per game. She is a three-time All-Big 12 selection and hit .307 this season with three triple-doubles. Munsch helped the Aggies to a 19-9 record.

Jill Odenthal, a 6-0 senior right side/opposite hitter for Wisconsin, helped the Badgers into the region finals as 14th seed in the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 3.06 kills, 1.95 digs and 0.83 blocks per game as Wisconsin won 22 matches in 2004. Odenthal produced 19 matches of double-digit kills.

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