2003 AVCA All-America Teams

12/17/2003

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2003 AVCA All-America Teams Announced for Division I Women's Volleyball

DALLAS, Texas - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 23rd annual AVCA All-America teams for Division I women's volleyball. The awards will be presented Dec. 19, 2003, at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Dallas Wyndham Anatole Hotel.

Top-ranked USC placed three members on the first team (Emily Adams, Bibiana Candelas and April Ross) and one on the second team (Keao Burdine). Pacific's Jennifer Joines was selected AVCA All-American for the fourth time. Amber Florida's Aury Cruz and Hawaii's Kim Willoughby were selected to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the third consecutive season. The three combined teams boast five players that also received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2003. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 athletes, while the AVCA Honorable Mention All-American category was added this season. The AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 19 at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet.

The selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair - Janice Kruger, Maryland; Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; John Dunning, Stanford; Burt Fuller, Utah State; Judy Green, Alabama; Jill Hirschinger, New Hampshire; Nancy Mueller, South Florida; Pete Waite, Wisconsin.

2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST-TEAM (pictures)

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Emily Adams ^ University of Southern California MB Jr. 6-6 Phoenix, Arizona
Cassie Busse # University of Minnesota RS/Opp Sr. 6-2 Prior Lake, Minnesota
Bibiana Candelas University of Southern California MB So. 6-5 Torreon, Mexico
Aury Cruz ^* University of Florida OH Sr. 5-11 Levittown, Puerto Rico
Kele Eveland Georgia Institute of Technology S Sr. 5-11 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lauren Goehring Kansas State University MB Sr. 6-0 Fort Worth, Texas
Jennifer Joines #$& University of the Pacific MB Sr. 6-3 Milpitas, California
Ogonna Nnamani #$ Stanford University OH Jr. 6-1 Normal, Illinois
April Ross ^& University of Southern California OH Sr. 6-2 Newport Beach, California
Cara Smith # Penn State University MB Sr. 6-1 Lafayette, Indiana
Katie Wilkins #$ Pepperdine University OH Sr. 6-4 Lakeside, California
Kim Willoughby ^* University of Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-0 Napoleonville, Louisiana

2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND-TEAM (pictures)

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Keao Burdine University of Southern California OH Jr. 6-1 Pico Rivera, California
Melissa Elmer University of Nebraska MB So. 6-2 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Paula Gentil @ University of Minnesota Lib So. 5-9 Forteleaza Ceara, Brazil
Stacey Gordon ^$ The Ohio State University OH Jr. 5-11 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Jennifer Harvey Stanford University MB Sr. 6-5 Denver, Colorado
Benavia Jenkins @$ University of Florida MB Sr. 6-0 Ft. Pierce, Florida
Mia Jerkov @ University of California OH Jr. 6-3 Split, Croatia
Lily Kahumoku ^% University of Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-2 Lubbock, Texas
Melissa Munsch Texas A&M University MB Jr. 6-2 Columbus, Texas
Sanja Tomasevic University of Washington OH Jr. 6-1 Uzice, Yugoslavia
Sam Tortorello Penn State University S So. 5-11 Shorewood, Illinois
Sherri Williams University of Florida MB Jr. 6-2 Orlando, Florida

2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD-TEAM (pictures)

Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Lisa Argabright University of Illinois MB Sr. 6-5 Louisville Kentucky
Julie DuPont University of Cincinnati OH Jr. 6-0 Muskego Wisconsin
Jennifer Fopma Cal State Northridge MB Sr. 6-3 Bellflower California
Kim Glass # University of Arizona OH So. 6-3 Lancaster Pennsylvania
Wendy Hatlestad University of Pittsburgh OH Sr. 6-3 Roseville Minnesota
Kanoe Kamana'o University of Hawai'i S Fr. 5-8 Honolulu Hawai'i
Erin Moore University of Michigan MB Sr. 6-0 Tiffin Ohio
Lynnette Moster # Georgia Institute of Technology OH Jr. 5-10 Liberty Indiana
Becky Potter # Santa Clara University MB Sr. 6-0 Clovis California
Kim Turner University of Utah MB Sr. 6-2 Chandler Arizona
Linette White Southwest Missouri State MB Sr. 5-10 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Kelly Wing University of Californa Irvine OH Jr. 5-11 Murrieta California

^ indicates 2002 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
* indicates 2001 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
% indicates 2000 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
# indicates 2002 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
$ indicates 2001 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
& indicates 2000 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 2002 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection


2003 AVCA Division I Freshman of the Year: Kanoe Kamana'o (University of Hawai'i, Setter)
2003 AVCA Division I Player of the Year: Announced at AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet on Dec. 19, 2003

AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
Jacqueline Ahlers (St. John's, OH, So.)
Jill Arganbright (Northern Iowa, S, Sr.)
Whitney Ashcraft (Virginia, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Areal Bienemy (Butler, MB, Jr.)
Lauren Brewster (Notre Dame, MB, So.)
Erin Cartwright-Davis (Utah State, MB, Sr.)
Alyson Coler (New Hampshire, OH, Sr.)
Jane Collymore (Florida, OH, So.)
Melissa Courtney (Colorado State, S, Jr.)
Trinia Cuseo (New Mexico State, MB, Sr.)
Paige Davis (Virginia, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Kristen Fenton (Fresno State, OH, Jr.)
Leslie Finn (Clemson, OH, Jr.)
Deva Fowler (Tulane, MB, Jr.)
Jenny Frank (UCF, S/H, Sr.)
Monique Gerlach (Colorado, MB, Sr.)
Gabby Guerre (Kansas State, S, Jr.)
Laura Hageman (Ohio, MB, Sr.)
Anna Marie Hammond (Idaho, MB, Sr.)
Erin Heffner (Alabama, OH, Jr.)
Sarah Hokom (George Washington, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Bethany Howden (Texas, OH, Jr.)
Aimee Huddleston (Maryland, S, Jr.)
Erin Iceman (Penn State, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Lynnsy Jones (Maryland, RS/Opp, Sr.)
Lauren Kelbley (Notre Dame, MB, So.)
Sara Kincaid (Arkansas, MB, Sr.)
Kristen Kinder (Notre Dame, S, Sr.)
Kari Krouse (Tennessee-Chattanooga, OH, Sr.)
Karla Kucerkova (American, OH, Sr.)
Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan (Pennsylvania, OH, Sr.)
Laura Lauder (Cincinnati, S, Sr.)
Josi Lima (Kansas, MB, So.)
Emily Loomis (Notre Dame, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Corina Marginas (North Texas, OH, Sr.)
Megan Miller (Pittsburgh, MB, Jr.)
Shameka Mitchell (South Florida, MB, Jr.)
Kelli Nerison (Loyola Marymount, MB, Jr.)
Molly O'Brien (Northern Iowa, MB, Sr.)
Jill Odenthal (Wisconsin, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Sonja Percan (Louisville, OH, Sr.)
Aline Pereira (George Mason, OH, Sr.)
Alexandra Preiss (Georgia Tech, MB, Sr.)
Valerie Rydberg (Wake Forest, OH, So.)
Jennifer Saleaumua (Nebraska, OH, So.)
Lauren Sauer (Georgia Tech, OH, Jr.)
Kim Schram (Michigan State, OH, Jr.)
Katie Jo Shirley (Colorado State, MB, Jr.)
Allie Smerz (Wright State, DS/Lib, Sr.)
Lindsey Spoden (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, S, Sr.)
Bing Sun (Louisville, RS/Opp, Jr.)
Paige Sun (Murray State, OH, So.)
Roberta Tarnauskaite (Arkansas, S/H, Sr.)
Janelle Tomlinson (Wisconsin-Green Bay, OH, Sr.)
Mira Topic (Texas, OH, Jr.)
Erin Treadway (Dayton, OH, Sr.)
Lena Ustymenko (Louisville, OH, So.)
Martina Veiglova (Georgia Southern, OH, Sr.)
Erin Virtue (Illinois, S, Jr.)
Christy Williams (Wake Forest, MB, So.)


AVCA Division I First-Team All-America Bios

Emily Adams, a 6-6 junior middle blocker for Southern California, has placed on the AVCA All-America First Team for the second straight year. She averages 3.40 kills and 1.41 blocks while ranking among the top five nationally in hitting at .447. Adams has helped USC build a 45-match winning streak dating back to 2002.

Cassie Busse, a 6-2 senior right side/opposite hitter for Minnesota, has led the Golden Gophers best-ever NCAA Tournament finish. She is a two-time AVCA All-American who has averaged 4.62 kills, 2.38 digs and 0.84 blocks per game while hitting .295 in 2003. Busse ranks sixth all-time at Minnesota in kills.

Bibiana Candelas, a 6-5 sophomore middle blocker for Southern California, contributes 1.25 blocks and 3.01 kills per game to the defending national champion's attack. She hits at a .435 percentage to be among the top six in hitting nationally. Candelas has been a primary reason the Trojans have been ranked first in the polls all season.

Aury Cruz, a 5-11 senior outside hitter for Florida, has earned her third AVCA All-America award after becoming the first SEC player to earn the league's Player of the Year three straight years. She averages 4.42 kills and 3.40 digs per game while hitting .314. Cruz has helped the Gators to two straight NCAA semifinal berths.

Kele Eveland, a 5-11 senior setter for Georgia Tech, led the nation in assists per game with a 14.93 average. She, the ACC Player of the Year in 2003, earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors. Eveland directed the Georgia Tech offense to a .331 team attack percentage.

Lauren Goehring, a 6-foot senior middle blocker for Kansas State, helped the Wildcats to their highest ever ranking of number-five. She set a single-season record for hitting percentage with a .410 mark, along with a school-record .354 attack percentage. Goehring averaged 3.2 kills and 1.08 blocks per game.

Jennifer Joines, a 6-3 middle blocker for Pacific, becomes the first four-time AVCA All-American in the school's history. She recorded a .340 hitting percentage with 5.63 kills, 2.09 digs and 1.20 blocks per game as a senior. Joines was tabbed the Big West Player of the Year.

Ogonna Nnamani, a 6-1 junior outside hitter for Stanford, has earned her third straight AVCA All-America award as she averaged 6.06 points per game in 2003. She set a school record with 627 kills this season as part of a 5.45 kill average. Nnamani hit .309 on the season with 2.31 dig and 0.63 block averages.

April Ross, a 6-2 senior outside hitter for Southern California, has earned her third AVCA All-America honor. She has led the defending national champions back to the NCAA semifinals with averages of 3.65 kills, 3.11 digs, 0.70 blocks and 0.53 aces per game. Ross was tabbed the Pac-10 Player of the Year as USC has won 45 straight matches.

Cara Smith, a 6-1 senior middle blocker for Penn State, is a two-time AVCA All-America selection. She led the Big Ten in hitting percentage with a .381 mark and is one of only four players in school history to record 1,000 kills and 500 blocks. Smith averages 3.84 kills and 1.16 blocks per game.

Katie Wilkins, a 6-4 senior outside hitter for Pepperdine, is a three-time AVCA All-American and three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She averaged 5.31 kills, 2.06 digs and 0.94 blocks per game as the Waves rode to its highest ever national ranking. Wilkins hit .309 on the season and ended her career with over 1,600 kills.

Kim Willoughby, a 6-foot senior outside hitter for Hawaii, earns her third AVCA All-America honors as the Rainbow Wahine reached the semifinals for the third time in her career. She ranks second nationally in kills per game with 6.65 and has over 2,000-career kills. Willoughby adds 2.99 digs and 0.58 blocks per game while hitting .385 in 2003.


AVCA Division I Second-Team All-America Bios

Keao Burdine, a 6-1 junior outside hitter for Southern California, averages 3.35 kills and 2.95 digs per game for the defending national champion Trojan team. She has played a key role as USC has extended its win streak to 45 matches heading into the national semifinals. Burdine averages nearly four kills per game against national-ranked teams.

Melissa Elmer, a 6-2 sophomore middle blocker for Nebraska, posted 1.59 blocks and 3.09 kills per game while hitting .352 in 2003. She broke the single-match postseason school record for hitting percentage with a .737 mark against Dayton. Elmer tallied a career-high 15 blocks versus Kansas.

Paula Gentil, a 5-9 sophomore libero for Minnesota, claimed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award and All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year. She has a Big Ten record 646 digs this season for a 5.09 average. Gentil's back-row defense has helped the Gophers to a .244 team attack percentage.

Stacey Gordon, a 5-11 junior outside hitter for Ohio State, led the Buckeyes with 708 kills and averages of 6.62 kills and 3.61 digs per game. She set the all-time Big Ten record for kills in a game and ranks third nationally in the category in 2003. Gordon is a three-time AVCA All-American.

Jennifer Harvey, a 6-5 senior middle blocker for Stanford, led the Cardinal with 1.53 blocks per game. She helped Stanford reach the NCAA Region Semifinals as she collected 297 kills on the season. Harvey had seven or more blocks in 11 matches this season.

Benavia Jenkins, a 6-foot senior middle blocker, is a three-time AVCA All-American after contributing 3.16 kills and 1.46 blocks per game. During the season she set the school record for career blocks and is the second Gator to have 1,000 kills and 500 blocks. Jenkins has hit at a .465 clip in 2003.

Mia Jerkov, a 6-3 junior outside hitter for California, is a two-time AVCA All-American after last season's third-team selection. She averaged a league-leading 6.04 kills per game with a school-record 701 kills. Jerkov leads the Pac-10 in points with 785.5 and was named league player of the week four times.

Lily Kahumoku, a 6-2 senior outside hitter for Hawaii, is a three-time AVCA All-American and has led the Rainbow Wahine to a third NCAA semifinal berth in four years. She averages 4.49 kills, 3.47 digs and 0.59 digs per game. Kahumoku has charted a .297 hitting percentage in her final college season.

Melissa Munsch, a 6-2 junior middle blocker for Texas A&M, led the Aggies with 3.69 kills and 4.69 points per game. She recorded 18 double-double performances along with two triple-doubles. Munsch added 1.06 blocks and 2.98 digs per game in 2003.

Sanja Tomasevic, a 6-1 junior outside hitter for Washington, led the Huskies with 5.29 kills, 2.90 digs and 0.93 blocks per game. She helped the Huskies come within one game of the NCAA semifinals and a 23-9 overall record. Tomasevic tallied double-figure kills in all 32 matches in 2003.

Sam Tortorello, a 5-11 sophomore setter for Penn State, directed the Nittany Lion offense to a NCAA Region Final berth in 2003. She tallied 13.48 assists per game while leading Penn State to a .272 team attack percentage. Tortorello also averages 2.92 digs, 0.91 blocks and 0.89 kills per game.

Sherri Williams, a 6-2 junior middle blocker for Florida, leads the nation in attack percentage with a .470 mark. She averages 3.07 kills and 1.35 blocks per game in helping the Gators reach the NCAA semifinal round for the second straight year. Williams hit a league-high .498 in SEC matches.


AVCA Division I Third-Team All-America Bios

Lisa Argabright, a 6-5 senior middle blocker for Illinois, paced the Fighting Illini to the NCAA Region Semifinal round and 26-7 overall record. She averaged 3.72 kills and 1.28 blocks per game in 2003. Argabright completed her career as a two-time AVCA All-Mideast Region selection.

Julie DuPont, a 6-0 junior outside hitter for Cincinnati, was named Conference USA Player of the Year as she led the league in kills and points per game. She set a school-record with 5.43 kills per game, in addition to 0.90 blocks and 3.43 digs per game. DuPont was named CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.

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