Nov. 20, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second consecutive season the Arizona volleyball program has had three players selected All-Pac-10 by the conference coaches. Dana Burkholder, a three time selection, Jill Talbot and Lisa Rutledge, both first time selections, garnered this season's honors for the Wildcats. Junior Stefani Saragosa tallied honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and first-year Wildcat Kelli Mulvany was named honorable mention All-Freshman Pac-10 as well.
Burkholder, the 2000 Pac-10 Player-of-the-Year, finished the conference season leading the Pac-10 in assists per game (13.06) and was sixth in hitting percentage (.365). She is just the third Arizona player to be named All-Pac-10 three times in a career and just the second to be named in three consecutive seasons. Her third selection adds her to the list with former teammate Marisa DaLee and Barb Bell. DaLee was Arizona's first three consecutive year honoree.
Talbot, who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season, finished the Pac-10 season second in the conference in hitting percentage. Her 224 kills on 406 attempts and 48 errors led to a career-high conference attack percentage of .433. She also finished fourth among all players in digs per game (3.37) in conference matches.
Rutledge, who also garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last season, established herself as an offensive force in 2001. She was fourth in conference play in kills (4.00) and points per game (4.72) and finished sixth in service aces (0.37) and ninth in digs per game (2.94).
Saragosa's honor is her first conference recognition since being named honorable mention to the All-Freshman team in 1999. She concluded Pac-10 play as Arizona's leader in blocks per game (0.95) while hitting an impressive .312 on offense. Mulvany, a defensive specialist, ended her first Pac-10 campaign fifth on the team in digs per game (2.06).
The 2001 All-Pac-10 team was dominated by Arizona, Stanford, UCLA and USC. Of the 12 players named first-team, 11 came from one of the four schools. UA, Stanford and USC each had three players selected, while UCLA tallied two. The lone player represented from another school was Washington State's LaToya Harris. The Cardinal, who have already won at least a share of the Pac-10 title, swept the top conference awards. Junior Logan Tom was named the Conference Player-of-the-Year, newcomer Ogonna Nnamani garnered Freshman of the Year honors and first-year head coach John Dunning was named the Conference Coach-of-the-Year.
2001 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM PLAYER,TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN Ashley Bowles, UCLA*** OH 6-0 Sr. Manhattan Beach, Calif. Dana Burkholder, ARIZ*** S 5-8 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. LaToya Harris, WSU** OH 5-9 Jr. Portland, Ore. Sara McGee, STAN MB 6-3 So. Davis, Calif. Ogonna Nnamani, STAN OH 6-1 Fr. Normal, Ill. Katie Olsovsky, USC MB 6-3 So. Torrance, Calif. Jennifer Pahl, USC*** MB 6-1 Sr. Murrieta, Calif. April Ross, USC** OH 6-1 So. Newport Beach, Calif. Lisa Rutledge, ARIZ OH 6-2 Jr. Vista, Calif. Erika Selsor, UCLA** S 5-6 Sr. Linden, Calif. Jill Talbot, ARIZ OH 6-0 Sr. San Diego, Calif. Logan Tom, STAN*** OH 6-1 Jr. Salt Lake City, Utah ** two-time selection *** three-time selectionHonorable Mention: Paige Benjamin, WASH, Keao Burdine, USC, Laura Collins, OSU, Tara Conrad, STAN, Lauren Fendrick, UCLA, Adrian Hankoff, WSU, Stephanie Martin, ORE, Allison Richardson, WASH, Stefani Saragosa, ARIZ, Gina Schmidt, OSU, Kali Surplus, WSU, Lisa Underhill, WASH.
Honorable Mention: Alicia Akporiaye, ASU, Allison Lawrence, OSU, Kelli Mulvany, ARIZ.
2001 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWN Keao Burdine, USC OH 6-1 La Habra, Calif. Camille Leffall, CAL MB 6-0 Upland, Calif. Brynn Murphy, UCLA MB 6-3 Coronado, Calif. Ogonna Nnamani, STAN OH 6-1 Normal, Ill. Alicia Robinson, USC OH 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz. Chrissie Zartman, UCLA DS 5-5 Hermosa Beach, Calif.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Logan Tom, Stanford
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford
PAC-10 CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: John Dunning, Stanford