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Volleyball's Dana Burkholder Named Pac-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona junior Dana Burkholder was honored by the Pac-10 Conference as the Player of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. The Bakersfield, Calif., native becomes the first Arizona player to win the honor in school history.

Instrumental in Arizona's first conference title ever, she averaged 14.08 assists per game in conference play, third best among the ten schools. She also finished the Pac-10 season 10th in digs (3.05 dgp) and hit .352 with 115 kills from her setter position. The catalyst for the Arizona offense, she has led the Wildcats to their most productive season ever. The Wildcats are hitting .321 as a team, a mark that ranks second all-time in Pac-10 history. She was also named to the All-Pac-10 team.

Four Wildcat teammates join Burkholder in earning conference honors. Seniors Marisa DaLee and Allison Napier were tabbed 2000 All-Pac-10 Team members, while junior Jill Talbot and sophomore Lisa Rutledge were both named honorable mention.

 
 

DaLee, a fifth-year senior from Phoenix, Ariz., becomes just the second Arizona player to be named All-Pac-10 three times in a career and the first ever to be named three times consecutively (1998-2000). Barb Bell earned All-Pac-10 accolades in 1993, 95, and 96 for the Wildcats. DaLee has led the Pac-10 in hitting all season long, never dropping below a .425 attack percentage. Against conference schools she tallied 220 kills on just 421 swings while recording a team-high 79 total blocks.

Napier had a career season in her final campaign with Arizona. The All-Pac-10 honor is the first for the Santa Ana, Calif., native. She recorded a team-high 279 kills against conference opponents this season while hitting .256. She also finished sixth in the conference with a 4.07 kills per game average and eighth in service aces with 0.53 per game. Napier was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team in 1997.

Talbot, a key player in the Wildcats' overall success this season, finished sixth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage against conference teams (.343) and was eighth in digs per game (3.08). Rutledge, an All-Pac-10 Freshman and honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season, finished the 2000 conference season with 190 kills and 147 digs.

The players were not the only Wildcats to be recognized by their conference peers. Arizona head coach David Rubio earned Co-Conference Coach of the Year honors with USC's Jerritt Elliott. Selected by conference coaches to finish a distant fourth, Rubio guided the Wildcats to the first Pac-10 Conference championship in school history, finishing the Pac-10 season with a school-best 16-2 record. In his ninth season as head coach of Arizona, Rubio led the Wildcats to the Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament, owning the tie-breaker over co-champs USC.

All Pac-10 Team
Player, School Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown

Elisabeth Bachman, UCLA*** MB 6-3 Sr. Lakeville, Minn.
Amanda Burbridge, ASU ** OH 6-2 Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dana Burkholder, Arizona ** S 5-7 Jr. Bakersfield, Calif.
Marisa DaLee, Arizona*** MB 6-3 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.

Jennifer Detmer, Stanford*** MB 6-3 Sr. Thousand Oaks, Calif.
LaToya Harris, WSU OH 5-9 So. Portland, Ore.
Allison Napier, Arizona OH 6-2 Sr. Santa Ana, Calif.
Jennifer Pahl, USC** MB 6-1 Jr. Murrieta, Calif.
Kristee Porter, UCLA*** OH 5-11 Jr. Tyler, Texas
April Ross, USC OH 6-1 Fr. Newport Beach, Calif.
Gina Schmidt, OSU OH 5-11 Jr. Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
Logan Tom, Stanford** OH 6-1 So. Salt Lake City, Utah

Honorable Mention: Toni Anderson, USC; Ashley Bowles, UCLA; Lauren Fendrick, UCLA; Janae Henry, USC;Michelle Mortensen, ASU; Katie Olsovsky, USC; Alicia Perry, Cal; Antoinette Polk, USC; Lisa Rutledge, Arizona; Chelsie Schafer, WSU; Erika Selsor, UCLA; Kali Surplus, WSU; Jill Talbot, Arizona; Monique Tobbagi, Oregon; Lisa Underhill, Washington.

Pac-10 Player of the Year: Dana Burkholder, Arizona
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year: April Ross, USC
Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year: David Rubio, Arizona/Jerritt Elliott, USC

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