Meriwether, Spicer, Carter Earn All-Region Honors

Dec. 7, 2006

Three members of the UCLA women's volleyball team, senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether, sophomore setter Nellie Spicer and senior outside hitter Katie Carter, have earned AVCA All-Region honors, it was announced on Wednesday. Meriwether and Spicer were named to the Pacific Region first team while Carter earned Honorable Mention honors. All three are now eligible for the AVCA All-America team which will be announced on December 15, in Omaha.

Meriwether, a senior middle blocker from Potomac, Md., earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times this season, including earning AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week notice on Sept. 5. For that national honor, Meriwether recorded the fourth-highest attack percentage in NCAA Division I history with at least 20 attacks (20K-1E-24TA). She also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, and was named to the All-Tournament Team at all four of UCLA's tournaments, including MVP honors at the State Farm Bearcat Invitational, Hawaiian Airlines Classic and Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational. Meriwether currently leads the Pac-10 and NCAA Division I with a .458 season attack percentage and a 1.96 blocks per-game average. No athlete in NCAA Division I history has ever led the final national statistical standings in two different categories for the same season. This is Meriwether's second selection to the AVCA Pacific Region team.

Spicer, a sophomore setter from Barrington, Ill., has piloted the Bruins to a team .270 attack percentage, a mark that ranks 15th among all NCAA Division I teams. Her individual average of 13.63 assists per game is second in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation. Spicer earned All-Tournament honors at the Hilton Garden Inn Grenbelt Invitational and the Pioneer Classic, where she was named the Tournament MVP. This is Spicer's first selection to the AVCA Pacific Region team.

Carter, a senior outside hitter from Steamboat Springs, Colo., was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for October 2 after UCLA posted home wins over Washington and Washington State. She is second on the team in kills per game with a 3.38 average and is third on the team in blocking with a 0.96 per-game average. Carter was also named to All-Tournament teams at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. This is Carter's first selection to the AVCA Pacific Region team.

UCLA is currently 31-3 on the season and the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team's 31 victories is its highest total since the 1994 season and this is the Bruins first top-four national seed since 1994, UCLA's most recent trip to the National semifinals. The Bruins return to action in the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 4:30 pm local time at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, (6:30 pm Pacific Time) against No. 13 Oklahoma. Audio of the UCLA-Oklahoma match will be broadcast live on

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