Jan. 31, 2007
The UCLA women's volleyball team presented 11 team awards at its annual season-ending banquet on January 21. The banquet followed UCLA's best season since 1994, a campaign that finished with a 33-4 record and a trip to the National Semifinals at Qwest Center Omaha, December 14-16.
Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether was one of three Bruins to earn All-America honors and was one of four Honda Award finalists for the 2006 season. She also became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in two statistical categories in the same year, topping the list in attack percentage and blocks per game.
Head coach Andy Banachowski earned two National Coach of the Year honors, as he was presented with the Tachikara/AVCA Division I Women's Coach of the Year award at a Dec. 14 banquet in Omaha, Neb., and he has also been selected as the Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year for 2006.
Team awards were presented as follows:
Highest in-season GPA: Jade Machado
Best Conditioned Athlete: Katie Carter
Best Server: Colby Lyman
Best Passer: Colby Lyman
Best Setter: Nellie Spicer
Best Hitter: Nana Meriwether
Best Digger: Jordan Smith
Best Blocker: Nana Meriwether
Best Newcomer: Ali Daley
Most Improved: Kaitlin Sather
Team MVP: Nana Meriwether
UCLA's successful season yielded a second-place Pac-10 finish with a 15-3 conference record, and a third-place national finish. The Bruins fell to top seeded and eventual NCAA Champion Nebraska in front of a then-record crowd of 17,014 fans at Qwest Center Omaha on Dec. 14.