Three Bruins Named ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-Americans

Jan. 22, 2007

Three UCLA women's volleyball players and head coach Andy Banachowski have been honored by Volleyball Magazine. Banachowski was named the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year, while Nana Meriwether and Nellie Spicer earned First-Team All-America honors and Katie Carter received honorable mention notice.

Meriwether, a senior middle blocker from Potomac, Md., was named the MVP of UCLA's NCAA Regional and was a first team AVCA All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection. She 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, a Honda Award finalist, led the nation with a .448 attack percentage and 1.95 blocks per-game this season, becoming the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the country in two statistical categories in the same season.

Spicer, a sophomore setter from Barrington, Ill., piloted the Bruins to a team .272 attack percentage, a mark that ranked 13th among all NCAA Division I teams. Her individual average of 13.66 assists per game was second in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation. Spicer earned All-Tournament honors at the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational and the Pioneer Classic, where she was named the Tournament MVP and was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team last weekend. She was also a first-team AVCA All-America and All-Pac-10 selection.

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 was second on the team in kills per game with a 3.30 average and third on the team in blocking with a 0.92 per-game average. Carter was also named to All-Tournament teams at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic and at UCLA's NCAA Regional. Carter was a third-team AVCA All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection.

Banachowski, who has more NCAA Division I women's volleyball victories than any other head coach in history, earns his second Coach of the Year honor for the 2006 season. He was named the AVCA's Tachikara Coach of the Year during the NCAA women's volleyball final four in Omaha in December.

UCLA finished the season with a third-place national finish. The Bruins posted a record of 33-4 on the season, including a 15-3 Pac-10 record that was good for a tie for second place in the conference standings. UCLA advanced to its first National Semifinals since the 1994 season, falling to eventual NCAA Champion Nebraska in four games in the semifinal at Qwest Center Omaha on Dec. 14.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE