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.