Dec. 13, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. - Three members of UCLA's women's volleyball team have been named AVCA All-Americans, it was announced on Wednesday. Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether and sophomore setter Nellie Spicer earned first team honors while senior outside hitter Katie Carter was named to the third team.
This is the first time UCLA has had three AVCA All-Americans in the same season since 1992, when Marissa Hatchett, Natalie Williams and Elaine Youngs were all named to the first team. It is the first time the Bruins have had multiple first-team All-Americans since 1993 and Spicer and Meriwether are the first Bruins since 2000 to earn first-team AVCA All-America honors.
Meriwether, a senior middle blocker from Potomac, Md., was named the MVP of UCLA's NCAA Regional last weekend. 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 currently leads the Pac-10 and NCAA Division I with a .460 season attack percentage and a 1.97 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 All-America honor, having earned third-team recognition last season.
Spicer, a sophomore setter from Barrington, Ill., has piloted the Bruins to a team .274 attack percentage, a mark that ranks 15th among all NCAA Division I teams. Her individual average of 13.66 assists per game is second in the Pac-10 and eighth 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. This is Spicer's first AVCA All-America honor.
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 and at UCLA's NCAA Regional last weekend. This is Carter's first All-America honor.
UCLA is currently 33-3 on the season and the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA will play in the first NCAA Semifinal match on Thursday at 6 pm CT (4 pm PT) against top seed Nebraska, a match that will be televised live on ESPN2. This is UCLA's first final four appearance since the 1994 season and the Bruins 33 wins matches the program's best win total since a 33-1 record and NCAA runner-up finish in 1992.