Dec. 15, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - UCLA senior libero Chrissie Zartman and senior setter Krystal McFarland were named AVCA All-Americans today. Zartman was named Second-Team All-America, while McFarland was named a Third-Team All-American. They are UCLA's first All-Americans since Kristee Porter earned first-team honors in 2000. This marks the first time since 1994 that the Bruins have had multiple All-American honorees in a single season (Annett Buckner/1st team, Alyson Randick/2nd team).
During her four-year UCLA career, Chrissie Zartman (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) obliterated every digging record in UCLA and Pac-10 history, and climbed high on the NCAA's career digs lists. This season, Zartman's 708 digs is a new UCLA and Pac-10 record, and ranks fifth for digs in a season in NCAA history under the current scoring format. She averaged 5.90 digs per game, which ranks fourth in NCAA Division I history under the 30-point scoring format. Her 2,064 career digs is a new UCLA and Pac-10 record and ranks fourth in NCAA history, while her 4.46 digs per-game average is a Pac-10 record for a completed career, and ranks fifth in NCAA history. She is a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, and this is her first AVCA All-America award.
Setter Krystal McFarland ranks fourth in UCLA history with 3,671 career assists despite playing as a full-time setter for just two full seasons at UCLA. The Ventura, Calif., native came to UCLA as an outside hitter but was converted to the setter position during her true freshman year in 2000 and during her redshirt season in 2001. McFarland split time at setter in a 6/2 offense for head coach Andy Banachowski's Bruins during the 2002 season, then became the team's full-time setter in a 5/1 system in 2003 and '04. An Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region selection this season, McFarland earns her first career All-America honor.
UCLA (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10 4th place) advanced to last Saturday's NCAA Regional Final in Seattle, Wash., before falling to the host Washington Huskies in five games. The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship is taking place this weekend at the Long Beach Arena. Semifinal matches are Thursday, December 16, and the NCAA Championship match is on Saturday, December 18.