Jan. 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The women's volleyball team held their annual banquet on Sunday, Jan. 27 at which the 2007 team awards were handed out.
Junior Nellie Spicer was named Team Most Valuable Player and Best Setter. The two-time, first-team All-American led the Bruins, was third in the Pac-10 and 25th in the nation with 12.92 assists per game. She was also fourth on the team in digs at 3.07 digs per game.
Senior Rachell Johnson took home two awards, earning Best Server and Best Hitter honors. Johnson had 45 service aces on the season, averaging out to 0.28 per game. The All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection also led the team with a .291 hitting percentage.
On the defensive side of the ball, juniors Jade Machado and Jessica Fine were named Best Passer and Best Digger, respectively. Machado was second on the team with 386 digs, averaging 3.19 digs per game. Fine posted a team-best 3.75 digs per game and set a school record for digs in a four-game match with 33 against Pepperdine.
Two freshmen garnered team awards, as Katie Mills was named Best Blocker and Dicey McGraw earned Best Newcomer honors. In just her first season, Mills led the Bruins in blocks per game at 1.45, finishing third among all Pac-10 players. McGraw averaged the most kills of any freshman with 2.57 per game, with her and Mills both receiving Pac-10 All-Freshman Team accolades.
Other Bruins to receive honors were senior Meghan Schoen for the highest in-season grade point average, junior Ali Daley as the Best Conditioned Athlete and sophomore Diana Douglas as the Most Improved Player.
The Bruins completed their season with a 23-11 record, posting their ninth-straight 20-win season and their fourth Regional final appearance in the last five years.
Over the last five seasons, UCLA's average NCAA finish (5.40) is second-best in the nation, behind only Nebraska (4.40). The Bruins had nine victories over ranked teams and finished seventh in the final AVCA poll.
UCLA also set a new single-season record for digs per game with 19.46, besting the old mark set in 2004 by more than a dig and a half.