Women's Volleyball Bestows Team Awards

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.

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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 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
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vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
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Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
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 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA