Dec. 12, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Carly Wopat was tabbed a first team pick and freshman Inky Ajanaku was an honorable mention honoree when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-America selections today.
The selections bring Stanford's total AVCA All-America award count to 70 honors spread over 29 players. Wopat was an honorable mention pick in 2011. Ajanaku is the ninth Cardinal freshman to earn All-America honors.
Wopat, a middle blocker from Santa Barbara, Calif., was an All-Pac-12 pick and finished the season in the top-10 in the conference in hitting percentage (.399) and blocks per set (1.45). She registered double-digit kills in 18 matches and hit .400 or better in 16 this season. In four NCAA Tournament matches, she hit .397 and averaged 3.31 points and 1.46 blocks per set. A two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week this season, Wopat was the Stanford Invitational MVP and selected to the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic and Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational all-tournament teams.
Ajanaku, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was an All-Pac-12 Conference selection and a member of the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team. She registered a .374 hitting percentage and 1.23 blocks per set, ranking in the top-10 in the conference in both categories. A two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (10/15 & 10/29), she started in 26 matches for the Cardinal this season. She hit .400 or better in 13 matches with a career high of .647 at Saint Mary's on Sept. 15. She recorded double-digit kills in 16 matches. In four NCAA Tournament matches, she hit .411 and tallied 3.50 points and 1.69 blocks per set.
Stanford finished the season with a 30-4 overall record and advanced to the Berkeley Regional Final, where it fell to Michigan. The Cardinal won the 2012 Pac-12 championship, made its 32nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and reached a regional final for the seventh time under head coach John Dunning.