Dec. 15, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Stanford women's volleyball players Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) and Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS) have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Walsh, a senior opposite hitter, becomes just the second player in the history of collegiate women's volleyball to be named first team All-American for four consecutive seasons. Tom, an outside hitter, is the only freshman on the 12-player squad, which features nine seniors.
Second-ranked Stanford and top-ranked Penn State are the only schools with two players on the team.
Walsh, a strong candidate for the AVCA's National Player of the Year award announced this Friday, has had an incredible career on the Farm. The Cardinal have won a pair of NCAA titles and are just two victories away from a third during Walsh's tenure. Walsh's teams have also been in the Final Four three times and have won four Pac-10 championships. Stanford's record with Walsh on the club is an amazing 121-10 (.924). Walsh has twice been named Pacific-10 Player of the Year (1998, 1999)
Walsh is the Pac-10's active career leader in kills (1528), attack percentage (.362), digs (1268) and total blocks (495). She ranks among Stanford career leaders in digs (3rd), blocks (4th) and kills (5th). This season, Walsh is fresh off earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the Pacific Regionals. She currently leads the Cardinal in digs (3.16 dpg), while ranking second on the club in kills (3.22 kpg), as well as third in attack percentage (.356) and blocks (1.34 bpg).
Logan Tom has made a huge impact on women's collegiate volleyball in her rookie season, establishing herself as one of the top players in the country and a leading candidate for Volleyball Magazine's National Freshman of the Year honors. Tom has already been selected Freshman of the Year by the Pac-10 and in the AVCA's District 8. She was recently one of three Cardinal players selected to the 1999 Pacific Regional All-Tournament team. Earlier in the season on October 25, Tom became the first Cardinal since Kerri Walsh in 1996 to earn the AVCA's National Player of the Week honors after leading Stanford to crucial wins over then #3 Pacific and #2 Hawaii.
Statistically, Tom ranks first on the team and second in the Pac-10 in kills (4.56 kpg) as well as service aces (0.45 sapg). She is also second on the team in digs (2.65 dpg). She has already posted 20 or more kills six times in her young collegiate career, including a career-high 26 versus Oregon State on October 1 and identical totals of 24 kills in crucial Pac-10 wins versus UCLA (11/5/99) and at Arizona State (11/12/99).
The entire 1999 AVCA Division I All-American teams can be found at www.avca.org.