Dec. 17, 1999
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Stanford's Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, CA/Archbishop
Mitty HS) has been named the National Women's Volleyball Co-Player of
the Year announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Walsh shares the honor with Penn State's Lauren Cacciamani. Walsh is
Stanford's second AVCA National Player of the Year, following Bev Oden's
selection in 1990. The Cardinal have had a total of four National
Players of the Year as former Cardinal players Kristin Klein and Cary
Wendell each received the honor from Volleyball Magazine.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Kerri Walsh," stated Stanford head
coach Don Shaw. "She's as good an all-around player as there is in
collegiate volleyball today. She's been so valuable to our team in so
many ways throughout her career. It's nice to see her get recognized for
all her efforts and accomplishments."
"Words can't describe how great I feel about this," added Walsh. "I am
truly honored. Winning this honor was truly a surprise. I was not
expecting it, but I am glad I can bring it home to Stanford."
Walsh, one of only two players in the history of collegiate volleyball
to be named AVCA first team All-Americans for four seasons, has had an
incredible career on the Farm. Her teams have won a pair of NCAA titles
and four Pac-10 championships. Stanford's record with Walsh on the club
is an amazing 122-10 (.924). Walsh has twice been named Pacific-10
Player of the Year (1998, 1999) and recently earned Most Outstanding
Player honors at the 1999 Pacific Regionals.
Walsh is the Pac-10's active career leader in kills (1542), attack
percentage (.362), digs (1276) and total blocks (498). She ranks among
Stanford career leaders in digs (3rd), blocks (4th) and kills (5th).
This season, she currently leads the Cardinal in digs (3.15 dpg), while
ranking second on the club in kills (3.26 kpg), as well as third in
attack percentage (.358) and blocks (1.33 bpg).
The Cardinal will attempt to win its third national championship during
Walsh's era and its fifth overall when second-ranked Stanford squares
off with top-ranked Penn State on Saturday, December 18 (7:00 p.m., PST)
in Honolulu, HI.