Nov. 26, 1997
USC Dominates Pac-10 Awards
LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's volleyball team, currently ranked eighth in the nation, raked in a slew of honors in the past week. The Pac-10 made its awards announcements on Tuesday (Nov. 25) and USC dominated the release.
Coach Lisa Love was named Co-Head Coach of the Year (with Stanford's Don Shaw), outside hitter Antoinette Polk was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic were named to the All-Pac-10 first team. Love guided her team to its sixth 20-plus-win season in her 9 years at USC and the Women of Troy's 21-5 regular-season finish was its best mark since 1984.
Polk, who redshirted last year, established herself as a starting outside hitter early in the season and got better with every match. She is currently third on the team in both kills (211) and digs (206). Marinkovic, who received Pac-10 first team honors for the second consecutive year, leads USC with a blistering .406 hitting percentage and is second in kills (398), kills per game (4.37) and blocks per game (1.52). She has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times and AVCA National Player of the Week once.
Kessy, who received All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors last year, leads USC in kills (408), kills per game (4.39), service aces (22) and digs (304). She has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week once this year. Senior outside hitter Jeanne Vetter and junior setter Janice Mounts both were given All-Pac-10 honorable mention nods and freshman outside hitter Kashi Cormier was an All-Freshman Team honorable mention pick. Mounts leads USC with 1162 assists and her 88 blocks are good for third on the team. For her career, Mounts has 2,603 assists, good for fourth on USC's all-time list. Vetter and Cormier have 104 kills apiece as the pair has shared the opposite hitter position all year. Vetter has hit a career-high .238 this year.
Additionally, junior middle blocker Alaina Kipps was named a GTE/CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America first team selection as well as a Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection. She carries a 4.00 GPA in psycho-biology and leads USC in total blocks (153) and blocking average (1.63). Both numbers are currently good for second place all time on USC's season charts. USC will find out its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday (Nov. 30) at 3:30 p.m.