Five Stanford women's volleyball players have been named to the All-Pacific North Region teams, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today. Senior Carly Wopat, junior Kyle Gilbert and sophomores Inky Ajanaku and Madi Bugg were selected to the 14 player team, while sophomore Jordan Burgess received honorable-mention accolades.
Wopat, a two-time AVCA All-American, is one of 14 players in the nation being honored for the third time in their careers. Ajanaku is a repeat honoree and earned AVCA All-America honorable mention in 2012. Bugg, Gilbert and Burgess are being recognized for the first time in their careers. Players named to the all-region teams are now in contention to become 2013 AVCA All-Americans.
Stanford's four first-team selections are the most for the Cardinal since 2007, while its five selections overall is a school record.
Wopat, a middle blocker from Santa Barbara, leads the Pac-12 and ranks 13th in the nation with 1.44 blocks per set. She is second in the conference with a .443 hitting percentage and paces the Cardinal with 3.85 points per set. A three-time all-conference pick, she garnered Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, and became just the third Cardinal player to register 600 career blocks (603).
Ajanaku, who hails from Tulsa, Okla., leads the Pac-12 with a .446 hitting percentage and ranks third with 1.38 blocks per set. On the season, the middle blocker is seventh nationally in hitting percentage and 20th in blocks per set. She nabbed the final AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 and picked up her first career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades (12/2).
Bugg, a native of Apex, N.C., was the Pac-12 Setter of the Year and received honorable mention all-conference. She leads the Pac-12 with 11.83 assists per set, upping that mark to 12.10 in conference matches. She guides a Cardinal offense that leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the nation with a .312 hitting percentage and 14.81 kills per set (8th nationally). Her assists per set average ranks seventh in the nation and she's had two of the Pac-12's seven 60-plus assist outings on the season.
A libero out of Encinitas, Gilbert ranks second in the Pac-12 with 4.99 digs per set. She has amassed 509 digs on the season, ranking fourth on the Cardinal's single season list. She now has 1,375 digs in her career, the fourth-best mark in program history. Against USC on Oct. 30, she tied the school record for digs in a single match with 33.
Burgess, a two-time all-conference recipient as a sophomore, is one of five Cardinal players averaging at least 2.70 kills per set on the season (2.72). The Fort Myers, Fla., native led Stanford in Pac-12 matches with 3.01 kills per set on a .311 hitting percentage. The outside hitter has five double-doubles on the season and is collecting 2.70 digs per set.
Stanford, which swept Hampton and Oklahoma in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, has advanced to the Lexington Regional. The seventh-seeded Cardinal will face No. 10 seed Minnesota on Friday at 4 p.m. The winner of the that match will face either Michigan State or the No. 2 seed Penn State in the Regional Final on Saturday at 1 p.m.