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All-region volleyball honors for Stanford duo

 

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat have been named to the All-Pacific Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The pair was listed among the top 14 players on Tuesday in arguably the nation's most competitive region.

It is the first career region honors for both Williams and Wopat.

Players listed in the top 14 are now in contention to become 2011 AVCA All-Americans. Eleven of the 14 players selected in the Pacific Region hail from the Pac-12 Conference.

Williams, an outside hitter, led the Cardinal with 4.32 kills per set (fifth in the Pac-12) and 4.96 points per set (fifth in the Pac-12). The Los Gatos native led the conference this season, along with teammate Karissa Cook, with 20 double-doubles and registered eight 20-plus kills matches.

An All-Pac-12 selection, Williams set career highs with 24 kills and 22 digs against Duke in the Stanford Invitational. She was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after wins over Penn State and Florida in the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic. She was named the MVP of the Stanford Invitational and Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic.

Wopat, a middle blocker, led the Pac-12 in blocks per set (1.63), which ranks second nationally. The Santa Barbara native was third in the conference with a .383 hitting percentage.

An All-Pac-12 Conference pick, Wopat was second on the team with 3.16 kills and 4.08 points per set. She earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, becoming the first player to garner both accolades this season. She posted a career high 22 kills versus Cal in the regular season finale, and recorded a career-best 13 blocks against Sacred Heart in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford closed out the year with a 22-8 overall record after tying for fourth place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 15-7 mark. The Cardinal defeated Sacred Heart in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but dropped a four-set match to Michigan in the second round at Maples Pavilion last weekend.

— Stanford Sports Information

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