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Stanford's Tom is Player of Century in women's volleyball

 

Stanford women's volleyball alumna Logan Tom was named the Pac-12 Player of the Century, as announced Monday night when the Pac-12 Networks revealed the Pac-12 All-Century Women's Volleyball roster on 'Pac-12 Sports Report'.

The Cardinal is well-represented on the all-century list with a conference-best nine players named to the 16-member squad, which was broken down by setters (4), middle blockers (3), outside hitters (8) and libero (1).

Stanford all-century representatives are: Foluke Akinradewo (middle blocker, 2005-08), Kristin Folkl Kaburakis (outside hitter, 1994-97), Kristin Klein Keefe (outside hitter, 1988-91), Ogonna Nnamani Silva (outside hitter, 2001-04), Bev Oden (middle blocker, 1989-92), Kim Oden (middle blocker, 1982-85), Lisa Sharpley Vanacht (setter, 1994-97), Logan Tom (outside hitter, 1999-02) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (outside hitter, 1996-99).

Tom is one of the most accomplished players in indoor volleyball history, having appeared in four Olympic games and winning two silver medals (2008 and 2012). A member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame, Tom was Stanford's fifth four-time AVCA All-American, leading the Cardinal to two Pac-10 titles and the 2001 NCAA Championship.

The Salt Lake City product is a two-time AVCA National Player of the Year and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year. She won the Honda Award for volleyball as a junior and senior, and was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team on three occasions, including the MVP in 2001.

The list, compiled as part of the Pac-12's centennial celebration, represents five different decades and is comprised of Olympians in indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball. Voting was conducted by a panel of former and current coaches, players and members of the media.

Akinradewo is the seventh four-time AVCA All-American in school history and was a two-time National Player of the Year (2007 AVCA; 2008 Volleyball Magazine). She won the Honda Award for volleyball in 2007 and finished her career with the best hitting percentage ever recorded by a Division I player (.446). She was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year and 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was a 2012 Olympic silver-medalist.

Folkl Kaburakis was Stanford's third four-time AVCA All-American and a three-time national champion (1994, 1996, 1997). She led the Cardinal to four Pac-10 Championships and is the only player in program history to be named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team four times.

She won the Honda Award for volleyball in 1997 and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year that season, in addition to being the 1994 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She was a four-time all-conference selection, a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame and played three years on the U.S. National Team.

Klein Keefe was Stanford's first four-time AVCA All-American and the 1991 Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year. She led Stanford to the 1991 Pac-10 Championship and a fifth-place national finish. She was the 1991 Pac-10 Player of the Year, a four-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection, the 1988 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and played five years on the U.S. National Team, competing in the 1996 Olympic Games, in addition to being a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Nnamani led Stanford to two national titles (2001, 2004) and was the sixth four-time AVCA All-American in program history. She was the 2005 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year (Honda-Broderick Cup), a three-time Final Four All-Tournament Team selection, including the MOP in 2004. Nnamani was the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a four-time all-conference pick. The 2001 national freshman of the year still holds the Pac-12 and school record in career kills (2,450). She was a three-time Academic All-American, including the 2004-05 Academic All-American of the Year, and was a 2004 and 2008 Olympian -- winning a silver medal in Beijing -- in addition to being a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bev Oden led Stanford to its first NCAA title in 1992. She was the second four-time AVCA All-American in program history, the 1990 AVCA National Player of the Year and Pac-10 Player of the Year. She won the Honda Award for volleyball in 1990 and was a four-time all-conference selection. She still holds the school record for single-match kills with 41, and was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team and is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Kim Oden was Stanford's first women's volleyball All-American, recognized by Volleyball Magazine in 1982. She was a two-time Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year and led Stanford to four NCAA Final Four appearances and two conference championships. She won the Honda Award for volleyball as a senior and was named AVCA Player of the Decade for the 1980's. A three-time conference player of the year and four-time all-conference selection, Oden was a 1984 Academic All-American and still holds Stanford's career (665), single-season (208) and single-match (16) block records. A two-time Olympian (1988, 1992), Oden is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sharpley Vanacht was a three-time AVCA All-American who helped lead Stanford to three NCAA titles. She won four Pac-10 titles and helped the team compiled a record of 125-8 during her four years. She was twice named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. Her 4,288 career assist total still stands fifth in the Stanford record books. She was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Walsh Jennings was Stanford's fourth four-time AVCA All-American and led the Cardinal to a pair of national titles (1996, 1997) and four Pac-10 titles. She was the AVCA Co-National Player of the Year (1999) and twice was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. She was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year and four-time all-conference selection, in addition to being the 1996 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She remains in the top 10 in career digs (1,285), blocks (502) and hitting percentage (.358) at Stanford in addition to being a four-time Olympian (indoor 2000), winning three gold medals on the beach (2004, 2008, 2012). She also is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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