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CWU's Schurman is First Team All-Conference in Volleyball

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington University junior Rachael Schurman (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) has been named to the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball first team, the conference office announced Monday. Two teammates, sophomore Erin Norris (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) and senior Erika Stevens (Fairbanks, Alaska/Lathrop HS), received honorable mention recognition.

Schurman, who received honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore in 2006, received the first team all-conference nod after leading Central Washington with 4.03 kills per game, a .342 hitting percentage, 1.29 blocks per game, and 4.98 points per game. She ranked among the top five in the GNAC in all four statistical categories, including a number two ranking in hitting percentage and a third-place ranking in blocks and points.

Norris joined Schurman among the Wildcats' leaders on offense and blocking at the net during her sophomore campaign in 2007. She ranked third on the team in kills (2.87 kpg) and second in blocks (1.11 bpg), while also setting a school record and leading the GNAC with 70 total service aces on the season.

Stevens also had a record-setting campaign, leading Central Washington in the back row. Stevens finished her senior campaign with a school-record 538 digs -- 95 more than the previous single-season record-holder -- and became the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career digs. She finished fourth with 1,070 career digs.

Libero Courtney Schneider of Western Washington was named the GNAC Player of the Year, while Western's Diane Flick received Coach of the Year honors. Other specialty awards went to Western Oregon's Kayla Mainer (Newcomer of the Year), Seattle's Jamie Mellies and Seattle Pacific's Joelle Perez (co-Freshman of the Year).

Central Washington won five of its final six matches of the 2007 season to wrap up the year with a 13-14 overall record. The Wildcats finished in a tie for third place in the final GNAC standings with a 12-6 league mark. Stevens and Bree Brandt (Bellingham, Wash./Meridian HS) are the only two departing seniors from the 2007 squad.

2007 GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Player of the Year: Courtney Schneider, Sr., Western Washington

Coach of the Year: Diane Flick, Western Washington

Newcomer of the Year: Kayla Mainer, Jr., Western Oregon

Co-Freshmen of the Year: Jamie Mellies, Seattle, and Joelle Perez, Seattle Pacific

FIRST TEAM

Outside Hitter: ++*Alyssa Given, Sr., Seattle Pacific; Kayla Mainer, Jr., Western Oregon. Middle Blocker: +Cammy Dranginis, So., Northwest Nazarene; Rachael Schurman, Jr., Central Washington; Tiana Roma, Jr., Western Washington. Setter: Katie Robinson, Sr., Western Washington. Libero: Courtney Schneider, Sr., Western Washington.

+ Repeater ... ++ Two-time repeater ... * Unanimous

SECOND TEAM

Outside Hitter: Jaime Anderson, Sr., Western Washington; Devon Crotteau, So., Montana State Billings; Lindsay Forseth, So., Northwest Nazarene; Nikole Thompson, Sr., Seattle. Right-Side Hitter: Stacey Bennett, Jr., Western Oregon. Setter: Allison James, Sr., Northwest Nazarene. Libero: Claire Carpenter, Sr., Western Oregon.

HONORABLE MENTION

Outside Hitter: Shealun Campisi, So., Saint Martin's; Erin Norris, So., Central Washington; Emily Castro, Sr., Western Washington; Megan Thigpen, So., Alaska. Right-Side Hitter: Angie Wodrich, Sr., Seattle Pacific. Middle Blocker: Alicia Cazemier, Sr., Montana State Billings; Korlyn Bolster, Jr., Alaska; Rachel Biornstad, Sr., Seattle Pacific; Angie Alvord, Jr., Western Washington. Setter: Amy Herron, So., Western Oregon; Joelle Perez, Fr., Seattle Pacific. Libero: Erika Stevens, Sr., Central Washington.

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