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CWU's Rachael Schurman makes All-Region Team

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Central Washington University junior Rachael Schurman (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II All-Pacific Region, as announced Tuesday by the AVCA.

Schurman, a 6-foot middle blocker, was also previously named a first team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference performer after leading the Wildcats in nearly every offensive statistical category this fall. She finished her junior campaign with team-high averages of 4.03 kills, 1.29 blocks, 4.98 points per game, and hit at a .342 clip to rank second in the GNAC.

Schurman started all 27 matches this past season, and was the backbone of a Wildcat squad that overcame a 1-8 non-conference start to finish 13-14 overall and in a tie for third place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings (12-6 GNAC record).

Central Washington University has now had at least one student-athlete named to the AVCA all-region first team for four consecutive years. Schurman joins former teammates Kristin Pasley (2006), Crystal Ames (2005), LeAnne McGahuey (2004-05), as well as former CWU setter Kate Reome (2004) as first team all-region selections.

The Wildcats lost just two seniors -- libero Erika Stevens (Fairbanks, Alaska/Lathrop HS) and middle blocker/outside hitter Bree Brandt (Bellingham, Wash./Meridian HS) -- to graduation in 2007.


First Team: Jaime Anderson, Sr., OH, Western Washington; Rebecca Bailey, Jr., OH, UC San Diego; Cammy Dranginis, So., MB, Northwest Nazarene; Sharea Drawn**, Sr., MB, Cal State San Bernardino; Alyssa Given**, Sr., OH, Seattle Pacific; Jessica Granados**, Jr., RS/Opp., Cal State San Bernardino; Sara Hoffman, So., S, Cal State San Beranrdino; Lindsay Macias**, Jr., OH, Chico State; Tiana Roma, Sr., MB, Western Washington; Courtney Schneider***, Sr., DS/Lib., Western Washington; Rachael Schurman, Jr., MB, Central Washington; Vanessa Williams, Jr., MB, Cal Poly Pomona.

Region Freshman of the Year: Hillary Hurley, OH, Hawaii Hilo

Honorable Mention: Erica Brick, Jr., S, Chico State; Meghan Haas, Jr., DS/Lib., Cal State San Beranrdino; Antoinette Kathol, Sr., MB, Cal Poly Pomona; Sara Rice, Jr., MB, Cal State San Bernardino; Kristy Sather, Jr., OH, Sonoma State; Fabiane Seben, So., MB, Hawaii Hilo.

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