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CWU Jr. Named AVCA All-American

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

Schurman, a 6-foot middle blocker, also previously earned first team all-AVCA Division II Pacific Region and first team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors 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 (honorable mention, 2006), Crystal Ames (third team, 2005), LeAnne McGahuey (third team, 2004; second team, 2005), as well as former CWU setter Kate Reome (third team, 2004) as All-American 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.

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