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WCC Places Three on AVCA All-America Teams

Dec. 17, 2008

Once again the WCC was recognized for its highly successful volleyball season, by placing three players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's All-America teams. Santa Clara senior Anna Cmaylo, third team, earned her third annual honor, while Pepperdine senior Julie Rubenstein, third team, and San Diego junior Amy DeGroot, honorable mention, received their first award.

"This is a really amazing honor," said Cmaylo. "I'm so happy to have been recognized for a third time. Coming back from my injury, my goal for the year was to help my team get better. I have to thank my coaches for their support and the opportunities they have afforded me, and my teammates for making my all my seasons in a Bronco uniform memorable ones. This is such a great way to cap off my senior year."

The Napa, Calif., native was named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team for the third time last week and was an All-West Coast Conference First team selection. She becomes just the fifth Bronco in Santa Clara history to earn three All-America honors as men's soccer standout Ryan Cochrane '03, and women's soccer stars Jennifer Lalor '96, Danielle Slaton '00, and Aly Wagner '02 have all received the honor three times as well.

Santa Clara senior Anna Cmaylo earned her third career All-America honor

Cmaylo made a triumphant return to the court this season after sitting out the 2007 season as she recovered from shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker led the Broncos with 106 blocks and a 37.6 hitting percentage. She shattered Santa Clara's 15-year-old career block assists record this season and set the new mark at 399. For her efforts, Cmaylo was twice named the WCC's Player of the Week (Sept. 22 and Oct. 6). In the league, she finished the year ranked second in blocks, third in hitting percentage, eighth in points, and ninth in aces and kills.

Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) ended one of the top careers in school history earlier this month after the Waves' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Long Beach State.

She earned All-West Coast Conference honors in each of her four seasons, including the last three on the first team. She was selected to the AVCA All-Pacific Region first team honors for the first time this season. Rubenstein was also voted Pepperdine's Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 2007-08, is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, a two-time WCC All-Academic selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

She is Pepperdine's first AVCA All-American selection since 2003.

Rubenstein led the WCC in both kills (4.42) and points (5.14) per set in 2008. She finished her Pepperdine career third all-time with 1,743 kills, third with 2,064 points, fifth with 4.12 kills per set and fifth with 116 service aces. Quite impressively, she never missed a set in her four-year career, playing in all 423.

San Diego junior Amy DeGroot capped off a career season with WCC Player of the Year honors and her first AVCA All-American selection

DeGroot (Frenchtown, MT) is coming off an impressive season, in which she was named WCC Player of the Year, by the head coaches in the conference. She had her best season hitting, ending up at .254 clip, highlighted by a 25 kill performance in three sets at Oklahoma earlier in the year. The total was a conference-high for the year in a three set match.

DeGroot led the team in kills with 392 and was second in digs with 231 and finished the year third in the conference in kills per game and points per game.

DeGroot was also named the MVP of both the Aztec Invitational tournament and the USD Tournament. On the season, DeGroot won the conference's player of the week award four times, the most of any player this year.