Dec. 10, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior middle blocker Anna Cmaylo was rewarded for her tremendous season on the court as she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region team, it was announced Wednesday. It is her third time being named to the list. Both previous times Cmaylo moved on to earn All-America accolades.
The Napa, Calif., native received her first postseason award of the season as she was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team. Cmaylo led the Broncos with 106 blocks and a 37.6 hitting percentage. The middle blocker 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 was second in hitting percentage, third in blocks, eighth in points and aces, and ninth in kills.
For her career, Cmaylo is No. 1 in block assists (399); No. 2 in Hitting PCT (.365); No. 3 in total blocks (449); No. 3 in block average (1.12); No. 9 in kills (1,247); and No. 9 in kill average (3.11 k/s).
Cmaylo was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII third team earlier season as she has a 3.42 grade-point average as a political science major. Off the court, Cmaylo serves as president of Santa Clara's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is actively involved with community service efforts. Last season, despite not being on the court, she helped her fellow Broncos raise over $3,000 for "Dig For The Cure," a national fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The 2008 AVCA All-America teams will be announced next week.
The Broncos end the 2008 season with an 18-10 overall record. Santa Clara made its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and reached the second round for the fourth time in program history. SCU was one of five West Coast Conference teams selected to advance to the postseason and the only team to advance to the second round. Santa Clara is 11-14 in NCAA Tournament action.