Khalia Lanier and Elise Ruddins Named to All-Pac-12 Team|
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Nov. 28, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's volleyball senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) and freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) were each named to the 2016 Pac-12 All-Conference Team on Monday, Nov. 28. Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford (Laguna Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) was chosen for all-conference honorable mention. Lanier was also selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
The selections of Ruddins and Lanier push USC's all-time total to 71 all-time All-Pac-12 certificates awarded to 37 different Women of Troy. Including all-conference selections preceding the Pac-12, Trojans now hold 94 all-league recognitions since 1977. Lanier's selection to the all-freshman team is the program's 31st, which ranks second among Pac-12 schools only to Stanford's 37.
The Pac-12 honored Washington State's Jen Greeny as its Coach of the Year; Washington's Courtney Schwan as the Player of the Year; Stanford's Kathryn Plummer for Freshman of the Year; Penina Snuka from Arizona as the Setter of the Year; and UCLA's Taylor Formico as the Libero of the Year.
Ruddins was an honorable mention as a junior. This season, she has led the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.421) and ranks ninth in the conference for blocks (1.12 bps). She set new career highs for hitting percentage (.688 at Rice, Sept. 10), blocks (nine at Rice), and points (25.0 vs. Oregon State, Nov. 19) this season; and had the most kills (23 vs. Oregon State) by a USC middle blocker since 2003 (Emily Adams). Ruddins was named the MVP of the Rice Adidas Invitational I tournament and received All-Tournament Team honors at two other pre-conference tournaments.
Lanier is the only freshman to rank in the Pac-12's top five for kills (4.01 kps, 3rd) and points (4.44 kps, 3rd). She has produced 15 double-doubles this season and had career highs of 27 kills (at WSU, Nov. 23), 71 attacks (at UCLA, Nov. 26), and 18 digs (at Colorado (Sept. 30). Lanier was named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Week on Oct. 17 and was chosen to each of the Trojans' four pre-conference all-tournament teams including MVP honors at the Radisson Classic tourney.
Ford was an honorable mention selection as a freshman and was also a member of the 2015 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. She has served as one of USC's primary passers this season and is second on the team in scoring (296.0 points) and kills (2.69 kps). She also ranks fourth for digs (2.03 dps) and has served eight aces for the Trojans this year.
The Women of Troy (18-13, 10-10 Pac-12) finished the regular season in a tie for seventh place in the Pac-12 and were selected to the NCAA tournament for the 26th consecutive year (34th overall). USC will face Hawai'i in the first round on Friday (Dec. 2) at 4:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. PT) at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn., on the campus of second-seeded site host Minnesota.
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