After having a breakout 2013 campaign, Arizona junior outside hitter Madi Kingdon was named honorable mention on the AVCA All-America Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
Kingdon is the first member of the Wildcats to earn All-America honors since Kim Glass (first team) and Jennifer Abernathy (third team) in 2005.
Kingdon was named AVCA All-Region last week and the All-Pac-12 Team earlier this month.
She finished the season with 508 kills on the season — the sixth-most in Arizona single-season history. She now has 1,312 kills for her career — already sixth on the school’s all-time kills list with another season to go.
- Third-seeded Washington (30-2) will face second-seeded Penn State (33-2) in the NCAA volleyball semifinals today at Key Arena in hometown Seattle.
The first semifinal features defending champion Texas (27-2) against No. 12 seed Wisconsin (27-9). The winners will play for the championship on Saturday night.
Washington is making its fourth trip to the semifinals under coach Jim McLaughlin, who was named Pac-12 coach of the year.
UA track and field
Barrett, Lalang finalists but lose out on Bowerman
Former Arizona Wildcat Brigetta Barrett and current UA senior Lawi Lalang were beaten out Wednesday for The Bowerman award, presented to collegiate track and field’s most outstanding male and female athletes for the year.
Barrett, a high jumper, and Lalang, a distance runner, were among the three women’s and three men’s finalists. Barrett was a finalist for the second straight year.
The winners were 100-meter hurdler Brianna Collins of Clemson and high jumper Derek Drouin of Indiana. The other finalists were Kori Carter (Stanford, 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles) and Julian Wruck (UCLA, discus).
ASU offensive coordinator now deputy head coach
TEMPE — Arizona State has promoted offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to deputy head coach.
One of the top young assistants in college football, Norvell had been mentioned as a possible candidate for numerous head coaching jobs, but Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham pushed hard to keep him in the desert.
Norvell, 32, has led an offense that amassed more than 12,000 yards and 1,000 points in two seasons, most in a two-year span at Arizona State since 1972-73.
This season, the Sun Devils set a school record by scoring 50 points six times, and their offense finished ninth in scoring and 29th in total offense.
Arizona State won 10 games this season and will face Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.
- The Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco will make history with two female officials this year.
The game between BYU and Washington on Dec. 27 will be called by a crew from Conference USA that includes Sarah Thomas as line judge and Maia Chaka as head linesman.
NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding says it is the first time two female officials have worked the same FBS game
Pima women’s basketball
Brown leads Aztecs
Jayla Brown shot 6 for 6 and scored 17 points Wednesday night to lead the Aztecs to a 73-49 victory over visiting Western Texas College to close out the Bruce Fleck Classic.
Brown made five three-pointers and led a game-changing 11-0 run for Pima (8-7).
With the score tied at 20, Brown hit two of her three-pointers to put the Aztecs up 26-20. That began the 11-0 run that eventually made the score 31-20.
Alicia Jones scored 15 points and had eight rebounds, and Raja Moreno-Ross added 10 points and eight rebounds. Felicia Foster had 10 points and five assists.
Becker to coach Djokovic
MONACO — Novak Djokovic is turning to Boris Becker for help in 2014.
The second-ranked Serb said Wednesday that Becker will join his staff for next season as head coach.
“He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge, and his experience will help me win new trophies from the Grand Slams and other tournaments,” Djokovic said in a statement. “Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way.”
Becker, 46, a six-time Grand Slam champion, will travel with Djokovic and other coaches to tournaments, including next month’s Australian Open.