St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 25, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball program was honored with 29 individuals on the University Athletic Association (UAA) 30th Anniversary Volleyball Team highlighted by three-time association Most Valuable Player (1996-98) Jennifer Martz.
Martz is the only three time MVP in league history, and she is joined on the 30th Anniversary Team by Amy Albers, the only other player to garner back-to-back Most Valuable Player honors (1993-94); and Lori Nishikawa, the only other two-time Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989).
The team consists of each student-athlete who was named Most Valuable Player or accumulated five or more points in her career, with two points awarded for All-Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors. In total, 57 individuals were honored.
In 30 years, teams from the UAA have captured 11 national championships with eight runner-up finishes. In 2003, three Association teams advanced to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship Final Four with WashU and NYU meeting in the national final. WashU won six consecutive national championships from 1991-96 and the UAA won three titles in a row from 2007-09 with the Bears capturing the title in 2007 and 2009 and Emory winning its first national volleyball title in 2008.
The 26 additional Bears to earn spots on the 30th Anniversary Team are Erin Albers, Lisa Becker, Kathy Bersett, Amy Brand, Lauren Budde, Meghan Byrne, Jenny Cafazza, Caroline Dupont, Marilee Fisher, Katie Gielow, Stephanie Habif, Brooke Hortin, Audra Janak, Kara Liefer, Kelly Meier, Nikki Morrison, Jackie Nelligan, Kelly Pang, Anne Quenette, Rebecca Rotello, Haleigh Spencer, Diane Stites, Amy Sullivan, Shelley Swan, Colleen Winter and Allison Zastrow.
WashU has won 21 UAA titles in school history – 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.