Larsen, Wing named to the All-West team

December 12, 2002

UC Irvine senior middle blocker Rebecca Larsen and sophomore

outside hitter Kelly Wing were named AVCA All-West Region honorable


Larsen and Wing helped UC Irvine post a 19-11 overall record for

its second-highest number of victories in school history. The

Anteaters also finished with a 10-8 Big West Conference record, the

first winning record in 19 years of Big West action for the



Both Larsen and Wing were Big West Players of the Week and earned

first team All-Big West Conference honors, giving UCI more than one

honoree for the first time.

The pair also rewrote the UCI records this season. Larsen set new

marks in match hitting percentages, taking over the top three spots

in three consecutive matches (.877, .786, .778), while Wing became

UCI's all-time season kill leader (584), surpassing current AVP pro

Ali Wood (491).

Larsen and Wing were also ranked nationally over several weeks.

Larsen climbed from 13th to first in hitting percentage in a little

over a month. She ended the regular season as the nation's best in

hitting percentage. Wing entered the NCAA's Top 30 in kills per game

in mid-September and ascended as high as sixth before finishing the

season at No. 10.

UCI's last all-region honoree was two-time second-team selection

Popi Edwards (1993 and '94) and the honor is the first for both

Larsen and Wing.

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