Stanford's Oden Player of Year in Volleyball

Associated Press

Kim Oden of Stanford was named Player of the Year, and Mike Hebert of Illinois was named Coach of the Year in Division I women's volleyball, it was announced Saturday.

The Division I championship game between Stanford and University of the Pacific will be played here tonight at 8 EST.

The awards were based on voting by the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches of America.

Hebert coached the Illini to a 39-3 record this season, the highest victory total among Division I schools. Illinois was ranked as high as eighth nationwide en route to its first NCAA tournament appearance.

Oden, a 6-2 senior from Irvine, Calif., was named earlier as Player of the Year in the Pacific Athletic Conference. She was joined on the Division I All-American first team by Stanford teammate Wendi Rush and her younger sister Elaina, whom she will oppose in the title game against UOP.

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