Senior Christina Higgins was named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team.
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Higgins Named to Preseason All-Pac-12 Team

Senior Was Second Team All-American Last Season
By Cal Athletics on Wed, August 06, 2014

BERKELEY – Cal senior opposite hitter Christina Higgins has been named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Higgins, an AVCA Second Team All-American last season, was one of 15 players named to the team, which was determined by a vote of Pac-12 head coaches.

Higgins, who was also an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection last season, set career-highs in 2013 by averaging 3.52 kills per set and hitting for a .292 percentage. Her kill average ranked ninth in the conference and was second among opposite hitters.

The Pac-12 introduced a preseason all-conference team last season for the first time and this marks the second year in a row the Bears have been represented. Last season, outside hitter Adrienne Gehan earned the honor.

The Bears, who went 18-13 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, open the 2014 season on Aug. 29 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the Air Force Tournament. Along with Higgins, Cal returns starting middle blockers Lara Vukasovic and Lillian Schonewise as well as libero Maddy Kerr, who was a member of the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. The Bears also have the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation according to PrepVolleyball.com.

 

PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12 TEAM

Inky Ajanaku, Stanford

Liz Brenner, Oregon

Samantha Bricio, USC

Madi Bugg, Stanford

Jordan Burgess, Stanford

Macey Gardner, Arizona State

Christina Higgins, Cal

Kyra Holt, Washington State

Brittany Howard, Stanford

Madi Kingdon, Arizona

Karsta Lowe, UCLA

Kaleigh Nelson, Washington

Ebony Nwanebu, USC

Taylor Simpson, Colorado

Krista Vansant, Washington

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