CINCINNATI, Ohio---Senior Bonita Wise (Riverside, Calif./John W. North) headlines a list of four University of Cincinnati volleyball players named to the All-Conference USA Team on Thursday. In addition, senior Trish Ladusaw (Louisville, Ohio/Assumption) was awarded an unprecedented third straight C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honor, also earning a spot on the all-conference second team.
Joining the two seniors on the list of honorees are sophomore Julie DuPont (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) on the second team and junior Laura Lauder (Louisville, Ky./Presentation) on the third team.
Wise was named to the All C-USA first team for the third straight year and claimed her fourth overall appearance on the all-conference squad. She ranks second in C-USA in hitting percentage (.345) and third in blocks per game (1.08). On four occasions this year, Wise has registered at least eight kills with zero errors, while posting 10 matches hitting at least .400. In 1999, Wise was honored as the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
Ladusaw added to a long list of career accolades with her third straight Defensive Player of the Year award, as well as her third all-conference mention. She leads C-USA and ranks seventh nationally with 4.81 digs per game. This season, Ladusaw became the conference?s all-time leader in digs and moved into the top-five in NCAA history in the same category. Last weekend, she became just the eighth player to accumulate 2,000 career digs and has 2,006 to her credit.
DuPont is a first time all-conference performer, after being named to the conference?s all-freshmen team last year. She leads the Bearcats in kills per game with 5.20, ranking fifth in C-USA and 15th nationally. This season, DuPont has led the Bearcats in kills in all but three of their 27 matches and has posted 11 double-doubles. She becomes the 13th different player in program history to be named to an all-conference team.
Lauder garnered her second straight all-conference mention, after being named to the second team last year. She leads C-USA in assists per game with 13.33, ranking 11th in the nation. This season, Lauder became the school?s all-time leader in assists with 4,173 and is listed seventh on the conference?s career assists chart. In 2000, Lauder earned the C-USA Freshman of the Year award, also earning a spot on the conference?s all-freshmen squad.
The Bearcats open C-USA Tournament play as the third seed on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Cincinnati will face the winner of the sixth-seeded Charlotte versus 11th-seeded Memphis matchup.