1996 Women's Volleyball

1996  Women's Volleyball

Hall of Fame:

Women's Volleyball

Members: Alyssa Bellevue `99, Kimberly Ann Blankinship `97, Lydia Day Cordova `00, Krista Lambly Del Colliano '00, Tracy Holman Duffey `98, Nelly Weglarz Fullard-Leo '98, Karissa Guthrie `97, Jeannette Berta Irmgard Hecker '00, Tate Medley '97, Jessica Olivier `00, Suzanne Radcliffe '97, Sarah Noriega Sulentor `98, Heather Vinck-Brooke '00, Cindy Weglarz '99
Head Coach: Steve Stratos
Assistant Coaches: Larry Smoot & Erika Stevens

The 1996 LMU women's volleyball team posted the most successful season in program history when they reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Lions managed a 26-3 overall record that year, won the third of four consecutive WCC titles, and notched their second straight undefeated conference season. LMU defeated UC Santa Barbara in the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament before advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Pacific Regional Semifinals, where they dropped a tightly-fought match to Washington State. The Lions ultimately finished the campaign ranked ninth nationally in the AVCA coaches poll. Five players earned All-WCC selection including Kim Blankenship (first team), Tracy Holman (first team), Sarah Noriega (first team), Karissa Meith (second team) and Cindy Weglarz (honorable mention). Blankenship was also named WCC Player of the Year and an AVCA All-Region selection along with Holman and Noriega. Head Coach Steve Stratos earned his third straight WCC Coach of the Year honor, as well as the program's first-ever AVCA District 8 Coach of the Year award.