Dec. 1, 2004
The Big Ten Conference office announced today honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Pam Kavadas of Iowa, was honored for this award along with as Erin Virtue of Illinois, Katie Pollom of Indiana, Erin Cobler of Michigan, Griffin of Michigan State, Meredith Nelson of Minnesota, Lauren Greenwood of Northwestern, Briana McCarthy of Ohio State, Tabitha Eshleman of Penn State, Daren Poe of Purdue and Jill Odenthal of Wisconsin. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
Kavadas, a 5-6 senior libero, holds the single match record with 41 digs in a win over Georgia State on September 10, 2004. She compiled 1,536 digs in her four-year career, which ranks third on Iowa’s all-time dig list. Kavadas also played in every game at Iowa with a total of 422.
The Big Ten also announced that Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon was the Player of the Year and Minnesota’s Paula Gentil was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Kate Price of Penn Sate was recognized as the Freshman of the Year and Jim Stone was honored by Big Ten coaches and the media as the Coach of the Year.