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November 29, 1996
Cal State Northridge women's volleyball players Nancy Ma and Getty Dimitrova were unanimous selections to the All-Big Sky Conference team. Dimitrova, a junior middle blocker, led the Matadors with 274 kills and Ma, a sophomore outside hitter, had 273 kills in conference matches. Dimitrova led the the team in blocks with 80 and Ma led with 240 digs in conference. Ma, from China, was named the Big Sky's top newcomer. Northridge senior setter Heather Hofmans was a second-team selection.
March 13, 1988 | IRENE GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't too long ago that Nubia Patricia Orozco, now a resident of El Segundo, was a homesick 16-year-old from Colombia who was unknown in West Coast volleyball circles. After graduation in 1980, Orozco--a volleyball legend in her own country--was sent to the United States for six months to learn English. She stayed with a family friend in Santa Fe Springs and played volleyball for a local club team. Off the court she might have been homesick, but on it she was right at home.
July 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Standout junior volleyball player Zana Muno of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has picked up where she left off last summer _ dominating again in beach volleyball. She has won tournaments in Long Beach and Manhattan Beach. Last summer, she won the AAU's three major national beach tournaments with three different partners. Muno figures to be one of the top college recruits from the class of 2015.  
February 13, 1996 | LON EUBANKS
Rochelle Esparza, the Southern Section Division I most valuable volleyball player this past season, is among four who have signed to play at Cal State Fullerton, Titan Coach Mary Ellen Murchison said Monday. Esparza, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, led Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High to the Southern Section Division I championship. Mira Costa advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament before losing to Stockton St. Mary's. Esparza also plays for the South Bay Volleyball Club.
Walt Ker, one of the most successful women's volleyball coaches in NCAA Division II history, built his success at Cal State Northridge on coaching acumen and the warm, personal relationships he developed with his players. Through the force of his magnetic personality, Ker attracted outstanding athletes to Northridge. He helped them choose their classes, apartments and roommates. He counseled them, often holding long one-on-one meetings after matches.
January 21, 2005 | Peter Yoon, From Times Staff Reports
Cynthia Barboza of Long Beach Wilson was presented with the Gatorade national girls' volleyball player of the year award in a ceremony Thursday at Wilson that included surprise appearances by former award winners Kerri Walsh and Ogonna Nnamani. Barboza won for the second year in a row, making her the first volleyball player to win the award more than once. She joins Marion Jones, LeBron James and Candace Parker as the only athletes in any sport to win it in consecutive seasons.
October 26, 1989 | RAY RIPTON, Times Staff Writer
Daiva Tomkus says that her first name is the Lithuanian word for goddess. It fits her. The 6-foot-1 UCLA senior is Junoesque in stature, and she is a commanding presence on the volleyball court. Mortals have given her countless honors, and her numerous athletic achievements verge on the spectacular.
June 9, 2012
Audrey Young, 89, who was a singer-actress in the 1940s and donated $5 million to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood to create the Billy Wilder Theater in memory of her late husband, died June 1 in Los Angeles. A cause was not given. Her death was announced by the UCLA Film & Television Archives, which calls the theater home. The Billy Wilder Theater was "the right place, the proper place" for a permanent tribute to her husband because of his longtime love of film and art, Young told The Times in 2003.
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