School Records • Career Record for most kills (2,008) • Career Record for kills per game (4.56) • Single-Season Record for kills per game (5.10, 2006)
Honors & Awards • 2006-07 Honda-Broderick Cup Winner • 2008 NCAA Today’s Top VIII Recepient • 2007-08 Nebraska Female Student Athlete of the Year • 2008 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship • Four-time First-Team AVCA All-American (2004-07) • Two-Time ESPN the Magazine VB Academic All-American of the Year (2006-07) • Three-Time, First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American (2005-07) • Two-Time Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year (2006-07) • Three-time Big 12 Player of the Year (2005-07) • Four-Time First-Team AVCA All-Central Region (2004-07) • Four-time First-Team All-Big 12 (2004-07) • 2006-07 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year (University Division) • 2006-07 Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year • 2006 Honda Award for Volleyball Winner • 2006 AVCA National Player of the Year • 2006 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player • Two-Time NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2005-06) • Two-Time AVCA National Player of the Week • 2004 AVCA National Freshman of the Year • 2004 AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year • Four-Time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team (2004-07) • Eight-Time Big 12 Player of the Week • Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2005-07) • Two-Time AVCA National Player of the Week • 2007 Holiday Inn Downtown Classic MVP • 2007 AVCA Showcase MVP • 2006 Ameritas Players Challenge MVP • 2005 Nebraska Invitational MVP • 2004 Big 12 Freshman of the Year • Two-Time Players Challenge All-Tournament Team • 2004 First National Bank/Arby’s Classic All-Tournament Team • 2007 Holiday Inn Downtown Classic All-Tournament Team • 2007 AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team
2007: Senior The reigning Honda-Broderick Cup winner and AVCA National Player of the Year, Sarah Pavan (pronounced pav-INN) wrapped up one of the most decorated players in NCAA volleyball history • Became Nebraska’s most recent NCAA Today’s Top VIII winner in January of 2008 • Joined the Stanford trio of Bev Oden (1989-92), Kerri Walsh (1996-99) and Logan Tom (1999-02) as the only four-time, first-team AVCA All-Americans in NCAA history • Holds school records for most career kills (2,008) and kills per game (4.56), finishing her career ranked fourth in kills in Big 12 history • Guided Nebraska to a 126-7 record over the last four seasons with four Big 12 titles, two NCAA finals appearances and the 2006 NCAA title • Led Nebraska to a 30-2 record in 2007, including 11 wins over ranked opponents • Three-time Big 12 Player of the Year averaged 4.83 kills, 1.90 digs and 0.49 service aces per game, ranking first in the Big 12 in kills, and points per game and second in service aces • Totaled six double-doubles on the season and has 22 career matches with at least 20 kills • Finished with a team-high 16 kills in the NCAA Regional final against California on Dec. 9 • Totaled 15 kills on .481 hitting, eight digs and three blocks in a sweep of Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 1 • Finished Big 12 action leading the league in kills (4.95), aces (0.58) and points (5.95) while hitting .356 to rank seventh in that category • Shined in the regular-season finale against Texas Tech on Nov. 24 wth 18 kills on .640 hitting and tied her career high with five aces • Established a career high with five service aces and added 10 kills and three blocks in a sweep at Baylor on Nov. 21 • Dominated Texas A&M with a match-high 20 kills on .350 hitting, 10 digs and a pair of aces on Nov. 14 • Selected as the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 5, averaging 5.30 kills on .363 hitting, 2.40 digs and 5.95 points per game in a pair of wins. • Totaled 31 kills - the most by a Husker since 2004 -on .375 hitting and 10 digs in NU’s comeback at No. 12 K-State on Nov. 3 •-Picked up her third double-double of the year against Missouri on Oct. 31 with 22 kills and 14 digs, as her digs were one off her career high • Totaled a match-high 17 kills at No. 5 Texas on Oct. 24 • Became NU’s all-time kills leader against Kansas on Oct. 20, as she totaled 17 kills on .406 hitting against the Jayhawks to break three-time All-American Allison Weston’s school record of 1,778 career kills • Totaled a match-high 18 kills on .516 hitting and four blocks at Missouri on Oct. 13 • Recorded a match-high 16 kills on .351 hitting and two blocks against No. 25 Oklahoma on Oct. 13 • Led NU with 18 kills on .361 hitting and nine digs in a sweep of Iowa State on Oct. 10 • Totaled a match-high 16 kills on .364 hitting and five blocks in NU’s sweep of No. 17 Kansas State on Oct. 3 • Collected her second double-double of the year against Texas A&M on Sept. 22, finishing with 12 kills and 10 digs • paced NU to a sweep of No. 7 Texas on Sept. 12, delivering a team-high 17 kills on .520 hitting. • Selected as the MVP of both the AVCA Showcase and the Holiday Inn Downtown Classic • Was dominant in a sweep of No. 17 Cal Poly on Sept. 3, finishing with 17 kills on .485 hitting against the Mustangs • Chosen as the AVCA National Player of the Week on Aug. 27, totaling 39 kills on .385 hitting in a pair of wins • Tallied a match-high 25 kills, 12 digs and three blocks in a win over No. 5 UCLA on Aug. 25 • Graduated with a degree in biochamistry from Nebraska in May of 2008, finishing her career with a perfect 4.00 GPA.
2006: Junior Pavan enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons in school history after leading the Huskers to an NCAA title • Became Nebraska’s first-ever Honda-Broderick Cup winner and was named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year for the 2006-07 season • Swept every national player-of-the-year honor, including the Honda Sport Award, AVCA and Volleyball Magazine honors • Led the Big 12 in kills (5.10) and points per game (5.98), while hitting .313 on the season • Ranked sixth in service aces (0.34/gm) and also averaged 1.50 digs and 1.00 blocks per game • Finished the year ranked 10th nationally in kills per game and reached double figures in kills in 33 of NU’s 34 matches, including 10 matches with at least 20 kills • Set Nebraska’s single-season record for kills per game (5.10), eclipsing the record set by U.S. Olympian Nancy Metcalf (5.09, 1999), while her 586 kills ranked as the second-best total in school history • Named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship, averaging 5.50 kills and 2.88 digs per game in victories over No. 4 UCLA and No. 2 Stanford • Totaled 22 kills on .378 hitting, a season-high 13 digs and three blocks in the NCAA championship match against Stanford on Dec. 16 • Reached 1,000 career kills in 236 games, the fastest by any Husker in history, bettering the previous best of 238 games by Metcalf • Named to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament team after totaling 35 kills and four aces in two matches, including 20 kills and three aces in the regional final against No. 9 Minnesota • Topped the Huskers with 23 kills on .528 hitting, a career-high four aces and eight digs in a sweep of Baylor on Nov. 18 • Totaled 23 kills on .588 hitting and three aces in a sweep of Texas A&M on Nov. 15 • Led NU with a season-high 24 kills on .321 hitting and eight digs in a win at Iowa State on Nov. 8 • Led NU with 22 kills, including six kills on 10 swings in game five, of NU’s win at No. 9 Texas on Oct. 18 • Recorded a match-high 16 kills on .467 hitting, eight digs and four blocks in a sweep of No. 15 Missouri on Oct. 11 • Matched her season high with 24 kills and added a pair of aces at Baylor on Sept. 30 • Named MVP of both of NU’s tournaments and was chosen as the Big 12 Player of the Week on Sept. 11, after averaging 6.70 points, 5.90 kills (.409 hitting percentage) and 2.30 digs in the Ameritas Players Challenge • Totaled her first double-double of 2006 against Minnesota on Sept. 10 with 23 kills on .426 hitting and 11 digs • Had one of the best matches of her career against Long Beach State on Sept. 9, totaling 24 kills on .400 hitting against the 49ers, including eight kills on eight swings in the opener • Selected MVP of the Nebraska Invitational, hitting .457 and averaging 5.67 kills and 1.56 blocks per game.
2005: Sophomore Pavan was one of the nation’s top performers, earning AVCA first-team All-America honors for the second straight year • Tabbed the Big 12 Player of the Year after averaging 3.82 kills, 1.24 blocks, 1.66 digs and 0.31 aces per game • Ranked among the conference leaders in hitting percentage (.357, seventh), kills (seventh), blocks (1.24, 10th) and points per game (fifth, 4.79) • Reached double figures in kills 31 times, including a season-high 22 in a win over No. 12 Missouri on Nov. 13 • Totaled four double-doubles, including a triple-double of 11 kills, 11 blocks and 10 digs against Pepperdine on Sept. 9, the first triple-double by a Husker outside hitter since Nancy Metcalf in 1999 • Hit .400 or better 13 times, including the national semifinal against Santa Clara (11 kills on .500 hitting) and the championship match against Washington (16 kills on .429 hitting) • Hit a career-high .667 with 14 kills on 21 swings at Baylor on Nov. 16 • Selected to the NCAA Omaha Regional All-Tournament Team, as she averaged 4.17 kills and 1.50 blocks per game in wins over No. 14 UCLA and No. 4 Florida • Was named Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 4.25 kills on .406 hitting, 1.50 digs and 1.12 blocks per game in wins over Texas A&M and No. 12 Missouri • Totaled a season-high 22 kills, six blocks and two aces against No. 12 Missouri on Nov. 13 • Matched her career high with four aces against Oklahoma on Nov. 2 • Had 12 kills on .478 hitting in a sweep of No. 4 Penn State on Sept. 11, as she was selected to the Players Challenge All-Tournament Team • Nearly recorded a double-double at No. 12 Ohio State with nine kills on 19 swings, a career-high 12 blocks and three aces on Sept. 2.
2004: Freshman Pavan more than lived up to the expectations of being the nation’s top recruit, turning in arguably the best freshman season in school history • Became the first freshman to earn first-team AVCA All-America honors since Logan Tom in 1999 and the first-ever Husker named AVCA National Freshman of the Year • Set single-season freshman marks in kills (481) and kills per game (4.54), becoming only the second freshman in school history to lead NU in kills and kills per game (Eileen Shannon, 1989) • Topped NU in kills 21 times, including seven matches with at least 20 kills • Played many of her best matches against NU’s toughest opponents, as she averaged 5.08 kills per game on .316 hitting against ranked foes • Set the NU postseason record for kills (35) and attacks (90) in a five-game loss to USC in the NCAA Louisville Regional Final, as her 35 kills were the fifth-highest total in school history and the most by a Husker in the rally scoring era • Named AVCA National Player of the Week after averaging 5.83 kills on .455 hitting, 1.83 blocks and 1.17 digs per game in wins over No. 11 Texas and No. 18 Texas A&M • Had 15 kills and nine blocks against the Longhorns • Earned Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors after totaling 39 kills in sweeps of No. 25 Colorado and No. 11 Texas A&M, including 23 kills on .500 hitting against the Aggies • Recorded her first career double-double with 24 kills and a season-high 15 digs against Florida A&M on Sept. 10 • Totaled 24 kills, four blocks and a pair of aces in a victory at Baylor on Oct. 23.
High School Pavan was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit and considered the top high school recruit in the 2004 class • Was a member of the Canadian National Team program, making her Senior National Team debut at the 2003 World Grand Prix in Italy at the age of 16 • Starred for the Canadians at the NORCECA Zone Olympic Qualifying Tournament in December of 2003, leading Canada to the semifinals • Was dominant at the 2004 NORCECA Continental Championships, leading the tournament with 100 points to pace Canada to a fourth-place finish • Named MVP of the 2002 NORCECA Championships, including a 24-kill performance against the U.S. Youth National Team • Played for her father, Paul, at Forest Heights Collegiate Institute, leading her team to three provincial championships (2002-04), four regional titles and county titles (2001-04) • Named the 2003 and 2004 Waterloo County MVP • Played club volleyball for the Waterloo Tigers, which were also coached by her father, winning five straight Ontario Volleyball Association championships • Also played basketball, where she was a two-time Waterloo County All-Star and earned first-team honors as a senior, and badminton at Forest Heights Collegiate Institute • Named to the honor roll all four years, as she boasted a 93 percent grade average • Chose NU over Stanford, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State • Mother (Cindy) played on the Canadian National Team in 1978 and 1979.