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Women's Volleyball - Wed, Nov. 9, 2011

UC Merced freshman Valeria Martinez was named First Team All California Pacific Conference, commissioner Don Ott announced today.  Martinez was slected by the opposing coaches who recognized the versatility of the 5'10" Madera South High graduate.  She was the only freshman selected to the all conference first team.  Also recognized for their efforts were UC Merced teammates Bridgette Mayes and Alexandra Curtis who were selected Honorable Mention.

Joining Martinez on the first team ballot were Holy Names University's Ashley Nickell and Samantha Miller, Menlo's Amanda Sutter, Pacific Union's Casey Miller, Simpson's Kirsten Duren, and William Jessup's Hannah Baldwin.

Cal Pac league champion Holy Names took the top spot with four individual honors.  Senior outside hitter Ashley Nickell captured the Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Nickell, a senior outside hitter from Modesto, was recruited to Holy Names University by current Bobcats coach, Allen McCreary, while he was the Head coach at Holy Names.

For the second consecutive year, the Libero of the Year went to Holy Names' Kayla Coleman (Turlock, CA), another one of coach McCreary's recruits to Holy Names Univeristy.

Coach of the Year honors went to Holy Names' Dwight Combs.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:                    Ashley Nickell, Holy Names
COACH OF THE YEAR:                     Dwight Combs, Holy Names
LIBERO:                                              Kayla Coleman, Holy Names
NEWCOMER:                                     Calai Brown, Pacific Union and Camille Miller, Menl

 

FIRST TEAM

Name

School

Ht.

YR

Pos.

Hometown

Hannah Baldwin

William Jessup

5-10

JR

OH/RS

Colfax, California

Kirsten Duren

Simpson

5-3

JR

S/L

Ripon, California

Valeria Martinez

UC Merced

5-10

FR

OH/MB

Madera, California

Casey Miller

Pacific Union

6-0

SR

OH/MB

Windsor, California

Samantha Miller

Holy Names

5-11

SR

OH

San Bruno, California

Ashley Nickell

Holy Names

6-0

SR

OH

Modesto, California

Amanda Sutter

Menlo

5-10

SR

OH

Orangevale, California

 

SECOND TEAM

Name

School

Ht.

YR

Pos.

Hometown

Kayla Coleman

Holy Names

5-10

SR

LIB

Turlock, California

Sara Hickenbottom

William Jessup

6-3

FR

MH

Shingle Springs, California

Stephenie Monderine

Menlo

5-9

JR

OH

San Clemente, California

Kathleen Murusich

Holy Names

6-0

FR

OH

Benecia, California

Jackie Nixon

Simpson

5-11

SR

RS

Modesto, California

Cashel White

Simpson

5-10

SR

OH

Fallbrook, California

Rachel Vartanian

Holy Names

6-2

SO

MB/OH

Sacramento, California

 

Honorable Mention:

Holy Names: Mariah Christensen, Cheyenne Hambey; Menlo: Jessica Atthowe, Angie Larsen, Mika Mendoza, Camille Miller, Briana Moreno,; Pacific Union: Calai Brown, Jenna Glantz, Melissa Yong, Brita Widmer; Simpson: Jamie Pickett; UC Merced: Alexandria Curtis, Bridgitte Mayes; William Jessup: Molly Collins, Lauren Koons