Four Lady Red Hawks earn All-Cal Pac volleyball honors

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - California Pacific Conference champion Holy Names took the four of the top individual honors and placed two players on the all-conference women's volleyball first team, Commissioner Don Ott announced on Nov. 9.

Senior outside hitter Ashley Nickell captured the Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Nickell along with teammate Samantha Miller made the first team. Holy Names finished 16-9 overall and a perfect 10-0 in Cal Pac conference play. The Hawks won every single set in conference play. The Hawks won the conference championship for the second year in a row.

Joining the Holy Names duo on the first team ballot were Menlo's Amanda Sutter, Pacific Union's Casey Miller, Simpson's Kirsten Duren, UC Merced's Valeria Martinez and William Jessup's Hannah Baldwin. Every single student-athlete nominated this season received at least one vote for the first team.

Libero of the Year went to Holy Names' Kayla Coleman for the second consecutive year, Newcomer of the Year was shared between Menlo's Camille Miller and Pacific Union's Calai Brown, the Freshman of the Year is Kathleen Murusich of Holy Names and the Coach of the Year is Holy Names' Dwight Combs for the second consecutive year.

  • Player of the Year - Ashley Nickell, Holy Names
  • Coach of the Year - Dwight Combs, Holy Names
  • Libero of the Year - Kayla Coleman, Holy Names
  • Newcomers of the Year - Calai Brown, Pacific Union and Camille Miller, Menlo
  • Freshman of the Year -  Kathleen Marusich, Holy Names

First Team

Hannah Baldwin William Jessup 5’10” JR OH/RS Colfax, CA
Kirsten Duren Simpson University 5’3” JR S/L Ripon, CA
Valeria Martinez UC Merced 5’10” FR OH/MB Madera, CA
Casey Miller Pacific Union 6’0” SR OH/MB Windsor, CA
Samantha Miller Holy Names 5’11” SR OH San Bruno, CA
Ashley Nickell Holy Names 6’0” SR OH Modesto, CA
Amanda Sutter Menlo 5’10” SR OH Orangevale, CA

Second Team

Kayla Coleman Holy Names 5’10” SR LIB Turlock, CA
Sara Hickenbottom William Jessup 6’3” FR MH Shingle Springs, CA
Stephenie Monderine Menlo 5’9” JR OH San Clemente, CA
Kathleen Marusich Holy Names 6’0” FR OH Benicia, CA
Jackie Nixon Simpson University 5’11” SR RS Modesto, CA
Cashel White Simpson University 5’10” SR OH Fallbrook, CA
Rachel Vartanian Holy Names 6’2” SO MB/OH Sacramento, CA

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

    Story courtesy of the California Pacific Conference

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