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Women's Volleyball

Big West Announces All-Conference Awards

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11 VB All-Conference Release

11/22/2011

With the announcement of the 2011 Big West Conference women's volleyball annual awards, two schools shared the top honors. Cal Poly's Jennifer Keddy was named 2011 Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Year and Cal State Northridge was represented twice with Casey Hinger tabbed 2011 Big West Women's Volleyball Freshman of the Year and Jeff Stork collecting the 2011 Big West Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year honor.

Aside from pacing the Big West Conference with a 4.06 kill average, Keddy ranked in the league's Top 10 in three categories. The 6-4 middle blocker currently sits third in hitting percentage with a .339 clip and blocks with a 1.22 average. Keddy's 4.85 points per set average ranks first in the Big West and 22nd in the nation. Hailing from Missoula, Mont., Keddy collected three Big West Player of the Week awards this season, with the most recent coming this week after tallying her eighth double-double of the season (16 kills,11 digs). Earlier this season, she became the first Mustang to earn Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) National Player of the Week accolades. She did so back on Oct. 18, after posting a pair of career-highs with 22 kills and 17 digs. Keddy is the second Cal Poly player to earn the Big West Player of the Year award after former Mustang Kylie Atherstone picked up consecutive player of the year honors in 2006 and 2007.

Hinger has definitely been a wonderful addition to the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball roster as the freshman standout led the Matadors with a .288 hitting percentage, placing her ninth in the Big West. She also ranks fourth in the conference with a 1.14 blocks per set average. Her efforts helped Cal State Northridge register one of the most successful seasons in the past decade with a 9-7 league mark to capture third place. The Fullerton, Calif., native grabbed Big West Player of the Week honors, for the week ending Nov. 6, after leading her team to a pair of conference sweeps. Hinger becomes the second Cal State Northridge player to receive Big West Freshman of the Year honors with Angela Hupp receiving the first award for the Matadors back in 2006.

Stork guided Cal State Northridge to one of the most successful volleyball seasons the school has witnessed in recent memory. The Matadors concluded the 2011 Big West Conference season with a 9-7 mark, which is their highest league win total since 2004 when the squad tallied an 11-7 record. The Matadors, which were picked to finish eighth in the Big West in the Coaches Preseason Poll, ended the conference season with sole possession of third place, the highest for a Matador team since the 2003 squad finished tied for second. In his 10th year at the helm, the Matadors also notched their highest overall win total since 2004 with a 15-13 mark. Stork becomes the first Cal State Northridge head coach to receive Big West Womens Volleyball Coach of the Year accolades.

Eight teams were represented on the first team with Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara leading the charge with three selections apiece. The 2011 Big West Champions, Long Beach State, earned two nods, along with Cal Poly, UC Davis and UC Riverside. Cal State Fullerton and Pacific garnered one All-Big West First Team member each.

Eight of the 16 players selected for 2011 All-Big West First Team have all been on the elite list before, with senior Caitlin Ledoux headlining the first team with her fourth-consecutive honor. The outside hitter from Phelan, Calif., becomes just the seventh four-time recipient in conference history and third Long Beach State athlete to earn the same recognition. UC Irvine's Kari Pestolesi was the most recent four-time honoree, grabbing the distinction from 2007-10. Cal State Fullerton's Kayla Neto and UC Santa Barbara's Stacey Schmidt each collected their third honor, while Kristina Graven (Cal Poly), Haliegh Hampton (Long Beach State), Jennifer Keddy (Cal Poly), Betsy Sedlak (UC Davis) and Allison Whitson (UC Davis) each claiming their second first team accolade.
 

2011 ALL-BIG WEST VOLLEYBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Player School Year Position Hometown
Natalie Allen Cal State Northridge Sophomore Opposite Murrieta, Calif.
Sydney Gedryn Cal State Northridge Sophomore Setter San Jose, Calif.
Kristina Graven^ Cal Poly Sophomore Outside Hitter San Jose, Calif.
Haleigh Hampton^ Long Beach State Sophomore Middle Blocker Huntington Beach, Calif.
Casey Hinger Cal State Northridge Freshman Middle Blocker Fullerton, Calif.
Jennifer Keddy^ Cal Poly Junior Middle Blocker Missoula, Mont.
Caitlin Ledoux $ Long Beach State Senior Outside Hitter Phelan, Calif.
Shelby Leduff UC Riverside Junior Outside Hitter Valencia, Calif.
Lily Lopez UC Santa Barbara Senior Middle Blocker Santa Ana, Calif.
Chelsey Lowe UC Santa Barbara Senior Libero Yorba Linda, Calif.
Samantha Misa Pacific Senior Outside Hitter St. George, Utah
Kayla Neto% Cal State Fullerton Junior Outside Hitter Clarksburg, Calif.
Stacey Schmidt% UC Santa Barbara Senior Opposite Huntington Beach, Calif.
Betsy Sedlak^ UC Davis Senior Middle Blocker Pleasanton, Calif.
Amanda Vialpando UC Riverside Junior Outside Hitter Moreno Valley, Calif.
Allison Whitson^ UC Davis Junior Outside Hitter Palo Alto, Calif.
HONORABLE MENTION
Player School Year Position Hometown
Delainey Aigner-Swesey Long Beach State Sophomore Outside Hitter Wrightwood, Calif.
Gabi Dewberry Cal State Fullerton Junior Libero/Settter Greenwood Village, Colo.
Mahina Haina Cal State Northridge Sophomore Outside Hitter Honolulu, Hawaii
Leah Maurer Cal State Fullerton Senior Outside Hitter Mission, Kan.
Jennifer Sanders Pacific Sophomore MIddle Blocker Katy, Texas
Aly Squires UC Irvine Sophomore Outside Hitter Santa Ynez, Calif.
Leah Sully UC Santa Barbara Sophomore Outside Hitter Irvine, Calif.
Jenny Woolway UC Davis Sophomore Setter San Diego, Calif.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM        
Player School Year Position Hometown
Valerie Brain UC Davis RS-Freshman Middle Blocker Glendora, Calif.
Casey Hinger Cal State Northridge Freshman Middle Blocker Fullerton, Calif.
Erin Juley Long Beach State Freshman Setter La Grange, Ill.
Hanna Nielson UC Santa Barbara Freshman Setter Saratoga, Calif.
Megan Reza UC Riverside Freshman Middle Blocker Huntington Beach, Calif.
Alma Serna Long Beach State Freshman Middle Blocker Mission Viejo, Calif.
Katy Tagart Pacific Freshman Outside Hitter San Jose, Calif.
^ Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
% Three-time All-Big West First Team selection
$ Three-time All-Big West First Team selection
2011 Big West Player Of The Year
Jennifer Keddy, Cal Poly
2011 Big West Freshman Of The Year
Casey Hinger, Cal State Northridge
2011 Big West Coach Of The Year
Jeff Stork, Cal State Northridge

 

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