The strength of this year’s CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino is the one-two middle blocker punch of sophomore Brenna McIntosh and junior Tori May and both were recognized as Daktronics All-West Region selections, as deemed by the region’s sports information directors.
McIntosh was named to the first team and May to the second team. The honors were announced Dec. 3, and add to the CCAA individual recognition they and two other teammates earned (see below).
McIntosh, who last season was a second-team honoree, proved there would be no such thing as a sophomore jinx as she set two match records this season on consecutive matches – attack percentage (.933 14 kills, no errors, 15 attacks) and block assists (15) on the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The first-team All-CCAA selection ranks first in solo blocks (43), first in total blocks (149), first in blocks/set (1.30), second in block assists (106) and third in hitting percentage (.351) in the CCAA.
May, who transferred from Division I Colorado State, played an equally impressive regular season for the Coyotes. She also was a first-team All-CCAA choice and ranks second in hitting percentage at .365, 11th in both block assists (75) and total blocks (90) in the CCAA. She also was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree.
The 14th-ranked Coyotes (25-5 overall) play host to this week’s NCAA West Regional tournament. They take on Central Washington in Thursday’s opening round.
First serve is 7:30 p.m. and all seven matches this weekend will be played in The Den as Coussoulis Arena personnel are preparing for Fall graduation ceremonies Saturday morning.
BYU-Hawaii setter Ying Chun Chen was voted player of the year for the second year in a row.
Joining Ying Chun Chen on the West Region first team was teammate Shih Ting Chen. The outside hitter earned first-team honors for the third year in a row.
The only other first team repeater from a year ago was Western Washington middle blocker Kayla Erickson. WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson also earned first-team honors.
Completing the first team with McIntosh were Cal State Monterey Bay outside hitter Julie Ashen, and Cal State L.A. outside hitter Iona Lofrano.
Sonoma State and Chico State each placed two players on the second team. Representing the Seawolves are outside hitters Caylie Seitz and Kelsey Hull. Named to the team from Chico State were outside hitter Alex Shurtz and setter Torey Thompson. Last year Shurtz was a first-team selection.
Completing the second team are middle blocker Andrea Terpstra of Northwest Nazarene, libero Brittany Lombardi of UC San Diego and setter Taylor Dillard of Western Washington.
Players selected to the region first team will be listed on the Daktronics All-American national ballot. The All-American team will be announced Dec. 11.
The All-American team is sponsored by Daktronics Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA – the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of Association.
Coyotes take home hardware in CCAA honor squads
CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino claimed four slots on the All-CCAA squads and took home a co-coach of the year honor, the conference office announced Nov. 27.
The four Coyotes continues the program’s streak of at least four members making an all-conference team for 13 straight years.
Leading the way on the first team is the middle blocker tandem of junior Tori May and sophomore Brenna McIntosh. Earning slots on the second team are junior libero Arielle McCullough and freshman OH Alexandra Torline.
May ranks second in hitting percentage at .365, 11th in both block assists (75) and total blocks (90) in the CCAA. She was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree.
McIntosh has been a stalwart all season long for the Coyotes, who make their 14th consecutive NCAA appearance next week at home in the NCAA West Regional. She ranks first in solo blocks (43), first in total blocks (149), first in blocks/set (1.30), second in block assists (106) and third in hitting percentage (.351).
She also was a two-time conference player of the week.
McCullough has been a dynamo at her libero position as she established the school record for digs (583), which ranks second in the conference. She also is fourth in digs/set.
Torline leads the Coyotes in points (397.5), points/set (3.7), kills (353) and kills/set (3.30).
Cherniss is this year’s co-Coach of the Year along with Sonoma State’s Bear Grassl. It marks her sixth confernce honor in her 23-year career — all at CSUSB.
McIntosh, McCullough and Torline are all repeat selections.
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