SCIAC All-Conference Volleyball Honors

SCIAC All-Conference Volleyball Honors

2014 SCIAC VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

SCIAC Athlete of the Year:  Allie Frappier, Senior, Pomona-Pitzer College

The 2014 SCIAC All-Conference Athlete of the Year is senior Allie Frappier of the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. A transfer from Yale University in 2013 Frappier set the school record for kills in a match (40) and is second all time in kills in a season (507). The outside hitter continued her dominance on the court leading the nation in Division III in 2014 with 453 kills for a 5.39 per set average while hitting .301 overall on more than 1,000 swings. Her achievements helped the Sagehens to a 19-9 record heading into the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. She has been named to the All-Tournament teams at the Pacific Coast Classic and La Verne Invitational and has had a season-high of 32 kills twice, including against nationally ranked Trinity (Texas). Garnering both 2013 First-team AVCA All-American and SCIAC Player of the Year the psychology major attends Pomona College.

SCIAC Newcomer of the Year:  Mariah Rigg, Freshman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

Freshman middle blocker Mariah Rigg of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earns SCIAC Newcomer of the Year honors and earned a spot on the SCIAC All-Conference second team in 2014. The Honolulu, Hawaii native led the Athenas at the net with 73 total blocks (.77 per set), including four solo stops. As a unit, CMS is hitting .235 with 1372 kills (13.45 per set), 1308 assists (12.82 per set), 1836 digs (18.00 per set), 169 blocks (1.66 per set) and 162 aces (1.59 per set).

SCIAC Coach of the Year:  Kurt Vlasich, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

Kurt Vlasich began coaching at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Volleyball in 2002 and quickly became a fixture as the Athenas head assistant coach for nearly a decade. Over the next nine seasons, Vlasich helped build a team that made significant improvements from year to year, and finished in 2010 with an overall record of 18-11 and a 3rd place finish in SCIAC. In 2011, Vlasich was named interim coach of the CMS Volleyball program, and guided the CMS Athenas to a 19-11 record overall with a 10-4 conference record helping CMS make the SCIAC conference playoffs. In 2012, Vlasich was named Head Coach for CMS and 2012 saw similar production for the CMS Volleyball program finishing with a 17-10 overall record and a tie for 4th place in the SCIAC conference with Occidental College. Vlasich has been an important part of the CMS Volleyball Program and entered 2013 with a young and talented roster hoping to finish at the top of the SCIAC standings once again.  In 2013, the CMS program finished with its best record in program history with a record of 25-7.  The CMS program made the NCAA tournament in 2013 where they made it to the second round. CMS also managed to stay in the AVCA top 25 national rankings for the duration of the 2013 season.  In 2013, Kurt Vlasich was named the AVCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year.

The 2014 honors to Vlasich include the Coach of the Year nomination and votes by fellow SCIAC coaches. It is his knowledge of game strategy and systems as well as his ability to impart confidence in his athletes while teaching the game that the SCIAC coaches feel exemplifies his character.