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SCIAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2017 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women's Volleyball teams were announced Monday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.

Senior opposite hitter Margaux Arntson of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was named the 2017 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after pacing the Athenas to a 15-1 record in conference play and the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Tournament.

Arntson, a two-time Second Team All-SCIAC honoree as a first-year and a sophomore, registered 153 kills (3.26 per set), and a superb .353 hitting percentage during league action this season en route to earning Athlete of the Year and first-team all-conference praise. A model of consistency for CMS, the Puyallup, Wash. native floored double-digit kills in nine conference matches this season, including 23 in a five-set tilt with Chapman on Sept. 23. A force at the net, Arntson also contributed 33 assisted blocks, including a season-high six against both La Verne and Chapman in the first two SCIAC matches of the season. 

Ashley Whittall – a first-year outside hitter from Whittier – was tabbed as the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year. Whittall was a major contributor in her first season with the Poets downing 189 kills (3.20 per frame), while also collecting 119 digs (2.02 per set). Against Occidental on Oct. 14, Whittall floored 22 kills, averaging 4.40 per set, and also notched 14 digs. She reached the double-digit kills mark in 11 conference matches this season, and tallied 10-or more digs four times, including 16 against La Verne (Oct. 3). For her efforts, Whittall was also voted Second Team All-SCIAC.

CMS head coach Kurt Vlasich and his staff earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the first time since 2014, and the second time in his tenure at the helm of the Athenas. Vlasich paced CMS to an impressive 23-5 overall record during the 2017 regular season, and a 15-1 leger in SCIAC play. Under his guidance, the Athenas have dropped just nine sets against their conference rivals.

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Margaux Arntson
Ashley Whittall
Kurt Vlasich
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Margaux Arntson CMS Sr. OPP Puyallup, Wash. 
Marisa Rojo La Verne Sr. OH Hacienda Heights, Calif. 
Hope Stewart Cal Lutheran Sr. OH Oxnard, Calif. 
Makenzie Thieme Whittier Jr. OH Corona, Calif.
Lauren Friend Chapman Jr. MB Kirkland, Wash. 
Melanie Moore CMS Fy. MB San Mateo, Calif.  
Clara Madsen CMS Sr. S Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Mikena Werner  CMS Sr. L Irvine, Calif. 
Kristen Sanchez La Verne Jr. L Alta Loma, Calif. 
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Molly Holloway Cal Lutheran Sr. MB Lakewood, Calif. 
Shelbi Stein CMS Sr. OPP Laguna Hills, Calif. 
Ashley Whittall Whittier Fy. OH Norwalk, Calif. 
Kylie Cooke Chapman Sr. OH La Habra Heights, Calif. 
Camryn Purdom Whittier So. S Moreno Valley, Calif. 
Claire Strohm Occidental Sr. OH/OPP Denver, Col.  
Amanda Roberts Cal Lutheran Jr. OH Grass Valley, Calif. 
Isabel Kelly Pomona-Pitzer So. OPP/OH Pacific Palisades, Calif. 
SCIAC All-Sportsmanship Team
Name Institution Year Hometown
Christine Yu Caltech Fy. Fremont, Calif. 
Stephanie Rolfson Cal Lutheran Jr. Valley Center, Calif. 
Courtney Justus Chapman Jr. San Diego, Calif. 
Mariah Rigg CMS Sr. Honolulu, Hawai'i  
Mireya Rojo La Verne So. Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Lara Minassians Occidental Fy. Glendale, Calif. 
Jessica Finn Pomona-Pitzer Sr. Beaverton, Ore. 
Savannah Casey Redlands Fy. Encinitas, Calif. 
Alexis Mills Whittier Sr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.