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.
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|First Team All-SCIAC|
|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|
|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|
|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.|