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Six SCIAC Volleyball Players Garner AVCA All-West Region Honors

Six SCIAC Volleyball Players Garner AVCA All-West Region Honors

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The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) had six women's volleyball student-athletes garner AVCA All-West Region honors as announced by the organization, Thursday.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) had four players earn AVCA all-region praise, led by the West Region Player of the Year, Margaux Arntson. Arntson joins teammates Clara Madsen and two-time all-region selection Mikena Werner on the All-West Region team, along with La Verne's Marisa Rojo. Shelbi Stein of CMS, and Makenzie Thieme of Whittier were both named All-West Region Honorable Mention. 

Arntson, the 2017 SCIAC Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC member, helped pace the Athenas to a 25-5 overall record and the SCIAC Tournament championship. Arntson led CMS with 266 kills (3.06 per set) and added a .326 hitting percentage, helping her squad post a 15-1 overall record in league action.

Werner collected her second straight AVCA All-West Region laurel after notching 489 total digs. She has also registered 123 assists and 37 service aces so far in 2017 en route to earning First Team All-SCIAC honors. 

Madsen, also a first-team all-conference honoree, earned all-region praise thanks to her 623 assists and 46 service aces which lead the Athenas this season. 

Rojo led La Verne to an overall record of 18-9 (11-5 SCIAC) and the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament. She led the Leopards with 290 kills, 255 digs, 28 total blocks and 28 assists, and was also named First Team All-SCIAC. 

Stein was named AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention after flooring 182 kills and hitting at a .315 clip during the 2017 campaign. Stein highlighted her efforts by hitting .381 with 19 kills during the SCIAC Tournament en route to securing Most Valuable Player honors. She was also a Second Team All-SCIAC selection. 

Thieme led Whittier (18-9) to a 10-6 record in SCIAC action, and was named First Team All-SCIAC. Despite the Poets not making the conference tournament, Whittier earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Thieme will lead the Poets into postseason action with 335 kills (3.45 per set), 196 digs, and 32 total blocks.