SCIAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2018 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. 

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps's (CMS) junior setter Phoebe Madsen was named the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after guiding the Athenas to a 15-1 record in conference play, and the number one seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament.  

Madsen totaled 495 assists in conference play during the 2018 regular season, averaging 8.68 helpers per set. She also served up a second-best 29 aces in conference play and notched 156 digs (2.74 digs per frame). Madsen's 495 assists and 8.68 assists per set ranked second amongst league setters in SCIAC play. During the year, the First Team All-SCIAC setter registered seven double-doubles against conference competition including a season-high 61 assists and 22 digs in a 3-2 loss to California Lutheran (Oct. 12). 

Sophie Srivastava of Chapman was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after helping the Panthers to a 10-6 ledger in SCIAC play and the third seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. The first-year setter/right side hitter smashed 164 kills (2.69 per set), dished out 335 assists (5.49 per frame), and amassed 154 digs (2.52 per set) against league competition this fall. For her efforts, she was also named a First Team All-SCIAC setter. 

The 2018 Character Award went to Caltech's Sakthi Vetrivel. Sakthi has been the Beavers' team captain for three years and is one of the team's best players. She has been the Caltech Student Body President for two years, had summer internships at Microsoft twice, and is responsible for attracting the majority of our talent to select Caltech as a place to study and play volleyball. The Redmond, Wash. native is that Caltech has built the program around and who they hope future student-athletes will emulate. She is an outstanding representative of the SCIAC and NCAA Division III athletics.

The CMS coaching staff, led by head coach Kurt Vlasich, earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, and third time overall since 2014. Vlasich paced the defending national champion Athenas to a 24-3 overall record during the 2018 regular season, and a 15-1 mark in SCIAC play for the second straight season. Under his watch, CMS has dropped just 11 sets all season to league rivals. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Character Award SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Phoebe Madsen
Sophie Srivastava
Sakthi Vetrivel
Kurt Vlasich
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Phoebe Madsen CMS Jr. S Santa Barbara, Calif.
Kelsie Sievers La Verne Sr. OH Apple Valley, Calif.
Amanda Walker CMS Jr. OH Newport Beach, Calif.
Amanda Roberts Cal Lutheran Sr. OH Grass Valley, Calif.
Melanie Moore CMS So. MB San Mateo, Calif.
Maci Haddad  Cal Lutheran Fy. MB Bakersfield, Calif.
Sophie Srivastava Chapman Fy. S Belmont, Calif.
Kristen Sanchez La Verne Sr. L Alta Loma, Calif.
Jessi Lumsden Chapman Fy. OH Carlsbad, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Makenzie Thieme Whittier Sr. OH Corona, Calif.
Sarah Tritschler CMS Jr. L/DS Los Altos, Calif.
Madison Maynes La Verne Jr. S Rialto, Calif.
Lauren Friend Chapman Sr. MB Kirkland, Wash.
Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong Pomona-Pitzer Jr. MH Falls Church, Va.
Steph Rolfson Cal Lutheran Sr. S Valley Center, Calif.
Julia Zwaal Pomona-Pitzer Sr. OH Monterey Park, Calif.
Haley Celaya La Verne Fy. OH Covina, Calif.