Womens Volleyball

Menlo players , on NAIA and AVCA teams

Date of competition: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Five Menlo College volleyball players earned national or regional accolades when a number of postseason honors were announced recently.

Seniors Kelsey Bailey, Deborah Bekowies, Sarah Poole, and Stephanie Williamson, and junior Mia Ortiz were each selected for recognition by either the NAIA and/or AVCA.

Bekowies was an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, NAIA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete, and AVCA All-Southwest Region selection for the second straight season.

The senior middle blocker was chosen to the All-California Pacific Conference team for the fourth time and earned the Cal Pac Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

Bekowies' storied career culminates with her at the top of a number of Oaks career records. She is the program's all-time leader in kills, block assists, and total blocks, while ranking second in solo blocks and third in hitting percentage.

Williamson joins Bekowies as a NAIA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete and AVCA All-Southwest Region selection while also earning the NAIA's Champions of Character distinguishment.

Williamson enjoyed a senior season that earned her an All-Cal Pac selection for the second consecutive season. She was also on the 2008 AVCA All-Southwest Region team with Bekowies.

Williamson totaled 734 assists on the season, the fourth best single-season output in Menlo history, while moving to the top of the career list in the same category with 1,175 in just two years as an Oak. Her 82 career service aces ranks sixth all-time with her mark of 50 in 2008 the third highest single-season total.

Poole was selected to the ACVA All-Southwest Region team for the second consecutive season and earned her second straight inclusion on the All-Cal Pac team.

Poole had her best season at Menlo, compiling 91 total blocks - good for fourth in school history - to go with 202 kills. The senior ends her career second in block assists, third in solo and total blocks, and fifth in kills. Poole has four of the 10 best seasons in program history when it comes to total blocks, and her 44 solo blocks in 2009 is the seventh highest single-season total.

Ortiz, Menlo's lone junior honoree, was selected to the AVCA All-Southwest Region team for the first time after leading the team in digs with 299. That total is good for ninth on the single-season list while Ortiz' 41 service aces ranks eighth. An All-Cal Pac selection, Ortiz will enter her senior season ranked fifth all-time in aces and 10th in digs.

posted by Rick on Dec 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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posted by Rick on Dec 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Deborah Bekowies

Sarah Poole

Stephanie Williamson
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