IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge, Tri-Champions of the Big West, had four players as well as Head Coach Jeff Stork honored as the conference announced the 2013 All-Big West teams on Monday.
Stork, who guided the Matadors to their first Big West Conference crown, was named Co-Coach of the Year alongside UC Santa Barbara's Nicole Lantagne Welch. Stork, who was also the conference's Coach of the Year in 2011, has led CSUN to a 23-6 overall record this season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his 12 years. With 23 regular season wins, the 2013 Matadors have matched the 1994 CSUN squad for third-most wins in the school's Division I era.
Three CSUN players were named to the first team led by three-time selections Sydney Gedryn and Casey Hinger. Natalie Allen was also named to the first team for the second time in her career while Mahina Haina was named honorable mention for the third consecutive season.
Gedryn, a senior setter from San Jose, Calif., has 1,093 assists this season (10.31 aps) which ranks fourth among Big West setters. Gedryn has directed the Matador offense to a .268 hitting percentage, the second best mark in the conference while also proving to be one of the top blockers in the Big West. She ranks third among CSUN blockers this season with 93 total blocks, giving her 362 in her Matador career.
Hinger, a junior middle from Fullerton, Calif., joins Gedryn as the only three-time first team honorees on this years team. The team leader in kills (329), kills per set (2.86), hitting percentage (.327), blocks (122) and points (415.0), Hinger proved to be one of the conference's top all-around players this season. In addition to serving 18 aces, she also added back row responsibilities midway through the 2013 campaign and wound up with 139 digs, an average of 1.21 digs per set.
Allen, a junior opposite from Murrieta, Calif., bounced back from a season-ending injury last season to add to her impressive list of career accolades in 2013. An honorable mention and All-Freshman pick in 2010, she earned first team plaudits in 2011 before missing most of the 2012 season. This year, she ranks second to Hinger in kills with 326 while hitting .283 on 784 swings. A solid two-way player, Allen ranks second to libero Kelcie Randazzo with 312 digs (2.71 dps) while also recording a team-high 14 double-doubles.
Haina, who will close her CSUN career as one of the schools all-time kill leaders, ranks third this season with 305 kills while averaging 2.75 kills per set. The senior outside hitter from Honolulu, Hawai'i heads into the NCAA Tournament first round match against Colorado State with 1,165 career kills, the sixth-best total in the 38-year history of Cal State Northridge women's volleyball. She also ranks fourth in CSUN history with 3,312 career attacks.
"Congratulations to the four players that received the nod," said Stork. "It's always an honor to be selected by the coaches to be on an all-conference team but the way that I've always presented it to the team is everyone top to bottom has been critical to our success this season. We wouldn't be where we are without all 15 players, our job is not really done as a team yet but it's certainly nice to get recognition for the work that we've done."
Cal State Northridge has now had multiple players named to the All-Big West Team in 11 of its 13 seasons as a member of the conference.
2013 Big West Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Emily Hartong, Hawai'i
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Ali Spindt, UC Santa Barbara
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Nicole Lantagne Welch, UC Santa Barbara
Ali Spindt, OH, UC Santa Barbara
Leah Sully, OH, UC Santa Barbara
Mita Uiato, S, Hawai'i
Phoebe Grunt, MB, UC Santa Barbara
Mahina Haina, OH, Cal State Northridge
Katie Quinn, MB, UC Davis
Aly Squires, OH, UC Irvine
Jade Vorster, MB, Hawai'i
Jenny Woolway, S, UC Davis
- GO MATADORS -