LMU was well-represented on the 2017 West Coast Conference Volleyball All-Academic Team, as six Lions were lauded, including sophomore Emma Johnson who took home a spot on the first team. Kristen Castellanos, Jessie Prichard, Tess Reid, Savannah Slattery and Kekai Whitford all earned honorable mention selections.
Johnson carries a 3.85 GPA as a sophomore psychology major. She played in 23 of LMU’s 29 matches this year, accumulating 122 kills with nine block solos and 69 block assists. Her 78 blocks were second on the team, as she averaged a team-best .98 blocks per set.
Castellanos, one of two LMU seniors, pushes toward graduation sporting a 3.20 GPA as a psychology major. The native of Los Angeles, Calif. led the Lions in digs with 404, averaging 3.74 per set. Castellanos, who also served up 23 aces in 2017, played in every match of her collegiate career (123), and she finishes her Lion career ranked second all-time in digs with 1,571.
Prichard and Reid split time setting the Lion attack this year. Prichard, a health and human sciences major with a 3.67 GPA, led the Lions with 624 assists while averaging 5.78 assists per set. She also served up 24 aces and managed 221 digs. Reid finished the season second on the team in aces at 37, averaging .34 per set. While running the offense, she accumulated 555 assists to average 5.14 per set. On the defensive side of the ball, the studio arts major who carries a 3.43 GPA, posted 189 digs.
Slattery carries a 3.39 GPA as a psychology major. The native of Malibu, Calif. posted 294 kills (2.72 per set) while taking a team-high 859 swings. She also served up 17 aces, posted 228 digs and recorded 43 total blocks. Slattery, who garnered WCC Player of the Week on September 11, amassed four double-doubles over the course of the year.
Whitford, a junior sociology major with a 3.21 GPA, appeared in 26 matches for the Lions in 2017. She served up 17 aces and posted 155 digs, averaging 1.58 digs per set.
San Diego senior and 2017 WCC Player of the Year Kirsten Gengenbacher (3.90 GPA, Communications and Theology & Religious Studies) and Santa Clara senior Kirsten Mead (3.91, Economics) appear on the WCC All-Academic Team for the third time. Three student-athletes make their second consecutive appearance on the squad: Saint Mary’s Lindsey Calvin and Lindsey Knudsen and Portland’s Lauren Naatz.
This season, 24 nominated volleyball student-athletes posted a GPA of 3.50 or better while 10 recorded a mark of 3.75 or higher.
At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to her team.
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