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Caitlin Brenton, Danielle Dahle, Sara McCutchan and Heidi Sierks
Four Tritons Pick Up AVCA All-West Region Accolades
Release: Sunday 12/04/2013 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Four UC San Diego women's volleyball players have been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as its annual all-region selections were announced Wednesday.

Danielle Dahle, Sara McCutchan and Heidi Sierks were named All-West Region, while Caitlin Brenton earned an honorable mention nod.

Dahle, a sophomore outside hitter, leads UCSD in kills, kills/set, points, points/set, attack attempts and receptions. In the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), she ranks eighth in kills and ninth in points. Dahle has posted 15 double-doubles and has totaled 10 or more kills in 23 of 30 matches and 15 or more kills 12 times. She has double-digit point totals in 26 of 30 matches with 15 or more points 13 times. Dahle's 1,115 attack attempts rank third on UCSD's single season list. The La Mesa native won a slew of awards in 2012, including AVCA West Region Freshman of Year, Daktronics All-West Second Team, AVCA All-West Honorable Mention and All-CCAA First Team accolades. She majors in cognitive science at Marshall College.

A junior middle blocker, McCutchan leads UCSD, ranks fourth in the CCAA and is 33rd in the country in hitting percentage. She is second on the team in points and third in kills, blocks, blocks/set and points/set. McCutchan broke league and school records and tied the NCAA Division II record with a 1.000 (11-0-11) hitting percentage against Humboldt State (11/8). She has totaled 10 or more points in 23 of 30 matches. This season, McCutchan has been selected as a CCAA Player of the Week (11/12), the MVP of the UCSD Invitational and a member of the Coyote Classic All-Tournament Team. In 2012, she earned Daktronics All-West Second Team, AVCA All-West Honorable Mention, All-CCAA Second Team and CCAA All-Academic honors. The Irvine native is a cognitive science major at Roosevelt College.

In CCAA matches, Sierks, a sophomore setter, ranks first in assists and assists/set. Overall in the league, she is third in assists and fourth in assists/set and nationally she ranks 50th in assists/set. Sierks is third on the team in digs and digs/set and has recorded a team-high 20 double-doubles. One of just two Tritons to play in all 116 sets this season, she has amassed 40 or more assists 18 times and 50 or more helpers on eight occasions. Sierks established a career-high with 70 assists at Cal State Monterey Bay (11/15) and her 1,180 assists is seventh on UCSD's single season list. The Lake Bluff, Ill., native is undeclared at Marshall College.

Brenton is in her first season at UCSD after transferring from Columbia University. The junior opposite hitter is second on the team in kills/set, hitting percentage, aces, blocks, blocks/set and points/set. Among CCAA players, Brenton is fourth in blocks/set and seventh in blocks. She has totaled 10 or more points in 21 of 26 matches and 15 or more points 11 times. The San Jose native has recorded a double-double in four of her last six matches. Brenton's 33.0 points and 27 kills against Cal Poly Pomona (11/9) are team season-highs. She is an economics major at Revelle College.

Last week, all four Tritons were named to All-CCAA teams. Brenton, Dahle and Sierks made the first team, while McCutchan was selected to the league's second team.

Chico State setter Torey Thompson was tabbed the AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year, while Cal State San Bernardino's Kim Cherniss was named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year. Cherniss, along with Sonoma State's Bear Grassl, garnered CCAA Co-Coach of the Year accolades last week.

UCSD (25-5), ranked 12th nationally, earned a berth in the NCAA postseason for the eighth consecutive year. As the third seed in the West, the Tritons will take on sixth-seeded Dixie State (17-9) in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 12 p.m. The regional is being hosted by top-seeded Cal State San Bernardino, Dec. 5-7 at The Den.

2013 AVCA All-West Region Team
Danielle Dahle, OH, UC San Diego
Kayla Erickson, MB, Western Washington
Kelsey Hull, OPP, Sonoma State
Samantha Hutchinson, L, Western Washington
Iona Lofrano, OH, Cal State L.A.
Tori May, MB, Cal State San Bernardino
Sara McCutchan, MB, UC San Diego
Brenna McIntosh, MB, Cal State San Bernardino
Hayley Ross, S, Sonoma State
Heidi Sierks, S, UC San Diego
Caylie Seitz, OH, Sonoma State
Andrea Terpstra, MB, Northwest Nazarene
Torey Thompson, S, Chico State
Katelynn Zanders, OH, Alaska Anchorage

West Region Freshman of the Year: Torey Thompson, S, Chico State

Honorable Mention: Caitlin Brenton (OPP, UC San Diego), Catie Fry (S, Central Washington), Madelyn Densberger (OPP, Sonoma State), Sam Harthun (OH, Alaska Fairbanks), Malika O'Brien (MB, California Baptist), Lindsay Quigley (MB, Chico State)

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