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Dahle was also named AVCA All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team in 2013.
Danielle Dahle Named AVCA First Team All-American
Release: Thursday 12/11/2013 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego's Danielle Dahle (La Mesa/Grossmont HS) has earned First Team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The announcement was made Wednesday by the AVCA.

In addition, Caitlin Brenton, Sara McCutchan and Heidi Sierks picked up All-America Honorable Mention nods.

Dahle led UCSD in several statistical categories, including kills (387), kills/set (3.25), attack attempts (1,182), points (434.0) and points/set (3.65). In the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Dahle ranked seventh in kills and attack attempts, 10th in points, 12th in kills/set and 13th in points/set.

Over 32 matches and 119 sets, Dahle recorded 15 double-doubles and had at least 10 kills in 24 contests. She totaled 10 or more digs 18 times, including a career-high 21 against Cal State Monterey Bay (10/12). Dahle surpassed 500 career kills and 500 career digs in 2013. Her 1,182 attack attempts rank second on UCSD's single season top 10 list, while her 387 kills are ninth.

Also this season, Dahle picked up AVCA All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team accolades. In 2012, she was named the AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year, Daktronics All-West Region Second Team, AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention and All-CCAA First Team.

Dahle majors in cognitive science at Marshall College.

Dahle is UCSD's fourth AVCA First Team All-American since the program moved to NCAA Division II status in 2000. In 2009, setter Elaine Chen and outside hitter Sylvia Schmidt won the honor, while setter Teresa Ohta was a two-time first team member (2003 and 2004).

Brenton, a junior opposite hitter, was also named AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention and All-CCAA First Team in 2013. In her first season with the Tritons after transferring from Columbia, she was second on the team in kills/set (2.89), hitting percentage (.263), service aces (18), blocks (109), blocks/set (1.01) and points/set (3.63). She ranked fourth in the league in blocks and blocks/set.

Brenton, who hails from San Jose, is an economics major at Revelle College.

McCutchan also earned AVCA All-West Region and All-CCAA Second Team accolades this season. The junior middle blocker led UCSD, ranked fourth among all CCAA players and is 37th nationally in hitting percentage (.343). She was second on the team in points (406.5) and blocks (109) and third in kills (330), blocks/set (0.89) and points/set (3.33). 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).

The Irvine native is a cognitive science major at Roosevelt College.

Sierks was second in the CCAA in assists (1,253) and fourth in assists/set (10.19). Her assist total ranks fifth on UCSD's single season list. A sophomore setter, Sierks finished third on the team in digs (376) and digs/set (3.06) and recorded a team-high 21 double-doubles. One of just two Tritons to play in all 123 sets this year, she amassed 40 or more assists 19 times and 50 or more helpers on eight occasions, establishing a career-high with 70 assists at Cal State Monterey Bay (11/15). Sierks also garnered AVCA All-West Region and All-CCAA First Team honors in 2013.

From Lake Bluff, Ill., Sierks is undeclared at Marshall College.

UCSD recently completed its 2013 campaign with a 26-6 overall record, the team's most victories since 2009. The Tritons qualified for NCAA postseason play for the eighth consecutive season and the 32nd time in the last 33 years.

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