Nov. 22, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. -
Senior Caitlin Ledoux became the seventh player in Big West Conference history to be selected first-team All-Big West for four seasons, as the outside hitter was joined by Haleigh Hampton on the first-team in awards announced today. Five 49ers in all were honored by the coaches.
Ledoux joins Alexis Crimes and Misty May as the only 49ers to be named first-team All-Big West four times. Ledoux leads the 49ers with a 3.73 kills per set average, and also averages 2.42 digs per set for the 49ers.
Hampton earned her second first-team All-Big West selection as a sophomore. A Big West Player of the Year candidate, Hampton leads the 49ers with 296 kills on the season, and ranks in the top five nationally in blocking, averaging 1.58 blocks per set, leading the Big West for the second straight season while hitting .342 in conference matches.
Sophomore Delainey Aigner-Swesey was named honorable mention All-Big West after receiving All-Freshman honors a year ago. Aigner-Swesey was second on the team in total kills in conference play with 158, and averaged 2.68 kills per set in Big West action.
Long Beach State had two players honored on the All-Freshman Team. Setter Erin Juley led the 49ers to a Big West Championship, playing every set while helping the 49ers lead the Big West in hitting percentage at .253 in conference. Middle Blocker Alma Serna also earned all-freshman honors, finishing second in the conference in blocking and ninth in hitting percentage in league games.
Cal Poly's Jennifer Keddy was named the Big West Player of the Year, after leading Cal Poly to a tie for sixth place and a 7-9 record in Big West play. Cal State Northridge's Casey Hinger was named the Freshman of the Year, and Matadors head coach Jeff Stork earned Coach of the Year honors, after Cal State Northridge improved to over .500, finishing 9-7 in the Big West, five games behind the 49ers.
The awards are voted on by the head coaches from the member schools. Long Beach State won the Big West with a 14-2 record, including two wins each over Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge. The 49ers will be making their 25th consecutive NCAA appearance, and will likely be the lone representative for the Big West in the NCAA Tournament.
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