Okpala named first-team All-Region; Roenicke and Johnson merit honorable mention
Dec. 4, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Sophomore middle blocker Chisom Okpala was one of three 49ers selected for the AVCA All-West Region team, and the only player named to the first team. Setter Tara Roenicke and outside hitter Janisa Johnson each received honorable mention honors.
Okpala led the 49ers with a .328 hitting percentage, a mark that was third in the Big West, and ranked among the conference leaders in kills, blocks, hitting percentage, and points scored in Big West play. Expected to spend the season in a backup role, Okpala emerged as a star in the Big West, and was the only 49er named to the 14-person first-team, which encompasses the top players from the WAC, the Mountain West, and the Big West.
With her selection, Okpala is entered in the All-America consideration, along with all other members of the first-team from the eight regions. Okpala was one of six players to earn first-team honors from the Big West.
Roenicke and Johnson both were named honorable mention, two of six players recognized with that honor. Roenicke led the 49ers to a .228 season hitting percentage while leading the Big West with 10.75 assists per set, while Johnson led the 49ers in both kills and digs during the 2012 season.
With three selections, the 49ers tied with Colorado State for the most all-region picks of any school. All three were previously chosen on the first team for All-Big West, and it is the first selection to an All-Region team for each as well.