It is a rare occasion when any team can conclude its season as a national champion, but that is exactly what the Point Loma volleyball team proudly exclaimed as the players ran through the streets of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Sea Lions capped off a surprising and hard-fought season last week by capturing the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championship in Kissimmee, Fla.
Alyssa Dwyer was named most valuable player of the championship tournament after averaging 4.05 in the six matches for the Sea Lions. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by outside hitter Heather Leavitt and setter Savannah Wedemeyer, who was also named the NCCAA Player of the Year.
This was the end of a long list of accolades earned by the Point Loma volleyball student-athletes this fall. PLNU led the PacWest in All-Conference selections with four. Dwyer, Leavitt and Kelli LeClair were all named to the All-PacWest First Team, while Wedemeyer picked up second team honors.
As a team, Point Loma also had one of the best records in the history of the school. The Sea Lions went 30-7 on the season, to post just the third 30-plus win season in the history of the school. PLNU went 16-4 in league play to finish in sole possession of second place in the PacWest standings, in just its second year in the league. PLNU would go on to win the NCCAA West Regional and earn the No.1 seed at the NCCAA Championships. It lived up to its No. 1 ranking by winning all six matches to bring the title back to Point Loma.
SCOTT NAMED ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH FOR VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
Coming off an NCCAA Championship and with the Point Loma volleyball program continuing to take strides forward, PLNU athletic director Ethan Hamilton took steps to ensure there would be future stability on the coaching staff as he promoted Jonathan Scott to the role of associate head coach.
“We have been blessed with an amazing women’s volleyball staff and are pleased to announce Jon Scott as our new associate head coach,” said Hamilton. “He has been an integral part in our success and I am eager to see this program grow under the continuity of [head coach] Sarah Gustin’s and Jon’s leadership.”
Scott has been with the PLNU volleyball program in each of Gustin’s three seasons. Scott and Gustin work closely together in all coaching duties, with Scott also specializing in scouting, strategy and training. This season he helped lead the Sea Lions to a 30-7 record and the NCCAA National Championship. Along the way, PLNU went 16-4 and finished second in the Pacific West Conference standings, which included an 11-match winning streak to open conference play.
“The longer you can have the same people leading, the better it is for any program,” Gustin said. “Jonathan has been very loyal to me as a head coach, to this program and this university. He has earned this promotion. He does so much more than a normal assistant and this needed to happen for us to honor him and for others to know how valuable he is to this program.”
BOORMAN NAMED PacWest DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Point Loma senior forward Abby Boorman has been selected as the Pacific West Conference Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5.
Boorman (Reno, Nev.) turned in an all-around effort against Holy Names with a career-high 15 rebounds, 12 points, six blocks and four assists. Her defensive effort helped the Sea Lions hold the Hawks to just a 33.8 percent shooting and outrebounded HNU by plus-16 (58-42). That was the Sea Lions’ best rebounding effort of the season. Boorman led all PacWest players in rebounds and blocks for the week.
Boorman leads all PacWest student-athletes with 2.7 blocks per game. She also ranks 14th in the league in rebounding (6.7) and leads Point Loma with a .459 field-goal percentage.
SOCCERS PLACE SIX ON ALL-PacWest TEAM
The Point Loma men’s and women’s soccer teams each placed three student-athletes on the 2013 All-PacWest Team.
Daniel ten Bosch, Nico Tagaloa and Tyler Allen each represented the men’s team, while Claire Mathews, Jessica Van Loo and Leah Porter were the selections on the women’s side.
Ten Bosch led the PacWest in assists with 11. Tagaloa had four goals and one assist as a freshman midfielder. Allen recorded a goal and two assists while helping PLNU post five shutouts as a defender. For the women, Mathews led the team with five assists.
Porter was second with four assists and Van Loo was third on the team with four goals.