MSJC volleyball player Taylor Kushner was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for her fine play over the past week.
The MSJC volleyball team is currently 8-2 on the season and kick off conference play this Friday at Grossmont who enters the match as the state's top ranked team. Kushner joins MSJC soccer player Leandra Garlinger and Eagle football player Michael Harrison to become the third MSJC athlete to win PCAC athlete of the week awards in the Eagles first year as members of the conference. Kushner presently leads the state in scoring, "Taylor is a special player and she has brought our program to greater heights, I like that Taylor is a complete player," said MSJC volleyball coach Kevin Pratte. "She is a point scorer when she serves, she is solid on defense, we have her pass in serve receive and she is capable of putting a ball away."
Below is the original release from the PCAC.
PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE / SEPT. 24, 2013
Honors go to Mt. San Jac’s Kushner, Mesa’s Stabile
PCAC 2013-14 WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Sept. 1 Sadye Busby, Palomar Golf Leandra Garlinger, Mt. San Jacinto Soccer
Sept. 8 Simone Henderson, Grossmont Volleyball
Angelina Hix, MiraCosta Soccer
Sept. 15 Rudy Leasau, Grossmont Volleyball
Paulina Salazar, San Diego Miramar Soccer
Sept. 22 Taylor Kushner, Mt. San Jacinto Volleyball
Elizabeth Stabile, San Diego Mesa Soccer
Mt. San Jacinto College volleyball player Taylor Kushner and San Diego Mesa College soccer player Elizabeth Stabile are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athletes of the Week.
Kushner, a freshman outside hitter/middle blocker from Heritage High in Romoland who leads the state with 196 total kills, had another big week for the Eagles.
She started off last week with 16 kills (with only two errors) and 12 digs in a 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-19 sweep of College of the Desert. In the San Diego City College Tournament, Kushner put down 19 kills in a 3-1 (24-16, 25-22, 25-9, 25-21) loss to Scottsdale (AZ) Community College, the No. 4-ranked team in the nation in NJCAA Division II. She battled back with 29 kills in a 3-0 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-13) win over Rio Hondo, and also had 6 kills in a 1-set, 25-22 elimination loss to Chaffey.
Kushner has led MSJ to an 8-2 start going into Friday’s PCAC opener vs. state No 1-ranked Grossmont.
Along with leading the state in total kills, Kushner also is second in the state in kills per set at 6.12 (compared to state leader Alejandra Pugas of Southwestern at 6.50).
“Lizzie” Stabile, Mesa’s sophomore goalkeeper from Cathedral Catholic High School, shut out College of the Canyons, ranked No. 14 in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, as the Olympians and Cougars tied 0-0. Stable recorded saves on two 1 vs. 1 situations and made an outstanding save on a penalty kick to preserve the tie. Stable has four shuts has Mesa’s defense has allowed one goal all season.
Honorable mention was awarded to MiraCosta soccer player Sarah Hinkle, Grossmont volleyball player Miklaila Santos, Mesa water polo player Monica Longsworth and San Diego City College volleyball player Jaclyn Kreymburg.
Hinkle, a freshman goalkeeper from El Camino High School, notched her fourth consecutive shutout as the Spartans fought to a 0-0 tie with Glendale.
Santos, a freshman libero from Foothills Christian High School, was Grossmont’s steady defensive force as the Griffins reached the finals of the Mesa Invitational, where they lost to the No. 9 NJCAA team in the nation, Glendale (AZ) Community College. She helped lead 3-0 sweeps of both San Bernardino Valley and Long Beach City College. Sa contributed 16 digs in a 3-0 sweep vs. Bakersfield in the semifinals, then had an additional 18 digs in the 3-2 (25-22, 20-15, 15-25, 28-26, 15-12) championship loss to Glendale (AZ).
Longsworth, a sophomore from Point Loma High School, led Mesa over Southwestern 14-6 in conference water polo action. Over the weekend, she had seven goals, five assists and 10 steals as Mesa beat cypress 5-2 and East Los Angeles 10-4 and lost to Chaffey 6-5 and Ventura 10-5 at the Chaffey Invitational.
Kreymborg, a sophomore libero from Franklin High School in Sacramento, had 29 digs in a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-19) loss to the NJCAA’s Pima (AZ) Community College.