Dwyer named to the first team; Chlebana and Beauchene second team; Rogers
OGDEN, Utah - Four Sacramento State volleyball players were selected to the
all-Big Sky Conference team, it was announced by the conference today.
Junior middle hitter Tasman Dwyer was one of three unanimous first team
selections while senior outside hitter Sarah Chlebana and freshman setter
Lisa Beauchene were each named to the second team. Junior outside hitter
Esther Rogers was named honorable mention to round out the four Hornets who
received the honor.
Dwyer, who was an honorable mention selection last season, was a unanimous
first team selection along with Northern Arizona's Maggie Barrera and
Montana State's Anne Watts. Among conference leaders, the Placerville,
Calif., native finished the regular season tied for first in blocks (1.45
per game), eighth in hitting percentage (.282) and ninth in kills (3.46 per
game). The six-foot graduate of Ponderosa High School, who was named
conference player of the week on Oct. 9, played in 103 of the team's 104
games this season while leading the Hornets in kills, solo blocks and
Chlebana was named to the second team for the second-consecutive year after
leading Sacramento State, and finishing fourth in the conference, in digs
(380 total, 3.69 per game). The Calgary, Alberta, native also finished
second on the Hornets with 331 kills. A fourth-year senior and team captain
this season, Chlebana currently ranks in the Sacramento State career record
books in four different categories including sixth in kills (1,098) and
attacks (3,194), eighth in digs (1,314) and 10th in total blocks (269).
Beauchene, who was one of just three freshman named to the all-Big Sky
team, led the Hornets and ranked fifth in the Big Sky in hitting percentage
(.305). The Auburn, Wash., native also led the team in assists (1,100) and
ranked third in total blocks (59) and fourth in digs (304). Beauchene, who
was recently named Big Sky Player of the Week on Nov. 6, posted 10 kills,
64 assists, 18 digs and six blocks in the Hornets' conference-clinching
victory over Cal State Northridge last Saturday.
Rogers received honorable mention honors after ranking second on the team
and ninth in the conference with 3.21 digs per game. The Portland, Ore.,
native also finished ninth in the Big Sky with 0.27 aces per game and was
named conference player of the week on Oct. 23. She has started all but two
matches this season and has played in all but two games. Rogers' 246 kills,
75 blocks and .198 hitting percentage were all career highs.
Sacramento State's four all-Big Sky selections were tied with Northern
Arizona for the most in the nine-team conference. Barrera was named
conference MVP while Eastern Washington's Robyn Sonju-Felder was top
newcomer, Watts outstanding freshman and Cal State Northridge's Hedder
Illustre outstanding defensive specialist.
The Hornets, who were crowned Big Sky regular season champions for the
fourth year in a row, will host the Big Sky Tournament beginning this
Thursday, Nov. 16, and running through Saturday, Nov. 18. Sacramento State
received a first round bye as the number one seed and will play the lowest
remaining seed in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.