By Barrett Henderson
EOU Athletic Department
PORTLAND, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University volleyball student-athletes, Jessica Lea and Rebecca Haight, were each named to the Cascade Collegiate All-Conference team. The Mountaineers’ Stefani Sorensen was named honorable mention as well.
Lea makes the postseason team for the fourth-straight season. The Prineville, Ore. native, has a hitting percentage of .289 this season with a total of 279 kills. The senior’s hitting percentage and kill total are each fifth in the conference. She is averaging 2.8 kills per set.
Lea recorded eight triple doubles this season; no other player in the CCC had one triple double this season. She has 546 assists this year which is seventh in the conference. Lea has an average of 5.5 per set which is 10th in the conference. She is ninth in the conference in total blocks with 68. And, Lea is 10th in the CCC, in total digs with 267.
In her career, Lea has 2,073 assists (first in school history), .275 hitting percentage (first in school history), 986 kills (second in school history), 2610 attack attempts (second in school history), 932 digs (fourth in school history), 224 total blocks (fourth in school history), and 67 service aces (fifth in school history). Lea’s 380 sets played in a career is first in school history and she is four matches shy of most matches played in school history.
Haight had 213 kills this season in 68 sets, an average of 3.13 kills per set. The junior has a hitting percentage of .318. She is third in the conference in hitting percentage and kills per set.
Haight recorded a season-high 21 kills at then-ranked No. 6 College of Idaho. She had 25 digs against College of Idaho as well. The Longview, Wash. native, is in her first season with the Mountaineers after transferring from Blue Mountain Community College.
Sorensen, a freshman, was eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.254) and kills per set (2.8). The Camas, Wash. native, had 208 kills in her first year as a Mountaineer.
College of Idaho’s Whitney Brigham may have changed her last name in the off-season, but even marriage could not change her level of play on the court, as the senior defensive specialist/libero claimed this year’s Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honor, the league office announced.
Known for being a player on the floor that an opposing attacker just could not hit toward, Brigham was also named the CCC’s Defensive Specialist/Libero of the Year for the third consecutive year. The Caldwell, Idaho native averaged 6.2 digs per set during the regular season.