Cal Lutheran senior setter Jackie Russell has been announced as the recipient of the Inaugural "Alyssa Sialaris Award” and will attend a European Exposure Tour that was established to honor the former Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) two-sport standout who passed away in April 2013.
Earlier this week Cal Lutheran senior Kylie McLogan capped her collegiate career with one final honor, begin selected the SCIAC Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week and fourth time this fall as she concluded her playing days by nearly leading the Regals to a national title, returning to Southern California as the national runner-up.
The goal of the 2013 Cal Lutheran volleyball team was to play on the final day of the season. Tonight the Regals earned that opportunity and played the hearts out, leaving everything they had on the court. Unfortunately, CLU fell 3-2 (25-20, 25-12, 22-25, 17-25, 18-20) in five tremendous sets to Calvin as the Knights were crowned National champions while the Regals will return to Southern California, after two whirlwind weeks, as the NCAA Division III runner-up.
Tonight with a three-set sweep over No. 19 Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Semifinal play, Cal Lutheran earned a trip to the title match of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, marking the second final in school history, joining the 1995 squad that was national runner-up.
When you looked at the Cal Lutheran sidelines in the Gilbert Arena this fall you often times saw 10-year-old Trinity Tucker donning a Regals jersey that was too big for her frame. The cancer survivor was embraced by the CLU squad with open arms as one of their own and became a lucky charm for the 2013 team.
Today senior volleyball player Kylie McLogan became a three-time SCIAC Athlete of the Week recipient this fall with another standout performance. She won on back-to-back weeks and this week propelled Cal Lutheran into the Elite Eight.