Trio Tabbed All-SCIAC; Rond, Pletcher Named Coaching Staff of the Year
CLU earns conference honors
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Announced today by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), a trio of Cal Lutheran women’s water polo players was recognized as All-SCIAC while head coach Craig Rond and assistant coach Cody Pletcher were voted as the 2017 Coaching Staff of the Year.
Kristi McGee, Bailey Meyer and Nikki Roed were all honored for the first time of her CLU career. McGee got a First Team All-SCIAC nod while Meyer and Roed each landed on the Second Team.
A junior center defender, McGee was a threat at both ends of the pool, ranking among the top-three on the team in every positive category. She started 26 of the 28 games in which she appeared, including all 11 SCIAC contests, and finished second with 37 goals, 35 steals, 15 assists and 10 field blocks. McGee was also third on the team with 25 drawn ejections. She shot .446 percent, converting on 37-for-83 attempts. An athletic force, McGee led the way in conference games with 21 goals on 41 opportunities for a .512 shooting percentage. She also shared the team-lead in SCIAC competition with six assists.
In her first season starting for the Regals, Meyer was a force in front of the cage and was recognized for her accomplishments as the everyday goalkeeper after starting all 28 games. She moved into second all-time at CLU in a single-season with 281 saves and led the conference in the category as well. Additionally, the sophomore recorded a team-high 39 steals. Meyer had a smooth transition into the starting role and produced 10 or more saves in 15 games including a new single-game Cal Lutheran record of 18 against St. Francis (Feb. 26). She allowed just 7.39 goals per game and worked 844 minutes over 108 quarters of play this spring.
Roed enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore at CLU with 26 starts, including all 11 league contests, and 28 overall appearances for the Violet and Gold. She paced the offense with 47 goals, 18 in SCIAC play, with a .495 shooting percentage on the season. The utility player was third on the team with seven field blocks and was balanced at both ends of the pool, adding 21 drawn ejections, 15 steals and 12 assists, sharing the team-lead for assists in league play with six, for the Regals. Roed is an athletic force who produced offensively and defensively en route to her first conference honor.
Finally, Rond and Pletcher were voted as the Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the young Regals back into the semifinals at the SCIAC Championships for the first time in seven years. The 15-13 record was the best finish for the program since 2012 and the Regals placed fourth in the final standings.
The 2017 SCIAC Player of the Year is Pomona-Pitzer senior Christina Williamson while the Newcomer of the Year is Chapman junior Andi Sandoval.
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