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As it has done all season long, the #1 Westmont women’s volleyball team swept again - this time the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) awards. Libby Dahlberg was named GSAC Player of the Year, Kami Troesh GSAC Libero of the Year, Cassidy Rea GSAC Freshman of the Year, Patti Cook GSAC Coach of the Year, and Ruth McGolpin GSAC Assistant Coach of the Year.
“What makes those three players (that won player of the year awards) special is a combination of their talent, steady play, and the team around them,” said Westmont Head Coach Patti Cook. “They couldn’t have received those awards without their supporting cast.”
Joining the all-GSAC team are Jessica McCann, Taylor Beckman, and Mila Maricic. McCann, Beckman, and Dahlberg were all-GSAC members last season.
Dahlberg ranks first in the conference and fourth in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.399), while also leading the GSAC and ranking thirteenth in the NAIA in blocks/set (1.25). Troesh leads the GSAC in digs/set (5.11), while Rea ranks third in the GSAC with a .343 hitting percentage.
Cook, in her fifth full season as Westmont Head Coach, has a career-winning percentage of .704, which ranks second all-time among Westmont volleyball head coaches.
On being named GSAC Coach of the Year, Coach Cook said, “It feels fantastic, but that award is just as much of a testament to the quality of my team and assistant coaches.”
One of those assistant coaches, McGolpin, was honored as GSAC Assistant Coach of the Year in the first year the award has been given. McGolpin is in her second year as a Westmont assistant coach and she works primarily with the setters.
“We are very fortunate to have Ruth in the program as she does a ton of work both on and off the court,” said Cook. “Her tireless, upbeat attitude is invigorating to the players and me.”
Courtney Crosby is a GSAC Scholar-Athlete for being an academic junior or senior and maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA throughout her time in college.
Westmont swept the all-conference awards after sweeping all but one match in conference play, culminating in the Warriors’ first GSAC title since 1993. Westmont finished the regular season 31-0 overall and 16-0 in the GSAC, the first ever Westmont sports team to finish a regular season unbeaten.
The Warriors begin the National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa next Tuesday, Nov. 29th v. Indiana Kokomo at 1 p.m. CST/11 a.m. PST. Westmont will play three pool-play matches, with the top two teams in its pool advancing to the round of 16.