Women's Volleyball Preview
Volleyball Lands Four Players on All-Conference Teams
SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 18, 2017)— in 2017, Women’s Volleyball welcomed new Head Coach Whitney Meyer (12-11/1st) and ended the year with a 3rd place finish in the Western State Conference (WSC) and a 12-11 overall record. The Cougars missed the playoffs, but earned their eighth “bronze” finish in the conference of the past decade. Cuesta’s overall play was recognized by the Western State Conference and four players earned all-WSC recognition; including first team selection Kelly Cole (Delano).
2017 All-WSC First Teamer Kelly Cole (Delano) was the Cougars’ go to player all season. She was the Cougars’ kill leader in 22 of their 23 matches and hit at a solid .278 clip for the year. Her 270 kills mark the 8th best season by a hitter in Cuesta history and her career total of 369 placed her in the Top 10 all time. Cole offensive output was impressive, but she was equally strong on defense. She led the Cougars with 52 total blocks and ranks 7th all time for a career with 126 stuffs. Cole was also part of the Cougars’ gang of “Serving Aces”, which set a school record with 247 service aces as the first team to clear 200 in a season. She was second on the team with 42 service aces, which also placed her 3rd all time for season at Cuesta. Her 71 career aces mark the second-best total in program history.
Sophomore Setter Mariah Hall (Yuba City) was named to the 2017 All-WSC Second Team. Hall enjoyed a standout season as the Cougars’ primary setter, after splitting the job in 2016. Her 540 assists are the 8th best season-total on record. She was also the Cougars’ top server. Hall’s 43 service aces rank second all time, just two short of the school record, and she is tied with Cole for second on the career list. In addition, all the time at the net allowed Hall to post 24 blocks, the second-best total on the squad.
Freshmen Kassidy Hamer (Los Olivos: Santa Ynez HS) and Taylor Rasmusson (Pine Grove) were both accorded 2017 All-WSC Honorable Mention. Hamer was second on the team with 113 kills and was part of the Cougars’ elite serving corps. She posted 39 aces, which was only third on the team, but also 6th all time. Rasmusson spent her first year at Cuesta playing softball, but added volleyball to her resume this Fall. She was third on the team with both 105 kills and 156 digs.
2017 All-WSC Honors
First Team Kelly Cole
Second Team Mariah Hall
Honorable Mention Kassidy Hamer
Honorable Mention Taylor Rasmusson