La Verne player named week’s best

Volleyball standout Brianna Gonzales was named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week in helping the Leopard squad to a 4-0 debut last weekend.

A senior outside hitter from Whittier, Gonzales was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping lead fifth-ranked La Verne to a 4-0 mark – including three wins over nationally-ranked teams – at the Premier Invitational Sept. 5-6 in Tacoma, Wash.

A 2007 AVCA First Team All-American, Gonzales averaged 3.46 kills per game for the weekend. She also had three double-doubles with her kills and digs. She has been nominated for AVCA National Player of the Week for her efforts this past weekend. She tallied 15 kills and 9 digs against seventh-ranked and tournament host Puget Sound in a four-game win.

Against #12 CSU East Bay, Gonzales collected a match-high 17 kills along with 15 digs in a four-game triumph over the Pioneers. She finished with 12 kills and 11 digs as the Leopards prevailed over #6 Trinity in four games.