Coyotes rack up volleyball honors

Cal State San Bernardino’s Jessica Granados has been voted the Daktronics/NCAA Division II West Region player of the year for the second straight year it was announced Monday.

Granados, the two-time California Collegiate Athletic Association player of the year, received the most votes in player of year balloting by sports information directors of the region’s universities and colleges.

The 6-1 right-side hitter from Beaumont (Beaumont HS) is averaging 4.22 kills per set with a total of 392 kills in 93 sets covering 31 matches as the Coyotes prepare to compete in the NCAA National Championship Tournament on Dec. 4-6 at Concordia-St. Paul, Minn.

Also voted to the first team were teammates Sara Hoffman, a junior setter from San Clemente, and Meghan Haas, a senior libero from Menifee. Senior middle blocker Sara Rice was voted to the Daktronics all-region second team.

Granados is hitting .317 for the season with 29 service aces and 1.88 digs per set and 59 blocks. Her kills per set ratio ranks her No. 9 in the nation in that category.

This is her third straight year as a member of the Daktronics all-region first team.

She was a first-team All-American in 2007 as well as first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association all-region first team.

Granados was among four Coyotes voted to the West Regional all-tournament team following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Cal Poly Pomona in the title match.

She currently ranks No. 4 on the CSUSB career kills list with 1,255.

Hoffman ranks No. 7 in the nation in assists per set at 11.52. She has 1,094 for the season and her 2,901 career assists is No. 4 on the Coyotes’ career list. Hoffman was an all-CCAA first team selection this season and a Daktronics all-West Region first team pick in 2008 amd 2007

Haas has covered the back line like a blanket this season, averaging 4.62 digs per match and a total of 462 for the season in 31 matches. She also has produced a team-high 34 service aces. She was named to the all-CCAA first team and the West Regional all-tournament team in 2008 and the Daktronics all-region second team in 2006.

            The 6-foot senior has 1,509 career digs, No. 2 on the CSUSB career list. She needs 35 digs in the national championship tournament to surpass Kim Ford (2000-03) as the all-time Coyotes digs leader.

            Rice is among the national leaders in hitting percentage at .414, averaging 2.37 kills and 0.71 blocks per game with 66 blocks to her credit. She has been an all-CCAA first team pick the past two seasons. She was a CCAA player of the week and was named to the West Regional all-tournament team this past weekend.

            The 6-foot former Yucaipa High School star is hitting .369 over her last three seasons with 195 block assists and 30 solo blocks.