Granados named CCAA Athlete of the Year

Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Kevin Gallaugher  and Cal State San Bernardino’s Jessica Granados have been named 2008-09 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male and Female Athletes of the Year.


The award is voted on by the 11-member institutions’ Sports
Information Directors at their annual meeting that was held on
Saturday, May 30, in San Jose.

Both Gallaugher and Granados enjoyed remarkable seasons and made major impacts at the conference, regional and national levels.

Granados, a senior from Beaumont, Calif., capped an impressive four-year career by leading the Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team to a 30-4 overall record and runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championships.

En route to helping Cal State San Bernardino to the national title
game, Granados finished ninth in the nation with 4.2 kills per game, posted a .305 hitting percentage, 32 aces, 202 digs (1.94 per game) and 67 total blocks (0.64 per game).

Granados’ list of honors include first team All-American, American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region Player of the Year, All-West Region, CCAA Most Valuable Player and first team All-CCAA. She is a three-time West Region Player of the Year and two-time Most
Valuable Player, in addition to being Cal State San Bernardino’s
2008-09 Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

During Granados’ four-year career, Cal State San Bernardino compiled an overall record of 105-17, including a 66-10 mark in CCAA play, won three straight conference and West Region titles. She ended her career fourth on the Coyotes’ all-time career kills list (1,302) and third in service aces (134).

Gallaugher, a junior defender from Walnut,  was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National  Player of the Year after helping Cal State Dominguez Hills capture the school’s second men’s soccer national championship.

Gallaugher becomes the fourth Cal State Dominguez Hills’ student-athlete to be named CCAA Athlete of the Year and first since the 2000-01 season.

Gallaugher’s year-end honor completes an impressive season in which, in addition to being named national player of the year, he claimed two first team All-America nods (NSCAA & Daktronics), a pair of first team All-West Region selections (NSCAA & Daktronics), CCAA Defensive Most Valuable Player of the Year award and was a first-team All-CCAA pick. He also received NCAA Final Four and NCAA West Region Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player honors.

In 2008, the four-time All-American was instrumental in leading Cal State Dominguez Hills to a program-tying 14 shutouts, including three  in five games during its NCAA postseason title run. Gallaugher helped limit the opposition to just one goal in nine additional games en route to a .077 shot percentage and 19 goals on the year, an average of just 0.68 goals scored per game.

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