Cal State’s Malika O’Brien named CCAA Player of Week

Cal State San Bernardino All-American senior middle blocker Malika O’Brien has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for  Sept. 5-11.
Malika O'Brien

O’Brien, a graduate of Alta Loma High School, led the Coyotes to a 3-1 record in the top pod of the Division II West Region Volleyball Showcase at Sonoma State last weekend.

The Rancho Cucamonga product helped CSUSB to 3-0 sweeps over two top-25 nationally-ranked teams, including No. 25 Cal Baptist and No. 14 and reigning NCAA West Region Champion Western Washington, as well as a narrow five-set loss to No. 12 Alaska Anchorage.

O’Brien was the top hitter in the six-team tournament, hitting .462 (50-7-93), while also totaling 14 blocks and 12 digs. Her weekend was highlighted in the Coyotes three-set victory against the Lancers on Friday afternoon, as she smashed 10 kills on 13 swings without a single error for a .769 hitting percentage.

On the weekend, O’Brien averaged 14.8 points, 12.5 kills, 3.5 blocks, and 3 digs per set.

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