The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team might have fallen just short in its quest for a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, but the success of the program has again been recognized.
Senior middle blocker Brenna McIntosh, junior middle blocker Malika O’Brien and senior outside hitter Alexandra Torline have all been named second-team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The honors come just days after the Coyotes lost the West Regional final to Western Washington 3-2 (16-14 in the fifth set).
The honor is the third AVCA All-America nod for McIntosh and comes this season even though she missed the last six weeks of the regular season with an ankle injury.
McIntosh, a native of Yorba Linda, is the fifth Coyote to earn three All-America honors in her career as deemed by the AVCA. She leaves with five school records (match hitting percentage, match block assists, career total blocks, career solo blocks and career block assists). She finished the season with 231 kills and 112 total blocks.
O’Brien, a graduate of Alta Loma High School, wrapped up her first year in the program after transferring from Cal Baptist. She finished with 325 kills and 152 total blocks and earned All-Tournament honors at last week’s regional.
Torline, a native of Huntington Beach, registered 429 kills, 326 digs and 754 blocks.
She completed her career as the schools all-time leader in career points (1,926) and is the first player in school history to lead her team in kills for four seasons.
Torline had 30 kills in last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage in the NCAA West Region semifinals made her only the sixth Coyote to post as many kills in a match and the first since Brie Harris’s NCAA record of 45 against UC San Diego in 2004.