Women's Athlete of the Week
Knights’ Troeh, Spartans’ Sizemore share AOTW honor
OCT. 21, 2014 - San Diego City College volleyball player Karlie Troeh and MiraCosta volleyball player Brianna Sizemore share this week’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athlete of the Week award.
Troe, City College’s 5-foot-7 freshman outside hitter from Gov. John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington, who is third in the PCAC with a 4.27 kill-per-set average, recorded 20 kills and 16 digs as the Knights knocked off rival San Diego Mesa in a five-game marathon 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-13.
With the win, City College is tied for second place with state No. 19-ranked Palomar with a 4-2 PCAC record and is 8-5 overall going into Wednesday’s match with the Comets on the road. The Knights have moved into the state rankings in the No. 23 spot.
Sizemore, the Spartans’ 6-foot-2 freshman outside hitter from Carlsbad High School, had 18 kills, an ace and seven digs in a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 sweep of Imperial Valley. She came right back with 17 kills, a .389 hitting percentage, five blocks, an ace and seven digs as MiraCosta knocked off Mt. San Jacinto in four sets on the Eagles’ home court 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23.
Sizemore is the biggest reason the Spartans’ all-freshman team (4-3, 7-7 overall) is right on the top teams’ trail in the conference race and is knocking on the door attempting to climb into the state rankings. In the PCAC, MiraCosta is in a three-way tie for fourth place behind leader and No. 3 state-ranked Grossmont, state No. 19-ranked Palomar and state No. 23-ranked San Diego City. The Spartans are one match out of second place.
Honorable mention went to Southwestern cross country runner Erika Gonzales, Palomar soccer player Valentina Zito, volleyball player Maci Lerno and Mt. San Jacinto soccer player Amber Roberts.
Gonzales, a freshman from Sweetwater High School, placed sixth out of 140 runners with an 18:22.3 time for 5 kilometers in the 67th Annual Mt. SAC Invitational.
Zito, the Comets’ freshman goalkeeper from Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey, recorded nine saves in a loss to rival MiraCosta and 17 saves in a 2-1 heartbreaker against PCAC Northern Division defending champion and current leader San Diego Miramar. Zito is second in the state with 120 saves and seventh in the state with five shutouts.
Lerno, a sophomore outside hitter / middle blocker from El Centro Southwest High School, had seven kills and 10 points as Palomar swept Mesa 25-18, 27-25, 25-18, then had 10 kills, eight digs and 11 points in a 25-9, 25-23, 25-18 loss to undefeated Grossmont.
Roberts, a freshman goalkeeper from Heritage High School in Romoland, notched 10 saves as the Eagles tied Northern Division leader Miramar 3-3.