Women's Athlete of the Week
PCAC honors Jets' McCann and Spartans' Rodriguez
SEPT. 16, 2014 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected San Diego Miramar College water polo player Natalie McCann and MiraCosta soccer player Taivin Rodriguez as its Women's Athletes of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
McCann, a sophomore 2-meter player from San Antonio's Alamo Heights High School who was a Texas second-team all-state selection two years ago, has scored 12 goals for the Jets in their first three games of the season.
This past week, McCann scored four goals in a 13-11 loss to Los Angeles Valley and came back with four goals in a 14-4 victory over Santa Ana, both in the L.A. Valley College Mini-Tournament.
“Natalie is a natural team leader and a huge impact player that demands the attention of other teams. Despite defenders trying to double-team her, she comes up strong and still scores” Jets coach Amy Jennings said.
Rodriguez, a freshman forward out of Oceanside High School, burned Cuyamaca with a hat trick as the Spartans blanked the Coyotes last Friday 4-0. She also has two assists on the season.
Honorable mention selections were Grossmont volleyball player Brooke Wheeler, Mt. San Jacinto volleyball player Taylor Kushner, Miramar soccer player Stephanie Carlson and San Diego City College volleyball player Karlee Troah.
Wheeler, a sophomore setter from Mira Mesa High School, has played a key role in the Griffins' No. 3 state ranking. Last week, she contributed 36 assists in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 27-25) win over state No. 7-ranked Santa Ana and had 23 assists as the Griffins swept Los Angeles Pierce 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14), both in the L.A. Pierce Quad. She also had two aces and eight blocks on the day, four blocks against Santa Barbara and four more vs. Pierce.
Kushner, Mt. San Jacinto's sophomore right-side hitter from Paloma Valley High School and a transfer from UC Riverside prior to last season, had 48 kills in two matches at the Riverside City College Quad. Her 34 kills helped lead the Eagles to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-14) sweep over Mt. SAC, and she came back with 14 kills in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17) sweep of the host school, Riverside. Kushner is the biggest reason Mt. San Jacinto has opened the season with six wins in its first seven matches.
Carlson, the Jets' sophomore goalkeeper from Mira Mesa High School and a returning All-PCAC selection, blanked Norco 5-0 to earn her second shutout of the season. She had three saves in the game.
Troah, a sophomore from outside hitter from Gov. John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA, had 12 kills and 12 digs in a 25-20, 26-24, 25-16 loss to Golden West. She also had 11 kills and eight digs in a25-12, 25-18, 25-20 loss to the state's No. 2-ranked team, Irvine Valley.