Women's Athletes of the Week
Honors go to Comets' Evans, Mesa's Lemusa, Wright
MAY 2, 2016 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar softball pitcher Summer Evans and San Diego Mesa's beach volleyball duo of Lisabella Lemusa and Kat Wright as Women's Athletes of the Week for the week of April 25 - May 1.
Evans, a sophomore right-hander from Escondido High School and two-time conference Pitcher of the Year, two-time first-team all-state selection and Most Valuable Pitcher in the 2015 CCCAA State Tournament as the Comets won their second California championship in three years, pitched a four-hit shutout in the last game of the regular season, a 9-1 win over Mesa in six innings.
With the win, Evans and her teammates won the PCAC championship by seven games over runner-up Grossmont. Evans finished the regular season with a 30-5 win-loss record and a 1.44 earned run average for 184 1/3 innings. It was Palomar's 33rd conference softball title.
Lemusa, a sophomore from Helix High School, and Wright, a freshman from Chaparral High School in Temecula, entered the post-season as the PCAC's No. 2 2's duo. In the conference individual playoffs Lemusa/Wright beat Mesa's No. 3 duo 2-0 and upset team champion Grossmont's No. 1 pairing 21-17, 21-29 before losing to Grossmont's 2's duo 21-17, 21-19.
Honorable mention selections were Palomar softball shortstop Brienna Dunckel and Grossmont's undefeated beach volleyball 6's pairing of Maddie Schaeffer and Sammy Powell.
Dunckel, a freshman from Valley Center High School, the PCAC Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, finished the regular season by going 2-for-4 in the Comets' 9-1 win over Mesa and 14-for-23 in Palomar's final six games. She hit .493 for the regular season, stealing 26 bases.
Schaeffer, a freshman from Patrick Henry High School and Powell, a freshman from Bishop High in Bishop, CA, went unbeaten in all exhibition matches they played against two-year college opponents and moved up to the 5's flight to take their match against Arizona State University down to the wire before finally losing – then lost in three vs. Grand Canyon University.