Women's Athlete of the Week
Palomar's Lerno is PCAC Women's Athlete of Week
MAR. 3, 2014 - Palomar College softball player Maci Lerno has been selected as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Women's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
Lerno's home run and double lifted the defending state community college champions and current PCAC leaders to a 6-2 victory over visiting Southwestern last Wednesday.
The freshman third baseman from El Centro Southwest High School, who also was an all-conference selection for the Comets in volleyball, homered over the centerfield fence to break open a 2-1 game in the fourth inning. She also led off with a double to spark a two-run sixth inning as the state No. 3-ranked Comets won their ninth straight game.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to Palomar softball player Keilani “K.K.” Fronda, Mt. San Jacinto basketball player Cora Lopez and San Diego City College tennis player Jeanne Pun.
Fronda, the Comets' freshman center fielder from Rancho Cotate High School in Rhonert Park, delivered a two-run double as Palomar downed Citrus 4-1. She came back the next day by going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs in the victory over Southwestern. PCAC basketball Player of the Year
Lopez, a 6-foot-0 sophomore forward from Hemet High and the conference's Jan. 5 Player of the Week, scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the conference champion and 2012-13 state runner-up Eagles in a 70-54 regional playoff loss to Long Beach City College. She led Mt. San Jacinto to a 23-7 season.
Pun, a freshman from San Diego's Mark Twain High School who plays No. 1 doubles and No.3 singles for the Knights, ran her season-opening conference singles record to 3-0 as she posted wins against Cuyamaca, Mt. San Jacinto and Palomar the last two weeks. She led the Knights to a 2-1 record to begin PCAC play. The Knights' conference-opening victory vs. Cuyamaca was their first win in two years.