Women's Athlete of the Week
Mt. San Jac's Kushner, Mesa's Pompa-Hogan honored
OCT. 14, 2014 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Mt. San Jacinto College volleyball player Taylor Kushner and San Diego Mesa soccer player Taylor Pompa-Hogan as its Women's Athletes of the Week.
Kushner, the Eagles' 6-foot sophomore right-side hitter from Heritage High School in Romoland, who transferred from UC Riverside as an incoming redshirt freshman prior to the 2013 season, leads the state in kills (323) and kills per set (6.73).
Last week, Kushner totaled 23 kills, eight digs and 23.5 points in a 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16) victory over Cuyamaca and came back with 27 kills, 15 digs and 29 points in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-19 sweep of Southwestern. Kushner has led the Eagles to an 11-3 record and a 4-1 mark in conference. They're tied San Diego Mesa and Palomar for second place in back of PCAC leader Grossmont, which is ranked third in the state.
Pompa-Hogan, a sophomore from Mt. Carmel High School, started the week off with a goal vs. Imperial Valley in a 1-0 Mesa win and concluded the week with two goals and an assist as the Olympians defeated Cuyamaca 4-0. Pompa-Hogan, a team captain, has showed her versatility throughout the season playing her traditional central midfielder role and filling in at both forward and outside defender.
Honorable mention went to Palomar volleyball player Maci Lerno, San Diego Miramar soccer player Sydni Scolari, Cuyamaca cross country runner Miranda Fisher and Mesa cross country runner Jordan Linsky.
Lerno, who plays outside hitter and middle blocker in leading the state-ranked Comets to a 10-2 record, recorded 13 kills and five digs in a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 24-26, 25-14, 17-15) win over MiraCosta and had nine kills in a 24-14, 25-16, 25-13 sweep of Cuyamaca.
Scolari, a sophomore defender from Westview High School, was dominant on both sides of the ball in helping the Jets to wins over MiraCosta (4-1) and Grossmont 3-0. She helped boost the Jets to a comeback win over the Spartans with two assists and some key defensive tackles. She scored two goals and played stingy defense in the victory over Grossmont.
Fisher, a sophomore from El Capitan High, placed 40th in 19:20.01 for 5 kilometers in a 165-woman field against four-year college opponents at the 25th Annual Vanguard Invitational at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa.
Linsky, a freshman from La Jolla High School, placed 49th in the same race, running 19:31.17. An individual may receive Athlete of the Week honors once in her season of sport but there is no limit at to the times she can receive honorable mention. Fisher shared Athlete of the Week honors for the week ending Sept. 21.