All-Conference Selections

by Dec 8, 2016

 

Gilroy, CA- With the historic 2016 Women’s Volleyball season ending at the State Championship Tournament, the Rams are being recognized with some amazing accolades. 

Erica Chapa (sophomore, Hollister), was named one of three players in California as a 1st Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It is the first time a Gavilan College Volleyball player has been given this recognition in the history of the volleyball program. As a setter, Chapa was leader for one of the Rams most proficient offenses that the program has ever had. She recorded a career high 817 assists this year to go along with 131 kills, 224 digs, 29 blocks and 61 aces. Those 61 aces were also a new record for the program, breaking Karina Daniels record from a few years ago. Erica was also named to the 2016 CCCAA All-State team that recognizes the top 12 volleyball players in the state of California. Once again, she is the first Ram to receive this honor.

A night before the state awards were handed out, the Coast Conference handed out their awards. As expected, the Rams led the way. For only the third time in the programs history, Gavilan had a player chosen as Conference MVP.  It was a unanimous vote for Chapa, who was a runner up last year as a freshman. In second place in the voting this year, was Gav sophomore outside hitter Madison Hartman. In total, six Rams were named All-Conference, four to the 1st team and 2 to the 2nd team. 1stteam All-Conference winners were sophomore opposite- hitter Courtney Borja (Live Oak), sophomore setter Erica Chapa (San Benito), sophomore outside- hitter Madison Hartman (Live Oak) and sophomore libero Valerie Rodgers (Antelope).  Named to the 2nd team All-Conference were sophomore defensive specialist Serena Adame (San Benito) and outside hitter Elizabeth Pearce (Gunderson).

In addition to the accomplishments of the players, Head Coach Kevin Kramer was also recognized for an outstanding season. For the fourth time since 2009, Kramer was named Coast Conference South Coach of the Year.  In addition, Kramer was the 2016 runner up for CCCAA Nor-Cal Coach of the Year, with the award going to Kieran Roblee, whose Fresno City team went on to be CCCAA State Champions.