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November 28, 2017 > Four Pioneers capture volleyball honors

Four Pioneers capture volleyball honors

Submitted By Steve Connolly

For the second year in a row, four Cal State East Bay student-athletes were named to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Volleyball Team, the conference office announced November 15. Junior Deja Thompson was selected to the 2017 First Team, while senior Brandi Brucato, junior Kiki Leuteneker, and sophomore Lindsey Ray earned Honorable Mentions.

Thompson, who was a Second Team pick in 2016, is the first East Bay volleyball player to capture a First Team nod since Roxanne Neely in 2010, which is also the last season in which the Pioneers bested their current overall record of 17-10. The Rialto, Calif. native led the Pioneers in kills (2.75 per set) and blocks (0.88 per set) this season, and she ranked second on the squad in service aces (27) and hitting percentage (.276).

Brucato claims All-CCAA Honorable Mention for the second straight season after serving as the teamÕs starting libero. The Reno, Nev. native had an outstanding senior campaign, finishing the regular season sixth among CCAA players with 4.41 digs per set.

Leutekener snags her second straight spot on the Honorable Mention list as well. The Maui, Hawaii native hit .206 for the season, finishing second on the team in kills (2.73 per set) and third in blocks (0.54 per set).

Ray also earned an All-CCAA Honorable Mention in her first season with the Pioneers after transferring from Long Beach City College. She has been a tremendously versatile player, ranking third on the team in kills (2.32 per set) and second in digs (3.06 per set).

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