December 5, 2017 > Brucato, McKiernan selected to Academic All-District Volleyball Team
Brucato, McKiernan selected to Academic All-District Volleyball Team
Submitted By Stephen Connolly
Cal State East Bay (CSEB) volleyball players Brandi Brucato and Kathy McKiernan have been selected to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Volleyball Team, which recognizes student-athletes for their combined performance in the classroom and on the court.
Brucato and McKiernan are in an exclusive club, with only seven student-athletes from the entire West Region making the list. This also marks the first time Cal State East Bay has placed two student-athletes from the same team on the Academic All-District list since the university re-joined NCAA Division II in 2009.
Brucato earned a spot for the second straight season, and joins former water polo standout Claire Pierce (2011-12) as just the second CSUEB student-athlete to claim the honor in consecutive years. Brucato had an outstanding senior season in 2017, helping lead the Pioneers to an 18-11 record and a trip to the semifinal round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. She ranked fifth in the conference in digs per set (4.49), earning an All-CCAA Honorable Mention for the second year in a row. She also averaged 5.50 digs per set in two postseason matches, earning a spot on the CCAA All-Tournament Team.
Brucato maintains a 3.96 grade point average and will graduate in June with a degree in biology. She is a three-time CCAA All-Academic honoree and last year received the CCAA's prestigious Dr. Hal Charnofsky Award. The Reno, Nevada native ended her Pioneer career with 1,428 digs, the second-highest total in school history.
McKiernan turned in a breakout season for CSEB in her third year, finishing sixth in the CCAA with a .320 hitting percentage. The junior middle blocker also ranked fourth on the team in kills (2.05 per set) and second in total blocks (0.76 per set).
The Duarte, California native boasts a 3.95 grade point average as a kinesiology major and has garnered CCAA All-Academic recognition two years in a row. Last season as a sophomore, she was selected as the volleyball team's Scholar-Athlete award winner. McKiernan will enter her senior year with 223 career blocks and a .275 career hitting percentage, both of which rank fourth in program history.