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BOYER-HAYSE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LEXINGTON, Ken. — The awards keep piling in for Occidental College women's volleyball player Logan Boyer-Hayse (Boulder, CO).

The Tigers (22-9) star outside hitter was named an AVCA First Team All-American on Tuesday, rewarding the Oxy captain's outstanding season that helped Oxy win its first SCIAC tournament championship and make its first NCAA Division III playoff appearance since 1992.

Boyer-Hayse, who earned First Team All-SCIAC, First Team All-West Region and West Region All-Tournament Honors earlier this week, led Oxy with 3.66 kills per set.

It is the second consecutive year that she has been named an All-American — last year she received third team recognition.

"Logan was one of the best volleyball players in the nation this year and is very deserving of this award," Occidental coach Heather Collins said. "And it's also a testament to how well our team did this year because typically All-America honors aren't given to players without their team also having success."

Boyer-Hayse was the go-to outside hitter throughout the year and played a key role against opposing teams attacks. The 5-foot-9 junior averaged 3.73 digs per set, sixth best in the SCIAC.

"Logan is known for her offensive game, but she was also among our best defensively and rose to the occasion when the team needed her to put them on her back."

In the Tigers eight games against nationally ranked opponents, Boyer-Hayse never had less than 14 kills and had a season-high 25 kills in a win over No. 10 Southwestern (Tex.) on Sept. 17.

"Logan's leadership was crucial, particularly in the biggest games this year," Collins said. "She finds a way to step up when the team needs her most, carrying us during crucial times."

The Tigers graduate just Gwynne Davis (Los Gatos, CA) from a team that won nine of its last 11 games. Oxy returns; Madyson Cassidy (Arcadia, CA), Second Team All-SCIAC libero and the league's digs leader; Jessie Altman (La Jolla, CA), who was second in the league in assists; Katie Wiese (Denver, CO), the conference's leader in hitting percentage; Stephanie Gann (Tacoma, WA), 2010 SCIAC Freshman of the Year; and Kasey Rose (Los Olivos, CA), who led Oxy in kills four out of its last five matches.