Williams Earns All-American Honors


Williams Earns All-American Honors
Vanessa Williams
Williams spikes during the Broncos' 3-0 win over Cal State San Bernardino in October.

Senior middle blocker Vanessa Williams capped her four-year career in style when she was named last week to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America team.

Williams earned second-team honors and becomes just the 10th individual to earn All-American acclaim in the history of Cal Poly Pomona volleyball.

“When you work with and coach an individual for four years, you get to know that person very well,'' Bronco coach Rosie Wegrich said. “And what I've found in Vanessa is that she always gave credit to her teammates for the accolades that she received in her career. She's always spoken well of and shown her appreciation for her teammates. She became a great player, but to Vanessa, it wasn't about herself. She gave the credit to her teammates.”

In her only season at middle blocker, Williams finished second in the NCAA in blocks per game (1.28) and led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in that category. She finished fifth in the CCAA in hitting percentage (.304) and led her team in kills (292), hitting percentage and blocks. She earned first-team All-CCAA honors for the second straight season and was a three-time all-conference honoree in her career. She also was named to the Daktronics West Region first-team this postseason.

The Broncos (20-8 overall) completed the season as the NCAA West Regional runner-up. They tied for second in the CCAA for the second straight season and earned their second straight NCAA postseason berth and fourth in the last five years. They were ranked among the top 25 teams in all 12 weeks of the Bison/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll.]

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