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Briefs: OCC's Riggs earns top honor

State leader in kills tops All-Orange Empire women's volleyball honorees as Player of Year.

December 05, 2012

Orange Coast College sophomore outside hitter Karlee Riggs has been named Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year in women's volleyball.

Riggs, who led the state in kills and kills per game in the regular season, tops five Pirates on the first and second teams.

Riggs has also been selected all-state.

Bound for the University of Hawaii, the powerful 5-foot-9 standout produced 373 kills in 2012 to help lead the Pirates to a 19-3 record and a second-place finish in conference. Riggs' 748 kills in two seasons puts her at No. 2 on the all-time OCC list. Only Kiwi Winkler (895 kills from 2005 to 2006) had more in Pirates annals.

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Riggs was a first-team all-conference performer as a freshmen, when she also led the state in regular-season kills. She hit .321 as a sophomore, when she contributed 195 digs and 26 aces.

Also earning first-team recognition for a second straight season from OCC were setter Allison Lumsden and middle blocker Morgan Link.

Sophomore libero Andi Frisina and sophomore opposite Isabel Emrich were both second-team honorees for the second straight year.

Lumsden had 698 assists in 2012 and her 1,456 career assists rank No. 5 all-time at OCC.

The 6-1 Link led the Pirates with 16 solo blocks and 23 block assists in 2012. She had 115 kills and hit .378.

Frisina produced a team-best 270 digs and 29 aces. Her 655 career digs are third-best all-time at OCC.

Emrich, who has signed to continue her career at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, had 64 kills, 51 digs, 11 aces, 16 block assists and three solo blocks to help Coach Chuck Cutenese's Pirates hold the No. 2 state ranking for much of the season.

Orange Coast freshman Kourtney Chadderdon, a middle blocker who had 45 kills, received honorable mention.

— From staff reports

Lions' Davidson

Player of Year

Vanguard University junior forward Jordan Davidson has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's soccer, while the Lions' Randy Dodge was Coach of the Year.

Davidson, who amassed a conference-leading 18 goals, while adding 10 assists, tops five Lions named all-conference. She was twice named GSAC Offensive Player of the Week.

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