SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kaimi Rocha has been named an NCAA Division III Second Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Associaton (AVCA), becoming the first Pirate All-American in volleyball since 2005. Bree Riddle received honorable mention consideration.
Rocha (Sr., OH, Pukalani, Hawaii) is a two-time First Team All-Region selection and two-time Northwest Conference Player of the Year. She led the NWC in points per set (4.3), kills per set (3.68) and total kills (331). She also ranks fourth in the conference in total service aces (34). She was voted as the NWC Player of the Week three times this season. Despite playing in only one match at the 2011 NCAA West Region tournament, she was selected to the All-West Regional team.
Rocha becomes Whitworth's first All-America in volleyball since Natalie Danielson was selected as a First Team honoree in 2005.
Bree Riddle (Sr., S, Spokane, Wash. - Freeman) received honorable mention consideration to the All-American team. Riddle led the Northwest Conference in total assists (919) and assists per set (10.21) this fall. In addition, she sets herself apart from other setters by making herself an offensive threat (nearly 1.0 kills per set) and a blocking threat (0.4 bps).
"Kaimi and Bree are truely deserving of such an honor for their hard work and leadership this season," Whitworth head coach Steve Rupe said.
The pair of Pirates led Whitworth into the NCAA Division III tournament this season. The Pirates fell to eventual regional champion Cal Lutheran in five sets last Friday night. It was Whitworth's second straight NWC championship and second straight trip to the national tournament. The Pirates finished the season with a 19-7 record.