Falcons impress GNAC, West Region

Accolades piled up for Seattle Pacific athletes from virtually every program this fall season.

In men’s soccer, senior midfielder Tyler Schultz was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, and junior defender Jon Pearman was named GNAC Defender of the Year.

In addition to his recognition from the league, Schultz was also named the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year. Pearman and junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson joined Schultz on the Daktronics All-West Region First Team.

All-GNAC First-Team selections included Schultz, Pearman, Johnson and junior midfielder Caleb Nyone.

Senior midfielder Drew Williams was selected to the Second Team.

Sophomore midfielder Kodiac Gamble, junior midfielder Chris Morris and junior defender Brandon Kuenzi received honorable mentions in GNAC all-star voting.

Women’s soccer players received numerous awards as well. Like the men, they had the GNAC Player of the Year and GNAC Defender of the Year in senior midfielder Kelsey Jenkins and junior defender Taylor Sawyer, respectively.

Freshman forward Riley Dopps was named GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year.

Daktronics West Region First-Team selections included Jenkins, Sawyer and junior forward Megan Lindsay.

Jenkins, Sawyer, Lindsay and sophomore forward Kellie Zakrzewski were selected to the GNAC First Team.

Senior midfielder Brandi Hamre was named to the Second Team, along with junior defender Andrea Chan.

Dopps, freshman forward Ali Martin, junior midfielder Brittany Langdon and sophomore defender Josie Graybeal received honorable mentions in all-star voting.

SPU volleyball won its second consecutive GNAC title and saw the individual awards come with its success.

Players were recognized in both the conference and the West Region.

Senior libero Anna Herold and junior setter Shelby Swanson were each selected for the Daktronics All-West Region First Team.

Herold, Swanson and senior outside hitter Lindsey Wodrich were GNAC First-Team selections, while senior outside hitter Paige Hoffman and sophomore middle back Nikki Lowell received honorable mentions.

Women’s cross-country topped off the awards for SPU athletes. Senior Heidi Laabs-Johnson was named GNAC Newcomer of the Year and received All-GNAC and All-West Region selections.

Senior Natty Plunkett received All-GNAC and All-West Region selections as well and was a third-time recipient of the All-GNAC honor.

As for the coaches, head coach Chuck Sekyra of the women’s soccer team was named GNAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading his team to a record of 17-3 (13-1 in conference play) and into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Volleyball head coach Chris Johnson was named GNAC Coach of the Year after a 21-7 (15-3 GNAC) season and an NCAA tournament appearance.

All four SPU fall sports teams saw postseason action this year.

In all, 24 athletes received conference awards.

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Title: Falcons impress GNAC, West Region | Author: Brandon Bergfalk | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2011-11-30 | Internal ID: 7924