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CWU Volleyball Player Named All-American

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3) -- Central Washington University sophomore Brandie Vea (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani HS) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II All-America Team, announced Wednesday.

Vea, who earned honorable mention All-American honors after a record-setting campaign with the Wildcats this season, had previously been named to the all-West Region first team. She is the seventh AVCA All-American selection from Central Washington in the past five years.

"Brandie had a very good year and I am thrilled she has been recognized as an All-American," CWU head coach Mario Andaya said. "Her work ethic and ability to perform consistently at a high level has made her one of the best in her position."

Vea finished the season ranking second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in digs with a school-record 6.08 digs per set. In addition to her school-record per-set average, she also became the first player in the history of the Wildcat program with more than 600 digs in a single season, totaling 626. She also posted the four highest single-match dig totals in school history, including a conference-record-tying 50 digs in a four-set win over Sonoma State on Sept. 5 at Nicholson Pavilion.

Vea joins teammate Rachael Schurman (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) and former Wildcat greats Kristin Pasley (2006), LeAnne McGahuey (2004 and 2005), Crystal Ames (2005), and Kate Reome (2004) as AVCA All-Americans in the past five years. Schurman was an honorable mention All-American pick last season and earned honorable mention all-West Region honors this season.

Central Washington finished 16-12 overall and in fifth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with an 8-8 league record. The Wildcats lost six seniors from their 2008 squad.