Pierce’s Volpis and Mardini and Player & Coach of the Year; Citrus’ Castro Libero of Year

Los Angeles Pierce College claimed it's second straight Western State Conference East Division Women's Volleyball Championship and third straight overall in 2017. As a result the Brahmas were home to two of the top three awards in the division, when sophomore outside hitter Sharon Volpis was named the division's Most Valuable Player and Head Coach Nabil Mardini the Coach of the Year. Runner-up Citrus was home to the final award winner in freshman libero Natalia Castro who was named the Libero of the Year. 

It's the third straight year and 10th time overall that Mardini garnered the Coach of the Year nod. In his 17th season in charge of the Brahmas Mardini led them to a 23-8 overall mark, 8-0 record in WSC East play, #5 seed in the Southern California playoffs, and to the regional finals of the CCCAA SoCal Post-Season. 

Volpis played a large role in that for the Brahmas. Volpis was third overall in the WSC in total kills with 330 on the season. She averaged 3.27 kills per set at a .207 clip, adding 111 kills, and 25 total blocks. 

Castro finished third in the WSC East in digs per set, averaging 3.36 on the season. In conference games only Castro averaged 4.68 digs a game. Castro finished the year with 339 total digs, and 22 aces. 

2017 Women's Volleyball All-Western State Conference East Division List