Soccer players reap first-ever PLNU NCCAA Div.1 All-America honors
by PLNU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Dec 19, 2012 | 2688 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOMEN’S SOCCER

Leah Porter and Tiffany Kracy of the Point Loma women’s soccer team have been selected to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I All-America First Team.

Kallie Caldwell also picked up an honorable mention.

Porter, a junior from Yorba Linda, started 18 matches as a defender for Point Loma Nazarene University to help anchor the Sea Lions’ backline. PLNU’s defense led the Pacific West Conference in goals allowed and goals against average.

The Sea Lions gave up just 12 goals in 19 matches for 0.60 goals against average. As a team, Point Loma also led the league in shutouts by blanking its opponent in 11 of 19 matches.

Kracy was credited with nine of those shutouts to pace the PacWest. The senior from Whittier led the conference with just 0.53 goals allowed per match. Kracy had a .863 save percentage and 63 saves on the year. This is the second time Kracy has been selected as an All-American. She was also named to the NSCAA All-American team as a freshman and was the only repeat winner on the 2012 squad.

Caldwell, a senior midfielder from Coronado, finished second in the league with eight assists and 0.5 assists per game.

PLNU was 7-0 in matches in which Caldwell records an assist, including in the NCCAA West Regional against Azusa Pacific.

Porter joins Kracy and Breanna Nelson (2005 and 2007) as the only Sea Lions to ever receive NSCAA/-Continental Tire All-America honors. PLNU played in the NAIA at the time.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The honors continue to roll in for Kelli LeClair, who capped off a fantastic freshman season by being named a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) second team All-American on Dec. 13.

LeClair led the Point Loma volleyball team and placed sixth in the PacWest with 3.71 kills per set. The outside hitter from Yucaipa recorded double-figure kills in 22 of the Sea Lions’ 27 matches.

She also registered 12 double-doubles and finished the season with 2.51 digs per set.

LeClair was also named to the All-PacWest team and a San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Month during the season.

PLNU YEAR-END AWARDS

The Point Loma Fall sports teams recently all closed out their 2012 seasons with a year-end banquet during which each team named an MVP and sportsmanship award winner.

In volleyball, Nicole Eiler picked up MVP honors while McKensey Wise was the team’s sportsmanship athlete.

For men’s soccer, Daniel ten Bosch won MVP and Niko Acosta the sportsmanship award.

Kallie Caldwell and Tiffany Kracy shared MVP honors for women’s soccer and Jessica Van Loo was the sportsmanship winner.

In cross country, Breelan Matranga and Kyle Russell took home MVP honors, while Dylan Poorboy and Sarah Feddersen grabbed sportsmanship honors.

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