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Demery named West Region Player of the Year for third time
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Is isn't too much of a surprise that Karenee Demery was named Daktronics/CoSIDA West Region Player of the Year award for the third time, it was announced on Monday. The senior forward led the Warriors to an undefeated regular season and a second CCAA Championship this fall.
The Warriors tied NCAA Division II West Region champion Western Washington, each with four student-athletes on the all-region teams, as selected by the region's sports information directors.
Demery finished with 21 goals, 10 assists, 52 points and six game-winning goals, leading Cal State Stanislaus in all four statistical categories. She ranked among the top five in the country in goals, points per game (2.48) and goals per game (1.0) en route to her third CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year honor.
Demery is joined by teammates senior defender Emily Relles on the First Team, who received the award for the second consecutive year. Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Lewandowski and junior forward Katelyn Nebesnick were named to the Second Team. This is Demery's fourth Daktronics All-Region award. She was also named the West Region's player of the year in 2010 and 2012.
California Baptist, Central Washington, and Sonoma State all landed three players on the All-Region Team.
Senior forward Kelly Jenks, the PacWest Player of the Year, led the Lancers to an inaugural trip to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. She is joined on the First Team by midfielder Bernadette Witz and Second Team selection, senior defender Kristen Witchey. The trio becomes the first Daktronics Division II All-Region award winners in program history, with CBU in its first full year as a member of the NCAA after transitioning from the NAIA the past two seasons.
Central Washington was led by junior midfielder Danielle Brandli, who earned First Team honors. Junior midfielder Savanna Moorehouse and senior defender Tarah Duty were named to the Second Team. Sonoma State junior midfielder Lauren Curtin and senior defender Lauren Fryer each earned First Team nods while senior forward Cara Curtin was named to the Second Team for the Seawolves.
Cal State San Bernardino goakeeper Chelsey Jones was named the the First Team All-Region goalkeeper. She was named the CCAA Defensive MVP and helped the Coyotes to their second NCAA appearance in school history.
Rounding out the First Team selections were sophomore midfielder Laura Moore of Seattle Pacific and senior defender Kristin Mihara of Cal Poly Pomona.
All 13 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West Region First Team selections will now be included on the All-America ballot. The 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team will be announced on Dec. 4, three days prior to the Division II Championship.