FRC volleyball team receives recognition

James Wilson
Sports Editor

Just because the 2013 successful season is over for Feather River College’s volleyball team, it doesn’t mean the celebrations have halted. Once all the smoke cleared, the team was recognized in abundance for its excellence.

Multiple players received accolades from the conference, region, state and nation last week. Six players on the team were recognized for their contributions to the team, which won the Golden Valley Conference championship and went undefeated in conference play for the fourth year in a row.

FRC libero Nina Holmes really hit the jackpot with some prestigious awards. First, Holmes was awarded Most Valuable Player in the Golden Valley Conference. Holmes was then named on the all-NorCal team, all-state team and the second team all-American.

Holmes is FRC volleyball’s second recipient of the all-American award in the last two years, with Marilyn Agae having received the honors last year. Only the top 36 players at the junior-college level in the nation receive this honor each year. Holmes was presented the award at a banquet in San Francisco on Dec. 6.

In addition to Holmes’ all-American award, four players from the team were named all-conference and one received an honorable mention. Marinda Thomas, Stephanie Ovitz, Jessica Jackson and Abbie Mikelson were named first team all-conference, while Kelsey Phipps received an all-conference honorable mention.

The team’s accolades will help the program finish its goal of obtaining scholarships to four-year universities for its players. Last year, every eligible player received full-ride scholarships and went on to play for larger schools.

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