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Holmes, Olson, Others Honored
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 03/04/2013
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REDDING, Calif. --- Each year five major awards are given by the National Christian College Athletic Association West Region. Saturday, California Baptist University claimed three of those five awards.

Simone Holmes was named Player of the Year, Lesley Vodicska was named Defender of the Year and Head Coach Jarrod Olson was honored as the Coach of the Year.

In addition to the major awards, the NCCAA also released its All-West Region teams. CBU had four athletes honored across the first team, second team and honorable mentions. This is more than any other team in the West Region.

Holmes was the only Lancer named to the first team, while Vodicska and Jasmine Beverly were both named to the second team. Myriah Hicks was the fourth player from CBU to be honored; she was named an honorable mention.

Olson's honor as Coach of the Year is the first time CBU has had a Coach of the Year since Dave King in the 1989-1990 season. He led the Lancers to the PacWest championship and a postseason berth in his first year with the team.

Through the end of the regular season, Holmes leads the team by averaging 14.7 points per game; she is second on the team with 56 steals and fourth with 49 assists.

Vodicska was a beast on the boards and with the ball this season, averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, and dishing out a team-leading 91 assists.

Beverly, at times, was the most dominant player on the court throughout the regular season. She picked up 223 total rebounds (8.6 per game), and she was also the Lancers third leading scorer with 11.2 points per game.

Hicks, All-PacWest first team one year ago, was the team's emotional leader throughout the regular season. She took an astounding number of fouls, resulting in 161 free throws. She made 123 of those, leading the team shooting .764 from the line. She was also second in overall scoring, making 12.4 points per game, second in assists and third in steals.

These Lancers will continue play into the NCCAA postseason beginning later this week.

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