UHH’s Lee Earns PWC Softball POTY Award
University of Hawai`i at Hilo softball player Rebecca Lee has only been with the Vulcans for a season, but her immediate impact with the team in guiding them to a share of the PacWest Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA West 2 Regional has landed her the conference’s highest honor.
The conference announced Thursday that Lee was named the PacWest Player of the Year in 2013. The transfer from East Carolina University was also named to the conference’s third team at shortstop.
Lee played all 56 games for a team that went 39-17 and finished the season in a tie for the top of the PacWest with Dixie State. A tiebreaker gave the Vulcans the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA regionals, where they were seeded seventh, and will face the Red Storm today in St. George.
Lee led the team in batting average (.429), hits (76), doubles (21), walks (22), and slugging percentage (.633). She drove in 41 runs batted in and blasted five home runs out of the park. She also stole 23 bases.
Another Vulcan to earn a top award in the conference was Kristina Victa, a transfer from Cypress College in California. The junior was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year, solidifying awards for the squad’s 1-2 punch at the top of the batting order.
Victa led UHH in runs scored (53), triples (5), and stolen bases (26). She batted .395 with 22 runs batted in. She also received the All-PacWest Second Team award as an outfielder.
Emily Greene added to her all-PWC preseason award with an all-conference first team award at third base. Greene led the Vulcans with eight home runs and 47 runs batted in. She hit .302 on the season.
Player of the Year – Rebecca Lee, Hawai`i Hilo
Pitcher of the Year – Stephanie Pesqueira, Grand Canyon
Newcomer of the Year – Kristina Victa, Hawai`i Hilo
Freshman of the Year – Jessica Avila, California Baptist
Coach of the Year – Steve Rianda, Notre Dame de Namur
All-PacWest First Team
First Base – Anna Cue, Dixie State
Second Base – Kylee Bufton, Dixie State
Shortstop – Johnna Brown, Dixie State
Third Base – Emily Greene, Hawai`i Hilo
Outfield – Kayla Henry, Grand Canyon
Outfield – Chante Tesoro, Hawai`i Pacific
Outfield – Claire Zampini, Grand Canyon
Catcher – Savannah Miller, Notre Dame de Namur
Pitcher – Sammy McConvey, Notre Dame de Namur
Pitcher – Stephanie Pesqueira, Grand Canyon
Alternate – Rachel Meyer, California Baptist
Alternate – Siera Phillips, Dixie State
Alternate – Alysia Maddison, Hawai`i Pacific
All-PacWest Second Team
First Base – Sloan McHann, California Baptist
Second Base – Mara Rodriguez, California Baptist
Shortstop – Rayna Strom-Okimoto, Chaminade
Third Base – Dorian Acierto, Hawai`i Pacific
Outfield – Keila Elderts, Hawai`i Pacific
Outfield – Jaelle Judkins, Dixie State
Outfield – Kristina Victa, Hawai`i Hilo
Catcher – Marla Reiter, Dixie State
Pitcher – Jessica Vaila, California Baptist
Pitcher – Kiki Sepulveda, Grand Canyon
Alternate – Tumamaopavaiai Enos, Chaminade
Alternate – Kailey Regester, Grand Canyon
Alternate – Hillary Ruddick, Notre Dame de Namur
All-PacWest Third Team
First Base – Lauren Regester, Grand Canyon
Second Base – Nicole Newbury, Grand Canyon
Shortstop – Rebecca Lee, Hawai`i Hilo
Third Base – Kori Berinobis, Chaminade
Outfield – Courtney Hine, Dixie State
Outfield – Sylia Honne, Notre Dame de Namur
Outfield – Haily MacDonald, Academy of Art
Catcher – Nicole Morrow, Hawai`i Pacific
Pitcher – Kristen Caskey, Hawai`i Pacific
Pitcher – Michelle Duncan, Dixie State
Alternate – Kaydi Kochi, Notre Dame de Namur
Alternate – Kaitlyn Watanabe, Chaminade