Volleyball Pair Earns Academic Honor

Alyssa Mason and Amy Weststeyn honored.

Nov. 6, 2014 By Neil Morgan


LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Biola earned its fourth and fifth Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District nods on Thursday, as Amy Weststeyn and Alyssa Mason get named to the college division district four all-district squad.

The senior middle blocker and junior outside hitter have been a rock solid duo on the court this fall and are keeping up just fine in the classroom, well exceeding the minimum grade point average to be considered for this honor (3.3).

This is Weststeyn’s third time making the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. She was named to the Academic All-American second team in 2013. It is the first academic recognition for Mason since joining Biola’s team as a transfer from Pepperdine University last fall. Mason would have met the requirements to earn Academic All-District recognition in 2013, but the student-athlete needs to be a sophomore with at least one full season at their current institution in order to be considered.

Weststeyn and Mason are the top two attackers on the Eagles’ 2014 squad. Weststeyn leads everyone with 387 kills, a new career-high, and Mason is tied with Joclyn Kirton for second on the squad with 296.

The two Eagles are the only volleyball players to represent the Golden State Athletic Conference on this season’s academic all-district squads.

Mason is a communication disorders major and Weststeyn is a journalism and integrated media major.

The pair has led Biola to a 25-4 overall record to this point in the season, and the Eagles have a 13-1 GSAC record to sit atop the conference.

All academic all-district players go on to be considered for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition. The Academic All-American volleyball teams are released Dec. 8.

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