Western Washington University first baseman/utility player Alexie Levin was named last week to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II West Region All-Star team.
Levin, a sophomore from Everett, is the first player in school history to receive first-team honors from the coaches association. WWU has had 11 second-team picks.
Levin batted .424, collecting 59 hits in 139 at bats. She set school single-season records in home runs (10), RBI (47), total bases (103) and slugging percentage (.741).
“Alexie is so deserving of this award as she had a great year for us,” Western head coach Amy Suiter said in a statement released by the school. “She is an all-around athlete, playing multiple positions and led us in almost every offensive category. She is a pleasure to coach, so very humble, and her team and coaching staff are so proud of her for this accomplishment.”
Levin is the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She finished second in the conference in all three triple crown categories (batting average, home runs and RBI) and led in slugging percentage.
Munoz helps USA advance
Kylin Muñoz, a 2009 graduate of Monroe High School, was a member of the United States national women’s volleyball team that qualified for the 2014 world championships over the weekend at a qualifying tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Muñoz, The Herald’s 2013 Woman of the Year in Sports, helped the Americans to a 25-18, 25-5, 25-5 victory over Panama in the title match of the NORCECA World Championship qualification tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The U.S. team finished the tournament with a 4-0 record and advances to the world championships, sscheduled for Sept. 23-Oct. 12 in six Italian cities.
Muñoz, a key member of the University of Washington team that won the Pacific-12 Conference championship and reached the NCAA Final Four, was invited to train with the national team in January. This was her first appearance as a member of the U.S. national team.
UW’s Wolfe on watch list
University of Washington senior outfielder Brian Wolfe was named last week to the watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award. The award is presented annually to college baseball’s “Breakout Player of the Year.”
Wolfe, a graduate of Snohomish High School, was joined on the list by 79 other players from around the country, including UW pitcher Tyler Davis.
Going into this past weekend’s series with No. 2 Oregon State, Wolfe ranked second in the Pac-12 with a .382 batting average and .535 slugging percentage. He also ranked fourth with a .445 on-base percentage and was tied for eighth with 32 RBI. He entered the season with a .215 career average in 200 at-bats over three seasons. As a junior last spring, he hit .233 in 39 games.
The semifinalists are scheduled to be named May 30 at the start of NCAA regional play. The finalists will be announced June 6 at the beginning of the super regionals.
The winner will be named during the College World Series, which runs June 14-25 in Omaha, Neb.
The Olson Award is named after former Auburn University pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top college players in the nation after an initial season filled with mixed results. Olson went on to become a two-time All-American, a first-round pick in the major-league draft, the 1989 American League Rookie of the Year and an MLB All-Star.
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