Four final-four bound WWU players named to Daktronics All-West Region Team

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Nov. 25, 2013

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - NCAA Division II West Region champion Western Washington, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Women's Final Four for the first time with a 2-0 win over St. Edwards on Sunday, and Cal State Stanislaus placed a region-high four players on the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-West Region Teams.

Region Player of the Year honors went to Cal State Stanislaus senior forward Karenee Demery, whose 52 points led the nation, highlighting Monday's release of the annual postseason awards sponsored by Daktronics, Inc. and voted on by the region's sports information directors.

Vikings senior forward Kristin Maris -- the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year and a 2012 Daktronics All-American honorable mention -- and sophomore forward Catherine Miles, as well as junior defender Brianna Jones all were voted to the first team. Junior midfielder Kim Cooper received second-team honors.

Western Washington (20-1-1) will travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Final Four. The Vikings will face reigning champion West Florida in a semifinal match on Dec. 5. The winner will then see the other semifinal winner, either Grand Valley State -- which has appeared in three of the last four championship games and won twice -- or American International, for the national championship on Dec. 7.

Demery, who was named the CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year for the third time, becomes a four-time All-American with her selection to the first team. She is joined by senior defender Emily Relles on the first team. Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Lewandowski and junior forward Katelyn Nebesnick were named to the second team.

California Baptist, Central Washington, and Sonoma State all landed three players on the All-Region Team.

Senior forward Kelly Jenks, the Pacific West Conference Player of the Year, led California Baptist to an inaugural trip to the post-season. She is joined on the first team by midfielder Bernadette Witz and second feam selection, senior defender Kristen Witchey. The trio becomes the first Daktronics Division II All-Region award winners in program history, with CBU in its first full year as a member of the NCAA after transitioning from the NAIA the past two seasons.

Central Washington was led by junior midfielder Danielle Brandli, who earned first-team honors. Junior midfielder Savanna Moorehouse and senior defender Tarah Duty were named to the second team.

Sonoma State junior midfielder Lauren Curtin and senior defender Lauren Fryer each earned first team nods while senior forward Cara Curtin was named to the second team for the Seawolves.

Cal State San Bernardino goalkeeper Chelsey Jones was named the first-team All-Region goalkeeper. She was named the CCAA Defensive MVP and helped the Coyotes to their second NCAA appearance in school history.

Rounding out the first-team selections were sophomore midfielder Laura Moore of Seattle Pacific and senior defender Kristin Mihara of Cal Poly Pomona.

All 13 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West Region First Team selections will now be included on the All-America ballot. The 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team will be announced on Dec. 4, three days prior to the Division II Championship.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Ten total Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer players earned 2013 Daktronics All-West Region honors, including five on the first team.

2013 GNAC Player of the Year Kristin Maris highlighted a list of four Western Washington players receiving Daktronics All-West Region honors. Sophomore forward Catherine Miles and junior defender Brianna Jones joined Maris on the first team.

Miles led the GNAC in scoring, and pushed her season total to 15 with a goal in the Vikings' 2-0 Division II quarterfinal victory over St. Edward's on Sunday afternoon. Maris contributed 10 goals this season for WWU, and Jones earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Year honors while pushing forward for four goals offensively.

Junior Danielle Brandli of Central Washington and sophomore Laura Moore of Seattle Pacific also received first-team Daktronics All-West Region honors. Brandli helped the Wildcats to their first-ever GNAC tournament berth, leading CWU with nine goals this season. Moore was the Falcons' leading scorer with eight goals, and she also turned in four assists in 21 starts this season.

Second-team Daktronics All-West Region honors went to Kim Cooper of WWU, Savanna Moorehouse and Tarah Duty of CWU, Shayla Page of SPU and Becca Hoiland of Western Oregon.

Cooper, a junior this season, anchored the Vikings' midfield and started all 22 games for a team that has allowed just eight goals all season.

Moorehouse played in tandem with Brandli up front for CWU, contributing six goals and four assists this season. Senior defender Tarah Duty, who led the Wildcats with six assists, started all 18 matches on CWU's back line.

Page, named a second-team Daktronics All-West region pick for the second year in a row, started all 22 games for the Falcons and was the team's defensive anchor. Page's effort helped her team capture its first-ever GNAC tournament championship title.

Hoiland, another senior defender, started all 19 games for WOU and was a key contributor to the team's GNAC-leading 12 shutouts. She helped the Wolves reach the GNAC tournament for the second-straight season.

Maris repeated as a first-team Daktronics All-West Region selection for the second-straight season, while Jones was a second-team pick in 2012. Nine of the Daktronics All-West Region selections were first-team all GNAC picks, and one earned second-team all conference honors.