For The Madera Tribune
Junior Dominique Andrews of the UC Merced women’s volleyball team has earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors, as announced this by the NAIA Selection Committee on Tuesday.
Andrews, also a 2018 All-California Pacific Conference First Team member and a two-time player of the week, broke the Bobcats’ single-season record with 354 kills. She averaged 3.7 kills/set, good for second in the conference and 31st in the NAIA. In the last five years, Andrews’ 3.7 kills/set is tied for sixth in in the Cal Pac.
The former Madera South standout finished the year tallying double figure kills in 17 straight matches and also set the Cal Pac single-match record with 33 kills in a five-set affair against Marymount California University on Oct. 27. Of those 17 double-figure matches, five of them were matches of 20-plus kills.
Andrews more than doubled her kills total from her sophomore campaign and if she has a senior season somewhat similar to this year, Andrews can become the second player in program history to reach 1,000 kills.
Andrews was also efficient as she hit over .250 in seven different matches. Three of her most efficient matches came in the final four games of the season to help the Bobcats clinch their fifth consecutive berth to the California Pacific Conference Championships.
Defensively, the Bobcats’ latest All-American registered 59 digs and 37 blocks, eight solo.
Andrews is the first All-American in program history and ninth Bobcat to earn the elite status amongst UC Merced’s eight intercollegiate sports.
Andrews was an All-Madera Tribune girls volleyball Most Valuable player and was named to the All-Madera Tribune team twice. She also earned County/Metro Athletic Conference first team honors her senior year and second team honors her sophomore year.