Chen repeats as Female Athlete of the Year

Photo by Loren Orr
Photo by Loren Orr

IRVINE, Calif. – Shih Ting (Stella) Chen repeated as the Pacific West Conference Female Athlete of the Year as announced by the conference offices on Tuesday.

Chen became the first ever female to win the award twice in the PacWest's history. She won her fourth-consecutive PacWest Player of the Year award in 2014, another conference first, after leading the league in kills per set (5.14) and ranking eighth in hitting percentage (.295) and 12th in digs per set (3.62). She was the Ron Lenz Daktronics National Player of the Year and an AVCA First-Team All-American, ranking second in the nation in kills and points per set.  She finished her career as BYU-Hawaii's career leader in kills (1,812) and the NCAA Division II leader in kills per set (4.82) in the rally-scoring, 25-point set era (2008-present).

Troy Leaf of Azusa Pacific was selected as the Male Athlete of the Year after an outstanding senior year. The PacWest Men's Basketball Player of the Year led the conference and ranked in the top-10 in the nation in scoring (22.7 ppg). He earned All-American and All-Region honors from the NABC and Daktronics, and was the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year. Leaf was the NCAA West Regional MVP, leading the Cougars to their first-ever regional title. He recorded 17 20-point games, including a career-high 39-point performance against Dixie State.

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