SSU volleyball: Peterson named CCAA's top scholar athlete

By MICHAELCOIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Add conference scholar athlete to former Sonoma State volleyball great Keala Peterson’s honors.

Just weeks after graduating from Sonoma State, the former Analy high great was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Peterson is the first female student-athlete ever at Sonoma State to receive the conference’s top academic award given to one male and one female athlete each year.

The award is made by the Faculty Athletic Representatives from each of the conference’s 12 schools. To be nominated, student athletes must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average and have completed eligibility in their sport.

Completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology, Peterson finished college with a 3.96 grade-point average.

The honors keep coming for Peterson, a record-setting outside hitter who helped lead Sonoma State to its most successful volleyball season in school history. The Seawolves finished 23-7, advancing to the NCAA Division II West Region final for the first time ever.

Earlier, Peterson earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honors. She smashed a CCAA-best 380 kills to the hardwood as a senior.

Peterson wrapped up her three-year career in a Seawolves uniform as the school’s all-time leader in kills per set with 3.72, accumulating 1,089 total kills, a mark that is good for fifth on SSU’s all-time kills list.

Adding 249 digs and 51 blocks last fall, Peterson secured spots on the CCAA All-Conference and AVCA All-West Region teams, also for the third consecutive year. For her work in the classroom, Peterson also netted the nation’s top scholastic honor for volleyball. Peterson received the Capital One Division II Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II volleyball, voted on by the nation’s sports information directors.