Alexia Orenday - Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week

Alexia Orenday - Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week


San Diego Mesa College soccer player Alexia Orenday and San Diego City College volleyball player Chloe Gruwell are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.

Orenday, a sophomore forward from Bonita Vista High School, has been a huge force as Mesa has gotten off to a roaring start of 6-0-0 on the season and 2-0 in PCAC South Division play. Last week, Orenday scored the game-winning goal on Tuesday as the Olympians opened PCAC South play with a 2-0 victory over Cuyamaca. She came back Friday with a goal and an assist as Mesa defeated Cuyamaca 7-0.

Orenday is the leading scorer on an Olympians team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's most recent poll that was released last week.

Gruwell, a sophomore outside hitter from Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, had 12 kills, 20 digs and seven service aces as City College defeated Los Angeles Harbor 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21. 

On Saturday, in the San Diego City College Tournament, Gruwell notched 45 kills, 60 digs and 16 service aces as the Knights went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Cuyamaca 3-0 and Chaffey 3-0 before losing to Pima (Arizona) Community College 3-2 – then came back in a one-set playoff for the tourney title in which City defeated Pima 25-17.

Honorable mention was awarded to Cuyamaca golfer Jule Loibl, San Diego Miramar soccer player Nicole Alvarado and Grossmont volleyball player Kiersten Kerch. Loibl, a freshman out of Steele Canyon High School, medaled with a 75 in the third PCAC match of the season, as the Coyotes remained unbeaten by defeating the other conference teams head-to-head at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. She's taken medalist honors in two of the first three conference matches.

Alvarado, a freshman forward from San Diego Miramar, led the Jets to their first PCAC North Division under new coach Mike Gentry, scoring the only two goals of the game in a 2-0 victory over defending North Division champion Mt. San Jacinto.

Kerch, a freshman opposite from Patrick Henry High School, had a breakout weekend in the G-House's victories in the Grossmont Quad over Riverside City College 25-15, 2628, 25-18, 25-13 and Palomar 25-20, 25-22, 25-19. In the RCC match, Kiersten hit .500 with a .571 kill percentage and against Palomar she had 13 kills, only 2 errors and hit .478.