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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced their All-SCIAC All-Academic Team and Whittier's Alayna Rigo was one of 30 student athletes who earned this recognition.
The All-Academic Team is made up of student-athletes who have at least a 3.40 cumulative grade point average at his/her current institution, must have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution, and must have reached sophomore athletic eligibility. In the case of transfers, graduate students, and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution.
Rigo, an outside hitter who comes from Chino Hills, Calif. earns this academic honor for the first time and finished her second season with the Poets in impressive fashion collecting 413 kills on 1,202 attempts for a .225 hitting percentage. She also collected 14 blocks up front and had seven assists. Not only was she strong up front for the Poets all season but she was versatile in the back row collecting 184 digs and 34 service aces helping her garner 1st Team All-SCIAC Honors.
Rigo helped lead a young Poet squad to Whittier College's first ever SCIAC Post Season berth since the tournament originated three years ago and broke the single season record in kills at Whittier College, which was 401, held by Marnie Day, set in 1986. Rigo smashed this record this year and is now No. 2 in the Whittier College volleyball record books behind fellow teammate Alyssa Sialaris who also broke the single season record putting her on top at No. 1.