YUMA, AZ – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released their Division 1 Softball All-Americans on Wednesday morning, and two Lady Matadors were selected to the First Team.
Arizona Western College’s Robyn Alvara was named to the First Team as an infielder, while Bethany Olea was named to the First Team in the utility position.
“This is the perfect ending to a great season,” said AWC Head Softball Coach Nikki Bethurum. “To have two of our players recognized as All-Americans, and then as 1st Team All-Americans is great. Robyn had a great season as she broke the all-time school record for homeruns in a season and for her career here at AWC. Bethany was inches from breaking the single season batting average record and we hope her strong play continues into next season where she will look to repeat as an All-American.”
Sophomore first baseman Robyn Alvara led the Lady Matadors in 2014 with a team best 22 homeruns and a team best 78 RBI’s. Alvara finished the year with a .368 batting average, a .436 on base percentage, and a .772 slugging percentage.
Freshman infielder Bethany Olea led the Lady Matadors with a batting average of .464 in her 207 at-bats. Olea recorded eight homeruns with 63 RBI’s, and an on base percentage of .515 to go along with her .700 slugging percentage.
“It’s great to see both Robyn (Alvara) and Bethany (Olea) get this kind of recognition,” said AWC Athletics Director Jerry Smith. “Both did an excellent job this season. Robyn had a great two year run here at Arizona Western and is currently undecided on where she will attend school in the fall. We look forward to welcoming back Bethany for the upcoming 2015 season and watch her build on her strong start as a Lady Matador.”
The Lady Matadors saw their season come to a close last Thursday in the NJCAA National Softball Tournament with a pair of losses to Central Florida and Southern Union State. AWC ended their season ranked second in the nation with an overall record of 49-9. With the Lady Matadors season ending sooner than expected, the team was able to get back to Yuma to have their five sophomores walk across the stage to receive their degrees from Arizona Western College.