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CONTACT: Grace Smith
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Dec. 10, 2003


Santa Monica College women’s volleyball coach Wendy Dreher has been named 2003 Southern California Regional Coach of the Year and Western State Conference Southern Division Coach of the Year.

Dreher, who led her team to the second round of the state playoffs this year, just finished her second season as women’s volleyball coach at SMC. She was also named WSC Southern Division Coach of the Year in 2002.

Posting an 18-4 record, including playoffs, the 2003 team bested their 13-6 record last year. Among this year’s standout players were outside hitter Katherine Shorey, who was named “Conference Player of the Year” and made the All-State and Southern California Regional teams, and setter Chelsea Baiz, who made the Southern California Regional Team.

Before taking over at SMC, Dreher had served as the first assistant at nearby College of the Canyons for three years. While at COC, the Cougars won back-to-back Western State Conference titles in 1999 and 2000.

Dreher played volleyball for California State University at Los Angeles, where she started at the opposite hitting position each of her four years. In her freshman season, the Golden Eagles finished fourth in the nation at the Division II level. She earned all honors for her performance during her senior year and is on the all-time career lists in block solos, block assists, and aces at CSULA.

Aside from coaching at SMC, Dreher, of Canyon Country, teaches fourth grade at Mint Canyon Elementary School in Canyon Country.


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