The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference
Rebecca Bates and Ayesha Hein claimed academic all-conference honors.
Ayesha Hein's 3.99 GPA was the best of all 57 Academy honorees.
Maiya Perich became the program's seventh player to claimed academic all-MW honors all four years.
The recruiting class earned High Honorable Mention distinction from PrepVolleyball.com.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2013: Named the team's Defensive Player of the Year...one of just four Falcons to play in all 120 sets...was a member of the starting rotation for 23 contests, including seven as the libero...led the team with 309 digs...that total is ranked sixth on the program's Division I single-season list...ranked 10th in the Mountain West with a 2.94 digs-per-set average in conference contests...accounted for a career-high 19 digs against Utah Valley...added 18 digs in contests at San Jose State, at Fresno State and in the home victory over Wyoming...posted 10 additional multi-dig matches...led the team in that category during 11 contests...accounted for 20 service aces on that year...recorded a season-high three aces twice, including the season-opener at Denver and the victory over Wyoming...added 43 assists, highlighted by a career-best five at Nevada...tallied kills against eighth-ranked Stanford and San Diego State...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2012: Saw action in 102 sets...was in the starting rotation for eight matches...ranked third on the team with 156 digs...added 17 service aces, 24 assists and four kills...collected a career-high 14 digs against Colorado...also tallied double-digit digs against North Dakota State (13), Arkansas State (11), Denver (11) and Navy (10)...posted a career-high and team-leading four service aces against Denver...also tallied a multi-ace matches against Navy, with two...collected a personal-best four assists against San Diego State...tallied more than one helper in six additional matches...recorded first collegiate kill against Army...also tallied kills against Fresno State and during both matches with Boise State...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Villa Maria Academy...coached by Joe Boland...four-year letterwinner for volleyball...two-time team MVP...served as team captain during junior and senior seasons...four-time member of the all-league team...named to the all-Main Line team during final three seasons...all-state, all-district and all-area selection as a junior and senior...set school record for digs per match against Mountain Saint Joseph Academy (66)...also set school record for career digs with 1,750...broke previous record by 500 digs...member of the Spanish Honor Society and the Math Honor Society...graduated with distinguished honors...also graduated with First Honors...competed at the club level for Synergy Volleyball Club...coached by Rich Johnson...finished second at the USA Junior Nationals at both the 17 Open and 18 Open levels...named to the second-team of the PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandies in 2012...also earned the website's Senior Ace award in 2012.
PERSONAL: Full name is Rebecca Brannen Bates...daughter of Bill and Diana Bates...nicknames are "Becca" and "Bex"...has one older sister, Devon Riley, who is currently a captain in the U.S. Army...majoring in foreign area studies...future plans include working in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI)...served as Squadron Superintendent during the first session of Basic Cadet Training this summer...also traveled to Morocco as a part of the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program and completed Operation Air Force at Beale AFB in California...grandfather, Bill Bates, was a lieutenant colonel in the Marines...grandfather, Bill Sykes, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force...greatest personal moments in sports includes verbally committing to the Academy in April of junior year and getting to the national championships two years in a row...member of Cadet Squadron 29.