RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College junior Ciera Clark (Granite Bay, Calif./Del Oro) has been named to the 2014 All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Softball First Team, according to balloting released on Tuesday. The CACC also announced that Felician junior Haylee Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) was elected to the all-conference softball Second Team.
The CACC's all-conference teams and special award winners were voted upon by its 14 head coaches. Winners will be formally honored at the annual CACC Softball Awards Banquet to be held tonight on the campus of Georgian Court University.
Clark, a 5-foot-8 first-baseman, is Felician's first softball First Team selection since the honorees were split into two teams in 2003. In 38 games, she batted .445 with 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in, all single-season Golden Falcon records. She added 13 doubles, one triple, and 35 runs scored, and leads the CACC in on-base percentage (.543) and slugging percentage (.855). Clark won or shared the league's Player-of-the-Week award three times.
"Ciera works extremely hard at everything she does on and off the field, and that is the key to her success," said Felician head coach Chris Foye. "She is one of the most talented players I have ever coached, and won a few games for us almost single-handedly."
Clark is an all-CACC honoree for the second time. She was an honorable-mention choice in 2013. With a year left to play, she has already become Felician's career leader in doubles and RBI, and matched the all-time home run record. She is a 2011 graduate of Del Oro High of Loomis, Calif.
Williams, a 5-foot-2 outfielder, was an at-large selection to the All-CACC Second Team, and was the Golden Falcons' leadoff hitter for most of the year. In 38 games, she set the single-season school record with 37 runs scored, and batted .309 with one home run, 13 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .447. She ranks second in the CACC with 19 stolen bases.
"Haylee made some game-changing plays this year on both sides of the ball," Foye said. "When she was moved to the leadoff spot she really gave our offense a spark. Her dedication and commitment allow her to get the most out of her ability."
Williams is in her first year at Felician after transferring from Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Calif. She is a 2011 graduate of Carlsbad (Calif.) High.
Felician completed 2014 with a won-lost record of 19-22, a four-win improvement over the previous season. The Golden Falcons finished ninth in the CACC with an 11-15 league mark, missing the conference playoffs by two games.
Felician has now had seven student-athletes earn all-conference honors this academic year.
The complete 2014 All-CACC Softball Teams and special award winners can be viewed at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/sball/2013-14/releases/20140429-sballconference.