Dec. 31, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of New Mexico sophomore Chantale Riddle picked up yet another accolade for her efforts during the 2012 volleyball season as she was named to COBRA Magazine's All-National second team as announced by the publication last week.
Riddle was among nearly 50 Division I players recognized by COBRA, a magazine dedicated to the coverage and promotion of African-American volleyball players. She was also one of two Mountain West student-athletes honored by the magazine. Colorado State senior Brieon Paige was named to COBRA's third team.
This is one of many awards Riddle has earned for her record-setting sophomore season. Earlier this month, she was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as she was named to the All-West Region first team and earned AVCA All-America honorable mention, becoming the youngest Lobo in program history to earn national honors.
At the end of November, the Roswell, N.M., native was named to the Mountain West Volleyball All-Conference team.
The 6-foot, right-side hitter was the Lobos' go-to player, leading the team on offense in nearly every match this season. Riddle played all six rotations and among players in the West region (comprised of 30 teams), she was No. 4 in points/set and No. 5 in kills/set, averaging 4.19 and 4.87, respectively. Nationally, Riddle ranks 29th for points and 41st for kills. She was also 25th in the region in blocking (1.07/set).
Riddle crushed the Lobo volleyball record for single-season points with 599.0. The previous record was set by two-time first-team All-American Pauline Manser who had 565.0 in 1991.
She also sits atop the single-season record for total attempts in both Mountain West and Lobo volleyball history and claims the MW sophomore record in that category. Riddle took 1,351 swings this season -- 137 more than the previous Lobo record of 1,214 set by Jenny Pavley in 1996. The previous MW record for total attempts was 1,251 (Courtney Cox of Colorado State, 2000) and the previous sophomore record for the league was 1,221 (Airial Salvo of Utah, 2006). Her 728 total attempts in conference matches is also an MW overall and sophomore record.
Riddle's 114 block assists and her 131 total blocks rank her No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in UNM single-season history.
The Lobo standout finished with 299 digs, 32 set assists, 17 solo blocks and 10 ace serves and was flawless on serve receive in her 27 attempts.
She began earning recognition early in the season as Riddle was named Tournament MVP at both the Sheraton Airport/L.A. Boxing Lobo Classic and the Sheraton Airport/Comcast Lobo Invitational and made the Oklahoma Invitational All-Tournament team. She was also named the MW Player of the Week on Sept. 3.