CCAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year
2011-12 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Elias Tuma, UC San Diego (Baseball)
UC San Diego’s Elias Tuma is the second male student-athlete from UCSD in as many years to earn the CCAA’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The announcement comes just weeks after he was selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team for the second year in a row. Tuma, a native of Fremont, Calif., earned a spot on the Academic All-America Second Team, possessing a remarkable 3.93 cumulative GPA as a Cognitive Science major at UCSD's Muir College.
The senior right-handed relief pitcher capped off a superb playing career by appearing in 28 games in 2012, giving him 82 trips to the hill over his four seasons, the most by any Triton in program history. Tuma led the CCAA in appearances for the second consecutive season and he also registered three saves in 2012 to finish with 13 in his career, which ranks second on UCSD's all-time list.
Overall in 2012, Tuma finished with a 3.83 ERA and struck out 37 batters over 40 innings of work and never walked more than one batter in a single outing. He totaled three combined shutouts, the most on the Triton’s pitching staff this season. In 19 conference outings, he posted a stellar 1.86 ERA and held opponents to a .237 batting average, and on Apr. 1 at Cal State Stanislaus, he struck out a career-high six hitters.
Past Winners: CCAA Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year (1989-present)
2011-12 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Keala Peterson, Sonoma State (Volleyball)
Sonoma State’s Keala Peterson becomes the first female student-athlete in SSU’s history to earn the CCAA’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Last December, the native of Sebastopol, Calif. was also tabbed as the Capital One Division II Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II volleyball, which is the nation’s top scholastic honor. She joined five other Division II volleyball student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, holding a 3.96 grade point average as a double major in Anthropology and Psychology.
On the court, Peterson earned AVCA All-American honors for the third straight season after leading the Seawolves to a program-best 23-7 record, a second-place finish in the CCAA standings and an appearance in the NCAA Division II West Region final for the first time in school history. After leading the CCAA with 380 kills as a senior this past season, the senior outside hitter was selected to the 2011 All-American Honorable Mention squad, adding to an already impressive collegiate resume. She was a Third Team All-American performer as a sophomore in 2009 and an Honorable Mention All-American honoree as a junior in 2010.
Peterson added 249 digs and 51 blocks, securing spots on the CCAA All-Conference and AVCA All-West Region teams, also for the third consecutive year. She wrapped up her three-year career in the Seawolf uniform as the school's all-time leader in kills per set with 3.72, accumulating 1,089 total kills, a mark that is good for fifth on SSU’s all-time kills list.
Past Winners: CCAA Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year (1989-present)