FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Puget Sound junior Jackie Harvey was selected as the Northwest Conference's Player of the Year to highlight four Loggers earning All-NWC honors. Harvey becomes just the third Logger to win Player of the Year honors and first since Karen Elmgren in 2000.
"We're obviously really pleased with what Jackie has done this year. She has worked extremely hard," said head coach Mark Massey. "This summer, she really committed herself to training to be a national caliber player. I think that is what has been the difference for her. She came into the season with not only the skill, but also the strength, power and endurance to carry the load that a conference player of the year needs to carry for their team."
Harvey had a breakout year to lead the Loggers to a 19-5 overall record and a 13-3 record in NWC matches. The junior from Santa Barbara, Calif. led the NWC with 3.87 kills per set in 2012 and averaged four kills per set in conference matches while hitting .196 on the season. She also ranked 12th in the conference with 4.24 digs per set. She was responsible for 372 of the Loggers points this season, which is also the most in the NWC.
Harvey's Player of the Year honors came in an award-riddled season for the junior outside hitter. She became the first Logger to win national Player Of The Week honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association two weeks ago and has also earned NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
As the NWC's Player of the Year, Harvey earned All-NWC First Team honors for the first time in her career as she earned Second Team honors last season as a sophomore.
"Having four players selected to an All-Conference team doesn't happen very often. I think it shows that our program has a lot of respect from the coaches around the conference," added Massey. "Given the few number of players selected for All-Conference, this says a lot about the strength of these players and of our team."
Junior Jenni Brehove also earned her first career All-NWC honors as she was also selected to the First Team. Her 10.7 assists per set were, by far, the most in the NWC and she averaged just under 11 assists per set in NWC matches. Her 34 service aces this year ranked second in the conference. She also tallied 42 total blocks, which ranked third on the team, and averaged 3.07 digs per set.
Junior Christina Chun grabbed her first career All-NWC honors wit ha Second Team selection as the Loggers libero. Her 5.22 digs per set led the Loggers and was third in the NWC. She tallied 454 digs on the year and also served up 26 aces. She is just nine digs shy of the Loggers' top-5 list for digs in a season. The Loggers also ranked in the top-5 in Division III in digs per set this year, led by Chun at libero.
Sophomore Nicolette Reynaud earned Honorable Mention after leading the Loggers effort at the net. Her 72 total blocks led the team and ranked eighth in the conference. She also hit .239 on the year, which ranked sixth in the NWC.
The Loggers will look to continue their season when they head to Thousand Oaks, Calif. for the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Friday. The Loggers will face Colorado College at 3 p.m.