November 8, 2012

NCAA Tournament Notes

DID YOU MISS THEM?: The Loggers are back in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years after a 19-5 season. The Loggers had a streak of four consecutive NCAA appearances snapped when they were left out of the tournament last year. However, this young squad is dancing once again.

NCAA HISTORY: The Loggers a 6-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. However, it has been five years since the Loggers made it out of the first round. Their last three appearance have been early exits as they have lost their first round match. The Loggers last tournament win came in 2007 when they won their regional before falling in the national quarterfinals. The 2007 team also made the deepest run into the NCAA Division III tournament since the Loggers became a Division III institution in 1999.

ABOUT COLORADO COLLEGE: The Tigers come in as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions for the third consecutive year. The Tigers might also be the only team in the tournament younger than the Loggers. They have two seniors on their roster of 16 with the other 14 players being all sophomores and freshmen. Courtney Birkett and Emily Phillips shoulder most of the load as each average just under three kills per set as well as just under three digs per set. The Tigers come in with a 23-9 record.

HARVEY IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Junior Jackie Harvey made her mark on Logger volleyball history when she became the first NWC Player of the Year since the 2000 season when Kara Elmgren won the award. Harvey earned Second Team honors as a junior but stepped into a much larger role this year, averaging 3.87 kills and four digs per set in 2012. Harvey was also the AVCA's National Player of the Week for Oct. 22-28.

NOT ALONE ON ALL-NWC: Three more Loggers joined Harvey on the All-NWC teams for the 2012 season. Junior setter Jenni Brehove also earned First Team honors after leading the conference in assists per set. Junior Christina Chun was selected to the Second Team after averaging 5.22 digs per set and serving 26 aces. Finally, Nicolette Reynaud earned Honorable Mention as she led the Logger blocking efforts at the net.

BREHOVE, HARVEY SELECTED TO ALL-REGION TEAM: Jenni Brehove and Jackie Harvey, who were each selected as All-NWC First Team players earlier this week were selected to the AVCA's All-West Region team on Thursday. It is the first career regional honor for Brehove and the second for Harvey. Both will now be up for the All-America teams.

LAST TIME AGAINST COLORADO COLLEGE: The Loggers and Tigers have met once this season in a neutral site match played in Portland. The Loggers took the match 21-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-17. Jackie Harvey had a match-high 15 kills while Nicolette Reynaud and Marissa Florant each added 11. Kristin Best and Danielle Westerman each had four total blocks as the Loggers tallied 10 team blocks to the Tigers two.

KEEP IT OFF THE FLOOR: The Loggers have proved to be a tough defensive team this year. Not much hits the floor on the Loggers side of the net as they rank among the top-5 teams in Division III with 21.4 digs per set.

COMING IN HOT: The Loggers are heading into postseason play on their longest roll of the season. The Loggers are currently riding a six-match win streak – their longest in 2012. The win streak dated back to a four-set win over George Fox on Oct. 19. During the win streak, the Loggers are 18-2 in sets played.