LEXINGTON, Ky. – The accolades continue to roll in for junior Jackie Harvey as the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced her as a First Team All-American today. Harvey became the third Logger to earn First Team All-American honors in Puget Sound's Division III history.
"It is so rewarding as a coach to watch a good athlete work hard to become a great athlete and competitor. Jackie has always been gifted, but she had to struggle through challenges and injuries and decide to train at a higher level physically during the off-season so that she could reach this level of competitive maturity," said head coach Mark Massey. "She has earned every bit of recognition she received, and it is especially inspiring because she is just as good a teammate and leader as she is player."
Harvey has decorated her mantle this season with multiple postseason awards. She was named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player honors at the Cal Lutheran Regional in the NCAA Tournament last week.
Harvey led the Loggers to a Regional Championship last week and a trip to Holland, Mich. to play in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
This season, she has led the Loggers with a superb effort in the front and back row. She led the NWC with 3.87 kills per set this year and also contributed 4.14 digs.
"I still remember watching her play in a club tournament her senior year, and projecting in my mind how good I thought she could be," added Massey. "Seeing her turn my dream into her own reality is quite remarkable."
Harvey is the first All-American First Team selection since 2002 when Adriane Ougendal (now Friedman), who is currently an assistant coach on the Logger coaching staff, earned the same honor. Karen Elmgren also earned the prestigious honor in 2000.
Andrea Egans and Cathy Flick are the only other two Loggers to earn First Team All-American honors. Both were two-time honorees and earned the award while the Loggers competed in the NAIA.
Harvey will lead the Loggers into the quarterfinal match on Thursday at 5 p.m. (PT) when the Loggers take on No. 1 Calvin.