Volleyball NCAA Finals Notes
PEAKING AT THE RIGHT MOMENT: The Loggers have saved their best volleyball for the right time. They went on a four-match winning streak to end the regular season and continued right through the NCAA Regionals with three wins. During their seven-match unbeaten run, the Loggers have dropped just four sets and hold a 21-4 set advantage. They need to extend their streak by just three more wins this weekend to capture the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.
LOGGERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Loggers three wins at the Cal Lutheran Regional equal the most tournament wins in school history. The only other time the Loggers have ran off with three tournament wins was in 2007 as they beat Nebraska Wesleyan in five sets, swept Pacific Lutheran and won another five-setter over La Verne. In 2000, the Loggers needed just two wins to advance to the NCAA Finals and won their regional. However, the Loggers lost in both 2000 and 2007 to UW-Whitewater to end their title hopes.
HARVEY HONORED AGAIN: Junior Jackie Harvey has raked in the postseason accolades this year. She became the Loggers first All-America First Team selection since 2002 and is just the fifth Logger to earn the award. She was named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, earned All-Region honors and was voted the MVP of the Cal Lutheran regional. Harvey also became the first Logger to earn the AVCA's National Player of the Week honors.
BREHOVE ALSO REWARDED: Junior Jenni Brehove joined Harvey on both the All-Region and the All-NWC First Team this season after leading the conference in assists per set. Brehove eclipsed the 1,000 assist mark this season during the regionals. She now has 1,051 assists this year in 98 sets.
CHUN KEEPING IT UP: Junior libero Christina Chun is having a season for the record books this year. Her 514 digs this season are the third-most in a single season in Logger history. She is just 28 digs from catching Rachel Gross, who ranks second and holds the school record. Chun can catch Gross's total of 542 digs from 2006 but is well short of the school record from 2007 when Gross had 704 digs. Chun was honored as the All-NWC Second Team libero and also earned Academic All-District honors as she also has a 3.94 GPA.
BLOCKERS RISE ABOVE: The Logger block has reached its peak at just the right moment. The Loggers averaged 2.36 blocks per set and had 11 total blocks in the four-set championship match on Sunday. Nicolette Reynaud, who was All-NWC Honorable Mention this year, recorded 13 total blocks. Freshman Emily Convery emerged as a force at the net with nine total blocks, including three solo stuffs. She was recognized on the All-Tournament team at the Cal Lutheran Regional.
YOUTH REIGNS: The Loggers will be one of the youngest teams at the NCAA Finals with no seniors on the roster this year. The junior class has stepped into the leadership role this season with captains Jackie Harvey, Jenni Brehove and Christina Chun leading the charge. The Loggers are comprised of seven juniors, three sophomores and seven freshman.
SERVICE PRESSURE: The Loggers averaged over two aces per set during the Cal Lutheran Regional to help key all three victories. The Loggers season average of 1.9 aces per set led the Northwest Conference. Christina Chun led the Loggers at regionals with seven aces although five different Loggers recorded at least one ace. Jenni Brehove led the season-long service effort with 0.39 aces per set.
DIG IT UP: The Loggers are among the best digging teams in Division III. Their 21.14 digs per set ranks in the top-5 nationally.