Volleyball Hands out End of Season Awards
Jan. 24, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force senior Jasamine Pettie and junior Michelle Harrington shared the Most Valuable Player award, as the volleyball program officially wrapped up the 2008 season with the end-of-the-season banquet on Saturday, Jan. 24, in Colorado Springs.
In addition, Harrington and Pettie shared the Best Offensive Player award. Harrington led the team with a .200 hitting percentage, while adding 1.84 kills per set. She also tied for the team lead with 13 service aces. Although she was selected an "offensive" award winner, Harrington's defensive skills shined, as she led the team in solo blocks (17), assisted blocks (66), total blocks (83) and blocks per set (0.82). In addition, she moved into the Division I top-10 list in all defensive categories.
Pettie, who was ranked second on the team with a .166 hitting percentage, led the Falcons with a 2.23 kills per set. She and classmate Kristina Stewart shared the team's Unsung Hero Award, while Stewart was named Most Spirited. As the team's emotional leader, Stewart hit .078 on the year, contributing to 147 kills and 185 digs. Her 1.91 digs per set average ranked second on the team.
Freshman Victoria Martinez claimed a pair of award, including the program's Rookie of the Year. Martinez, the Falcons' leader in sets played, was also named the team's Best Defensive Player. As the starting libero, Martinez accounted for 284 digs and a 2.81 per-set average. Playing in all but one set, she moved into fourth on the program's Division I list for digs in a season. Those 284 digs are the most by an Air Force player since 1999.
Sophomore Kelly Spencer was named the Most Improved Player, while junior Katie Batchelder and sophomore Julia Hansen shared the Coaches' Award. Spencer shined in her sophomore campaign, accounting for 11 service aces and 147 digs. Batchelder, who will spend her senior season in France as a member of the Academy's Exchange Program, accounted for 1.57 kills and 1.01 digs per set. Hansen saw action 20 set this year, recording her first collegiate block, while adding three kills, three assists and four digs.
Air Force concluded the 2008 season with a 5-24 record (0-16 in conference play).