AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s volleyball team had three players honored by the Pacific West, the conference office announced Monday night. Junior hitter Jackie Landers led the way, earning second-team all-PacWest recognition, while freshmen Ashley Vander Tuig and Joy Reinke received third team and honorable mention honors respectively.
“To have three girls recognized in a conference as competitive as this is a testament to their hard work and ability. I always consider individual awards to be team awards, so it’s a great reflection of what everyone on the team accomplished. These three did really well individually, and obviously their individual talent led to our success,” said head coach Chris Keife after leading Azusa Pacific to a fifth place finish in league play.
JACKIE LANDERS: Jr., Second-Team, Outside Hitter
Landers, a three-year starter, posted her best season for Azusa Pacific, leading the team in kills with 473 (4.04 per set). The Torrance native registered nine double-doubles, and had eight of the Cougars’ top-10 kill totals to help lead a young team to its ninth straight 20-win season. Landers tallied a season-high 24 kills in Azusa Pacific’s victory over Hawai’i Pacific to end a four-match losing skid and ignite an eight-match winning streak. She was also a model of consistency, finishing with double-figure kills in all but five of her 31 matches. Landers finished the season with more kills than any other player in the PacWest.
ASHLEY VANDER TUIG: Fr., Third-Team, Middle Blocker
Vander Tuig jumped right into the Cougars’ young lineup and excelled immediately. The middle blocker registered 20 blocks in her first three matches, including a career-high 10 in Azusa Pacific’s four-set victory over Cal State Stanislaus. In the win she added 12 kills for her first career double-double. Vander Tuig finished the season with the third most kills on the team (222), and ranked 10th in the PacWest with a .293 attack percentage. She had six matches with double-digit kills and registered 131 blocks on the year, good for the second most in the league.
JOY REINKE: Fr., Honorable Mention, Outside Hitter
Reinke was one of the team’s most versatile players, finishing in the top-four on the team in kills, blocks, digs, and aces. The freshman hitter finished sixth in the PacWest in total kills with 353, and tied for fifth with 33 aces. She had 11 double-doubles (second most on the team) helping the Cougars to a 9-2 mark in those contests. Reinke tabbed a career-high 23 kills in a road win over Dixie State (Utah), and 20 times registered 10+ kills.