Gwen Murphy Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mike Jordan Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Gwen Murphy Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mike Jordan Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - The 2015 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s eight head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Tournament banquet. NM State senior outside hitter Gwen Murphy was named WAC Player of the Year, while Utah Valley’s Abby Jensen was named WAC Freshman of the Year and NM State head coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Six of the eight schools were represented on the teams. NM State led the way with five selections, while Seattle U had four.

Murphy earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the league in hitting percentage (.435), fifth in blocks (0.98), seventh in points (3.78) and eighth in kills (3.00) in WAC matches. She hit .300 or better in 10 of 14 WAC matches and had 10 or more kills in eight WAC matches. She set the all-time WAC record for hitting percentage earlier this season when she hit .933 against Robert Morris.

Jensen earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 3.28 points, 2.88 kills and 1.87 digs in WAC play. In WAC play only, she ranked ninth in the conference in kills per set, had one double-double and posted 10 or more kills eight times.

Jordan led his team to a perfect 14-0 mark in WAC play to become just the fourth school ever to finish WAC play unbeaten. This is NM State’s third WAC regular-season title, its second outright title and first since the 2013 season. This is the fifth time Jordan has earned the honor.

First Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Lauren Bakker Utah Valley Sr. MB
Luiza Martins CSU Bakersfield Sr. S
Bojana Mitrovic UT Rio Grande Valley So. RS
Madison Mosier Missouri-Kansas City Jr. OH/RS
Gwen Murphy NM State Sr. OH
Martina Samadan Seattle U Sr. MB
Kelsee Sawyer CSU Bakersfield Sr. OH

Second Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Nathalie Castellanos NM State Sr. OH
Sydney Crimmins Missouri-Kansas City Sr. RS
Carol Grasso CSU Bakersfield Jr. OH
Matea Mamic Seattle U Jr. OH
Taryn Miller Missouri-Kansas City Sr. L
Sasha-Lee Thomas NM State So. MB
Jelena Vujcin Seattle U So. MB/OPP

All-Freshmen Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Brianna Ainsworth NM State S
Tatyana Battle NM State OH
Alexandra Ecker UT Rio Grande Valley OH
Abby Jensen Utah Valley OH
Maja Stojanovic Seattle U MB
Dubravka Vukoja UT Rio Grande Valley S

WAC Player of the Year: Gwen Murphy, NM State
WAC Freshman of the Year: Abby Jensen, Utah Valley
WAC Coach of the Year: Mike Jordan, NM State