Nov. 20, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Freshman middle blocker Olivia Fairfield added Patriot League Rookie of the Year and second-team All-Patriot honors to her accomplishments this season, including six Patriot League Molten Rookie of the Week. Army teammates and senior co-captains outside hitter Margaux Jarka and libero D.J. Phee were also recognized in the yearly citations. Jarka was named on the All-Patriot League first-team while Phee joined Fairfield in earning second-team laurels.
The Iowa City, Iowa, native becomes Army’s sixth Patriot League Rookie of the Year in the Black Knights’ history after teammate middle blocker Megan Wilton received the honor in 2010, in addition to Ariana Mankus (2009) and Maureen Banon (2006).
Fairfield was the League’s top hitting freshman during the regular season with an average hitting percentage of .340 (fourth in the League) and 2.86 kills per set (eighth). The plebe middle blocker started in every regular season match thus far in which she has contributed 289 kills, 77 total blocks and 56 digs.
Jarka and Phee find themselves on the All-Patriot League teams for the third time in their respective careers. Both have enjoyed breakout seasons and have triggered much of the team's success, both offensively and defensively this season.
Jarka, the Preseason Player of the Year, earned first-team laurels after finishing the regular season with 293 kills and an average of 2.90 kills per set. The Rolling Prairie, Ind. native went double-double in 13 matches, including two season-high performances of 18 kills versus Air Force on Sept. 13 and Valparaiso on Sept. 6. In addition, Jarka shared recognition as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week on Oct. 8, 2013 and was named to the All-Patriot League second team in 2012 as well as the All-Tournament Team in 2011.
Representing Army on defense, Phee currently holds the all-time Army record holders for digs in a single season and career digs with 1819 and counting. The senior libero also holds the number two spot in the Patriot League for most digs in a career. The Allen, Texas, native has recorded double-digit digs in 24 matches this season, including a career-high 34 in a 3-2 win versus Air Force on Sept. 13. Phee is ranked second in the conference averaging 4.74 kills per set and owns two of the top 10 single-match dig performances for the Black Knights.
The Black Knights will make their conference record 15th-straight Patriot League Tournament appearance this weekend. Third-seeded Army will face defending champion Colgate in Saturday's second semifinal match at 5 p.m. The winner will face either No. 1 American or No. 4 Lehigh in Sunday's championship match at 2 p.m. The tournament will be played at American’s Bender Arena. All three matches will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.
2013 All-Patriot League Teams
Juliana Crum, American, Sr., OH
Kristyna Lindovska, American, Jr., OH
Monika Smidova, American, Jr., S
Margaux Jarka, Army, Sr., OH
Diane Seely, Colgate, Jr., MB
Rachel Charles, Lehigh, Sr., L
Erin Fortner, Navy, Sr., OPP/OH
Morgan Hendrix, American, Sr., MB
Kelly McCaddin, American, Jr., MB/OPP
D.J. Phee, Army, Sr., L
Olivia Fairfield, Army, Fr., MB
Kaylee Fifer, Colgate, Sr., S
Lindsay Young, Colgate, Sr., OH
Jade Van Streepen, Lehigh, Jr., OH
Player of the Year – Diane Seely, Colgate, Jr., MB
Setter of the Year – Monika Smidova, American, Jr., S
Libero of the Year – Rachel Charles, Lehigh, Sr.
Rookie of the Year – Olivia Fairfield, Army, Fr., MB
Coach of the Year – Barry Goldberg, American