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Jensen tabbed Patriot League’s Defensive POY

Ripon High alumna among Army’s all-time leaders in digs

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Jensen tabbed Patriot League’s Defensive POY

Brittany Jensen, a 2007 graduate of Ripon High, was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year for Army earlier this week.

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POSTED November 20, 2010 2:57 a.m.
Brittany Jensen left her mark at Ripon High before graduating in 2007, and she’s on her way to doing the same at Westpoint as one of Army’s all-time best defensive specialists.

On Tuesday, Jensen was one of three Black Knights to receive major awards in the Patriot League. The 5-foot-5 senior libero was voted the league’s Defensive Player of the Year while being selected to the all-league second team. She is the first Army player to earn the honor.

Teammate Karyn Powell was named Setter of the Year, and freshman middle blocker is the Rookie of the Year.

Army (11-3, 18-13 overall) will begin its defense of the conference tournament championship today against third-seeded Colgate.

Jensen has made her way into the program record books with the potential to climb further up in the rankings.

Her 1,016 career digs is eighth most (Deann Machlan, 1,466, 1992-95) in Army history. Her single-season digs-per-set average of 3.82 currently ranks her fourth (Eileen Cassidy, 4.14, 2006), and with 409 digs she is seventh (Margaret Stewart, 544, 1991).

At Ripon High, she was a part of three Trans Valley League championship teams (2004-06) and was named to the all-conference first team her senior year. In 2006, Ripon began its run of five straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason title-match appearances.

After losing four in a row to Christian Brothers in the finals, the Indians captured their first section title in 27 years on Thursday.
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