After leading the Seattle University volleyball team to a second place finish at the Washington State Cougar Challenge with a 2-1 record over the weekend, junior outside hitter Sarah Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Jaeckel, named to the All-Tournament Team for her performance, led the Redhawks with 42 kills, averaging 4.2 kills per set. She notched her eighth career double-double against Weber State, collecting 24 kills and 16 defensive digs as Seattle U came from behind for a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats. Jaeckel earned five kills in the fifth set, all of them as part of an 8-2 Redhawk scoring run that closed out the match.
Jaeckel was the only Redhawks to reach double figures in kills in a three-set loss to Washington State, as she finished with 10 kills in a contest that started less than four hours after the conclusion of the Weber State match. The next day against Alabama State, she collected eight kills and made only one attack error in 12 attempts for a .583 hitting percentage.
"Sarah had a nice weekend at the Washington State tournament. She has invested much in her game both physically and intellectually from day one in preseason. It was nice to see Sarah get a little return with regards to her weekend performance. We talk a lot about celebrating the little successes and definitely this is one of them. Hopefully this will motivate Sarah to continue with her process as we get closer to the conference season," Seattle U acting head coach Teron Uy said.
Now the team leader with 91 kills, Jaeckel is currently third in the Western Athletic Conference with 3.79 kills per set and 4.12 points per set. She is also tied for second on the team with five service aces and fourth on the squad with 42 digs, averaging 1.75 digs per set. The double-double she earned was the eighth of her career, but her first since Nov. 19, 2010, against CSU Bakersfield.
In the classroom, Jaeckel is majoring in accounting within the Albers School of Business and Economics and has a 3.633 grade point average. She is the third daughter of Sharon and Jim Jaeckel to play Division I college volleyball, following her sisters Lauren (Saint Mary's) and Kristy (Florida).
The Seattle University volleyball team, 4-3 so far in 2012, heads across town to Alaska Airlines Arena to face #7 Washington Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. before opening the home schedule Saturday, Sept. 8, against Long Beach State at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Center.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.