Westfield Resident Honored As Woman Of The Year

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SOUTH ORANGE — Former New Jersey City University women’s volleyball standout JACQUELINE LeBLANC (Westfield, NJ/Westfield), who in her four-year career was instrumental in an unprecedented stretch of success for the program, has been honored as NJCU’s 2008-09 New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year.

LeBlanc, along with the winners from the other Division I, II and III schools in the state, and other schools, were honored on Feb. 7 at halftime of the Seton Hall University/St. John’s University women’s basketball game at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange.

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The NJAIAW Women of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The nominee must have completed their eligibility in their primary sports at the end of the 2008-09 competitive season and be graduating prior to the conclusion of the Summer 2010 semester with a minimum grade-point average of 2.500.

LeBlanc, a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance, proved to be the most accomplished outside hitter in the history of NJCU women’s volleyball. She was a three-time First-Team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection in 2005, 2006, and 2008 and the 2005 NJAC Rookie of the Year.

She is one of only 11 women’s student-athletes in NJCU history to earn First-Team All-NJAC three times in a career and one of only two volleyball players. Likely the only reason she was not a four-time First-Team All-NJAC selection was a knee injury early during the 2007 season that forced her to miss the final 19 contests of the 34-match campaign.

A significant standout on some of the most successful teams in school history, she helped NJCU win the only NJAC title in any women’s sport in the history of the University when the Knights won the 2005 NJAC championship. She also helped NJCU to one NCAA berth (2005) and two ECAC appearances (2006, 2007), while winning the 2006 ECAC Division III South title. NJCU had a four-year record of 101-33 and 27-5 in the NJAC during her career.

LeBlanc finished her career with 1,352 kills, 1,558.5 points, 901 digs, 140 service aces, 112 blocks (21 solo, 91 assisted), and a .251 attack percentage on 3,362 attack attempts. She averaged 3.99 points, 3.47 kills, 2.31 digs, 0.36 aces and 0.29 blocks per set for her career. She is second in NJCU history in kills, third in points, eighth in blocks, ninth in digs and 13th in aces.

LeBlanc was a three-time NJAC Player of the Week, four-time NJAC Rookie of the Week in 2005, one-time ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week and a six-time All-Tournament Team selection.


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