Helen Hjorth Athlete Profile

#17 Helen Hjorth

Helen Hjorth
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 5-11 Roster Years: 1994-1998 Hometown: Spanish Fork, UT Last School: Spanish Fork High School

Personal

Parents are Calvin and Marie Hjorth ... youngest of six children - two older sisters played collegiate volleyball (Debbie at Washington and Jennifer at Utah) ... majoring in health promotions ... hails from Spanish Fork, Utah ... loves Mexican food ... favorite book is "The Chosen" ... sports hero is Michael Jordan ... non-sports hero is her father ... the most influential person in her sports career was her high school coach Wendy Weaver ... got started in volleyball after watching her sister Debbie play and wanting to be just like her ... her biggest sports thrill was winning the state championship as a high school senior ... her favorite part of the game is defense.

Before BYU

CLUB: Helped the Utah Juniors club team to a second place finish in the Intermountain region and a 13th-place finish at nationals ... 1993 First Team all Intermountain Region and 1994 Intermountain Region MVP.
HIGH SCHOOL: 1991 and 1992 Spanish Fork MVP; 1993 Spanish Fork Player of the year; 1994 Spanish Fork Outstanding Athlete ... Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 Recruit ... All-Region in 1990 and 1992 and Region 8 MVP in 1991 and 1993 ... prep team won Utah State 3A championship in 1992 and the 4A title in 1993 ... Second Team All-State in 1990, First Team All-State in 1991 and 1992, and Utah State 4A MVP in 1993 ... a four-year Academic All-Region selection and 1994 Outstanding Scholar/Athlete.

Stats

CAREER MATCH HIGHS:
Kills: 25 vs. Penn State, 08/22/97
Percentage: .556 (18-3-27) vs. Wyoming, 09/26/98
Blocks: 7 vs. Colorado St. 11/01/97
Digs: 23 vs. Hawai`i, 11/28/98
YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS
Year GP K E A Pct. Ast. SA BS BA TB BE Dig
1995 25 43 21 128 .172 2 1 1 5 6 2 38
1996 78 206 91 561 .205 31 10 7 47 54 9 197
1997 112 299 125 836 .208 49 27 13 64 77 20 316
1998 112 269 104 742 .222 23 29 7 64 71 6 319
Total 327 817 341 2267 .209 107 67 28 180 208 37 870



1994 | Redshirt Year

Cougar Club Scholar/Athlete.

1995 | Freshman Year

Played in 16 matches for the Cougars, averaging 1.72 kills, 1.52 digs, 0.24 blocks per game and hitting .172...best match was against UC Santa Barbara in late November when she had seven kills, three blocks and 11 digs...Cougar Club Scholar/Athlete.

1996 | Sophomore Year

Started for much of the season ... played in 30 of 34 matches ... averaged 2.64 kills, 2.53 digs, .40 service aces and hit .205 ... All-Tournament Teams of the UNM/ Domino's Pizza Classic and the BYU/Mizuno Classic ... WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week ... Academic All-WAC ... Cougar Club Scholar Athlete.

1997 | Junior Year

Started every match for the Cougars at outside hitter...hit a career-best 25 kills against Penn State at the State Farm/ NACWAA Preview Classic...named to the All-Tournament Team of the BYU/Mizuno Classic...finished the season first on the team and in the WAC in aces per game (0.44), third on the team in digs per game (2.82) and fourth in kills per game (2.67)...named to the All-Tournament Team of the WAC Championships.

1998 | Senior Year

Started for the third year as an outside hitter for the Cougars ... was second on the team with 319 digs ... recorded four double-doubles in kills and digs on the year ... set a career-high mark of 23 digs in the WAC Championship match against Hawai`i. Nov. 28 ... hit a career-high .556 (18-3-27) Sept. 26 against Wyoming ... he match against Wyoming helped her be named the WAC Player of the Week for Sept. 21-26, 1998.