Sophomore Lindsy Hartsock was named the 2004 Blocker of the Year after averaging 1.86 blocks per game this season, second in the nation. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- After an outstanding season as the Mountain West Conference's leading blocker and the nation's second-leading blocker, BYU's Lindsy Hartsock has been named the 2004 Blocker of the Year by Collegiate Volleyball Update magazine.
"I feel so honored to receive this award," Hartsock said. "It was totally unexpected. I feel like I owe the award to my teammates who always set the block up so well. All I had to do was close."
Hartsock lived up to her billing as a preseason All-MWC candidate, finishing the season averaging 1.86 blocks per game. She received MWC Player of the Week recognition and All-MWC honors for her blocking prowess. The 6-foot-4 inch sophomore led the Cougars in blocks in 21 of BYU's 30 matches and recorded a career-high 13 stuffs against then-No. 10 Colorado State on Nov. 12. She reached double-digit blocks four times.
As one of only three players in the nation to top 200 blocks on the season, Hartsock completed 2004 with 205 total rejections (nine solo, 196 assists) and led all players in block assists. She now has 316 career blocks.
The Inkom, Idaho native also earned MWC Freshman of the Year accolades in 2003 and finished 2004 ranked 25th in the nation in hitting percentage after averaging a .380 efficiency.
"Lindsy is one of the best blockers BYU has ever had," said BYU head coach Karen Lamb. "She makes other teams change their offensive strategy and continues to improve every year."