Standout volleyball seniors take a bow

Standout volleyball seniors take a bow

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This past Saturday versus Colorado State was Senior Night as Liz Harden, Kersti Whitney and Fiona Jones were honored for all of their accomplishments as student-athletes at Boise State.

Both Harden and Whitney have been with Boise State all four years of their academic careers, while Fiona Jones transferred to Boise State after her freshman year at South Dakota State (SDSU).

In her four years, Harden has definitely left her mark both on the court and in the record books.

Harden is currently sitting at 1,110 kills, 332 digs and 1,222 points in her lustrous career. With 1,110 kills, she is only the fourth Bronco to eclipse the 1,000 kills club.

In her freshman year, Harden became the first Bronco volleyball player ever to be named to the WAC All-Freshmen team while being named to one all-tournament team.

She also became the first Bronco volleyball player to earn CoSida/ESPN the magazine Academic All-district 8 nod when she made the third team WAC All-Academic team. She also was named to one all-tournament team in her sophomore year.

Her junior year, Harden earned a spot on the Mountain West All-Academic team.

Currently in her senior year with few games remaining, Harden has been named to three all-tournament teams.

“We’ve had some great memories here. It was a good ride and a good four years,” said Harden about the three graduating seniors this year. Harden also went on to say that she may be playing volleyball in Europe next fall.

Whitney first got her chance to start halfway through her freshman year and she’s been the starting libero ever since.

Whitney currently has 151 assists and 1,164 digs in her strong career at Boise State.

In Whitney’s sophomore year, she earned a spot on the WAC All-Academic team while being named to one all-tournament team.

The next year, Whitney’s junior year, she earned a spot on the MW All-Academic team, making it two years in a row for being named to an All-Academic team.

In her senior year, Whitney has been named to three all-tournament teams.

“Get a job,” said Whitney when asked about her plans after graduating. She further added, “I definitely want to try and play beach (volleyball) if I ever move back to California.”

Last and certainly not least, is Fiona Jones. Jones played three years with Boise State after transferring from SDSU.

Jones currently has 605 kills with a 2.11 kill per set rating and 683 digs in her career at Boise State.

Jones has had many standout moments for the Broncos throughout her career, such as 7 double-doubles in her sophomore season, which lead the whole team.  In the same season, she had a personal-best 6 blocks vs. San Jose State.

In her junior season, she set her personal record for digs in one game with 20 against the University of Pacific.

“Like both of them said, it’s been great … We had a lot of great memories here. I’ll carry them for the rest of my life,” said Jones about her time as a Bronco.

One thing is for sure; the Broncos have some major shoes to fill next year with these three standout volleyball players graduating in the spring.