PHILADELPHIA – Senior Courtney Wensel of the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team will be one of the local collegiate student-athletes recognized at the 115th Annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Dinner on Monday, January 21st at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill.
Wensel recently wrapped up one of the most historic careers in Jefferson volleyball history. The Bechtelsville, Pa. native totaled 1,578 career kills to finish second on the school's all-time leaderboard and her 1,565 career digs are a program record.
Wensel was a three-time All-CACC selection, earning first team honors in 2016 and 2017 and garnering second team distinction in 2018. She also was a two-time D2CCA All-East Region second team honoree and received AVCA All-East Region honorable mention in 2017.
The Rams qualified for the CACC Tournament in every year during Wensel's tenure, including a conference championship victory and NCAA berth in 2016.
Honorees for this year's banquet include:
Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies – Outstanding Pro Athlete
Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks and former Villanova Wildcat – Outstanding Amateur Athlete
Mike Quick, former Philadelphia Eagle – Living Legend
Joey Wendle, Tampa Bay Rays – Native Son
Frank Coppenbarger, longtime Philadelphia Phillies director of travel and clubhouse services – Special Achievement Award
Fran Dunphy, Temple men's basketball coach – Special Achievement Award
Brian Propp, former Philadelphia Flyer – Special Achievement Award
Eastern High School field hockey team – Special Achievement Award
Philadelphia Eagles – Pro Team of the Year
Villanova Wildcats – College Team of the Year
Jim Jackson, Philadelphia Flyers play-by-play announcer – Bill Campbell Award
Ray Didinger – Stan Hochman Award
Michael Zingrone, Temple News sports editor – PSWA-Richie Ashburn Scholarship Recipient
Most Courageous Athlete – kept secret until presented
Tickets for the dinner are available at phillysportswriters.com. There will also be a silent auction during the event, which will include a Jefferson basketball package.
The PSWA has been honoring those deserving of recognition for their great feats of athleticism, philanthropy, sports coverage and broadcast since 1904. It is the oldest organization of its kind in the nation and its awards dinner is the longest running dinner in the country.