17 Svenja Engelhardt
17 Svenja Engelhardt
Height: 5-11
Year: Graduated
Hometown: Sinsheim, Germany
High School: Helmholtz-Gymnasium
Position: OH

2010 (Senior):
Finishing her stellar career at Pacific, Svenja capped her four years in the Orange and Black with her first-ever all-region award as she was named an honorable mention honoree. In addition to her all-region honors, Engelhardt took home First Team All-Big West honors after finishing the season as the conference's top hitter. Putting Pacific's offense on her back for much of the season as the Tigers' lone senior, Engelhardt put together one of the finest single-season campaign's in Pacific program history. At the pins, Engelhardt posted an impressive 508 kills in 116 games to finish the year with a 4.38 kills per game average. The senior's per game average ranked No. 16 in the country and third in the region while ranking No. 1 among Big West attackers. Additionally, Engelhardt's 508 kills marked just the ninth time in program history a Tiger attack had hit the 500 kill plateau in a single campaign. In addition to her dominance at the net offensively, Engelhardt put together her finest defensive season of her career as she tallied 297 digs (2.56 per game). With her efforts on both sides of the ball, Engelhardt put together 14 double-doubles throughout Pacific's 30 matches. She also added a team-best 30 aces while tallying a career-best 61 blocks. For the year, Engelhardt posted a career-high 573 points for an average of 4.4 points per game, tying for the 16th best total in all of Division I volleyball.

She finished her career among Pacific's all-time greatest players as she posted 1,386 career kills, No. 9 in Pacific's record books. Her 175 career aces ranks No. 2 on Pacific's all-time aces list while her 0.45 ace per game total tied for the all-time best per game average among Pacific servers.

2009 (Junior):
Earning First Team All-Big West honors for her play, Engelhardt posted her finest season as a Tiger in 2009 to earn her third consecutive all-conference honor after earning honorable mention honors in each of the last two seasons. As a junior, Engelhardt led the Tigers in scoring as she posted a team-best 428.5 points on the year after leading the team in kills with a career-best 362. Her 3.38 kills per set average ranked No. 7 in the conference while hitting at a career-best .262 hitting percentage. In addition to the kills, Svenja continued her assault on the Tigers' serving record books as she posted 38 service aces throughout the year to give her 145 aces for her career, a mark which ranks tied for No. 4 all-time. Defensively, Engelhardt ended her third season with the Tigers with a career-high 217 digs while also posting 44 blocks. During tournament play, Svenja earned all-tournament honors in two of the four tournaments the Tigers played in as she garnered the awards at the Bankers Classic as well as the Stockton Hilton Invitational. 

2008 (Sophomore):
Despite beginning the season hampered by injury, Svenja continued her play as one of the top hitters in the conference for the Tigers, finishing her second season with 255 kills, third best among all Pacific hitters. Even more impressive, Engelhardt continued her reign as one of the most potent offensive threats behind the serving stripe as the sophomore put down a team-best 43 aces, posting a 0.50 per game average. During the season, Svenja nabbed her first-ever player of the week honor as she was named the American Scouting Report's player of the week on Sept. 29 after leading the Tigers to a sweep of No. 22 Long Beah State and a 3-1 win over UC Davis by hitting .356 and notching a combined 27 kills in her first week back from injury. For the year, Engelhardt picked up where she left off the season before, earning her second All-Big West Honorable Mention award in as many seasons.

2007 (Freshman):

Svenja exploded on the scene for the Tigers in her freshman season, finishing with 261 kills and a team-leading 64 aces. Engelhardt's 64 aces set a new Pacific single-season record, despite only appearing in 24 of the Tigers' 27 matches. She finished the season ranked third in the nation with 0.77 SApg. Svenja capped her freshman campaign by earning All-Big West Freshman Team honors and All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades. Engelhardt also tied Pacific's single match record with 11 aces in the Tigers' 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge on Oct. 13. Svenja finished the season with 10 double-doubles, including a career-high 16 digs and 20 kills in the Tigers' upset 3-1 win over No. 20 Cal Poly on Sept. 29. Engelhardt posted her career-high of 23 kills in the Tigers' 3-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 22.

High School/Club:
Engelhardt graduated from Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Heidelberg, Germany, in April of 2007. She is a highly accomplished beach volleyball player in Germany, competing in eight tournaments during the summer of 2007 alone. Svenja and her beach volleyball partner, Britta Buthe, captured three first-place finishes and were ranked as high as 30th as a team. Engelhardt played for the German National Beach Volleyball Team in September of 2006, helping her team place third in the FIVB World Championships.

Personal:
Svenja Engelhardt is the daughter of Thomas and Corinna Engelhardt. She has one younger brother, Niles. Svenja comes from a very athletic family as her father was a handball player, while her mother played volleyball. Svenja graduated from Pacific in May of 2011 with a degree in biology.