Cornelius is the first member of the Crimson to earn ECAC Rookie of the Year honors (Scott Bruhn).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Christina Cornelius continues to collect hardware as she has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.
Cornelius put together one of the most dominant rookie campaigns in recent memory and has been rewarded by being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, All-Ivy League first team, and AVCA All-Region honorable mention in addition to this latest plaudit.
The Los Angeles, California, native led the Ancient Eight in blocks per set (1.55), block assists (112), solo blocks (21) and total blocks (133), while also ranking second in hitting percentage (.334) and 13th in points per set (3.1). Along the way she set a new program record for block assists, with her 1.55 blocks per set ranking sixth in the NCAA.
Cornelius helped Harvard to a share of its second-straight Ivy League championship this past season and to the program's first appearance in the NCAA tournament after the squad defeated Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff, 3-1. The Crimson traveled to fourth-seeded Nebraska for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament, and defeated the Huskers in the first set on their home floor before eventually falling, 3-1. Nebraska is now set to take on Texas for the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Cornelius is the first member of the Crimson to be named ECAC Rookie of the Year.