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WWU’s Paul is GNAC co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year

Western Washington University’s Jenn Paul was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and the Vikings’ Bo Stephan was selected Coach of the Year in an announcement made Tuesday, April 28, by the conference office.

Paul led the GNAC with a 76.3 stroke per round average and paced the conference in top five finishes with four. She was a four-time GNAC Player of the Week pick.

Stephan, who directed WWU to its fifth straight GNAC championship last week, took the coaches award for the fourth time in five years.

Five Vikings were named GNAC all-stars. First-team honors went to Paul, GNAC tournament medalist Kristen Hansen and Brooke Branigan. Picked to the second team were Anna Bourland and Audrey Orem.

Hansen, a three-time first-team choice, was last year’s GNAC Player of the Year and 2013 Freshman of the Year. It was Branigan’s second first-team honor.

Bourland, who was the GNAC tourney medalist in 2014, received all-star recognition for the third time, being a first-team choice in 2013 and 2014. She also was a three-time GNAC academic all-star.

The all-star honor was the second for Orem, who was a second-team pick last year.

Paul shared the Player of the Year honor with Saint Martin’s Jennifer Liedes.