CLEAN SWEEP: Rock Valley's Fluehr takes home DIII Player of the Year

Photo courtesy of NJCAA.org
Photo courtesy of NJCAA.org

There was really no doubt about it when Rock Valley College's Olivia Fluehr was named the 2017 Dudley® NJCAA Division III Softball Player of the Year after guiding the Golden Eagles to a fourth consectuive national championship. The announcement gives the perennial power a clean sweep of the top two national awards after fellow second year Kelsie Packard was awarded the Pitcher of the Year.

Fluehr, a native of Loves Park, Illinois, led the nation with 82 hits and 91 runs batted in. Of her 82 hits, 48 went for extra bases, including an NJCAA-best 34 doubles. Fluehr's ten home runs contributed to a .922 slugging percentage. Her dominance also extended to the pitcher's circle where the righthander went 21-1 with 114 strikeouts, while leading the country with a 0.96 ERA.

In addition to the Dudley® NJCAA DIII Softball Player of the Year, Fluehr was named the Most Valuable Player and the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the NJCAA DIII Softball Championship, the latter for a second consecutive season. A two-time NJCAA First Team All-American, Fluehr will continue her softball and academic career at NCAA Division I University of Missouri-Kansas City.