SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- With plenty of accomplishments already under her belt, Saint Mary's women's tennis player Jenny Jullien used the 2012-13 season to take the next step in a career that has nowhere to go but up.
On Tuesday, Jullien was named as the West Coast Conference's Player of the Year, an award that honors a tremendous junior campaign that saw the native of Perpignan, France defeat some of the best players in the nation.
She is the second Saint Mary's women's tennis player to earn the award, joining Alex Poorta (2011).
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Jullien owns a 15-6 record in dual matches this spring. She went 7-1 in WCC play this season, and went 10-6 against ranked opponents.
She started the season on fire, defeating No. 27-ranked Katie Le of Santa Clara and No. 9 Anett Schutting of Cal at the Cal Winter Invitational. She followed that up with a win over No. 20 Aleksandra Josifoska of UNLV at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
"What's different is just confidence," Jullien said earlier in the season. "You start the season playing all those good players where you have nothing to lose and you just play better. You see your ranking go up like that and it makes you play better."
Eventually, Jullien saw her national ranking begin to rise. She began the spring at No. 64, and by the time the middle of February hit, Jullien had climbed all the way to No. 24.
She wasn't finished. A win over No. 10 Krista Hardebeck of Stanford provided a key point in Saint Mary's 4-3 win over then-No. 7 Stanford. It also vaulted Jullien into the Top 20, checking in at No. 18 the next time the rankings were updated.
Jullien would get as high as No. 17 in late March, a ranking that makes her Saint Mary's highest-ranked player ever. She has also earned plenty of accolades along the way, being named WCC Player of the Month three times this season.