Braegelmann Chosen Honda Award Division II Athlete of the Year

6/11/2008

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Duluth, Minn. - Vicky Braegelmann's legacy of being the most decorated individual in the history of University of Minnesota Duluth athletics received another solid piece of support this afternoon (June 12) when the senior volleyball star was selected as the Division II Athlete of the Year. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among NCAA Division II schools. Braegelmann, who outpolled 10 nominees from 10 other NCAA II-sanctioned sports, will be presented with the Honda Sports Award at a ceremony in New York City on June 23.

"After being nominated for this award last year, it really feels great to win it", said Braegelemann, a native of Albany, Minn. "I think it's actually more of a reflection on my teammates and my coach, Jim Boos, however. Without all their incredible support I never would have been able to get this far."

Braegelmann put an exclamation point on her remarkable four-year playing career last November by landing her second consecutive AVCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The right side hitter became just the third individual ever to claim the honor in back-to-back seasons and is the only Division II athlete from UMD to be named national player of the year in any sport. Braegelmann also helped lead UMD to four straight North Central Conference championships, four NCAA II playoff appearances, two NCAA II Elite Eight berths, 54 consecutive top 10 rankings in the AVCA weekly poll, and a eye-popping 114-16 overall record -- including a 45-8 mark in NCC play -- during her four seasons in a Bulldog uniform. One of only two players to ever land AVCA All-American recognition on four occasions, Braegelmann exited the Bulldog program as its all-time leader in both kills (1,845) and attack percentage (.360). In addition, the three-time NCC Player of the Year and four-time All-NCC honoree was a member the North Central Regional All-Tournament Team in 2006 and 2007, the NCAA Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament Team in 2006 and the AVCA All-North Central Regional Team four straight seasons.

courtesy Minnesota Duluth athletics

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