NJCAA Volleyball Player of the Week (10/12/06)


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 12, 2006) - Haley Thomas of Blinn College (Texas), Kimiyo Garcia of the Community College of Rhode Island and Lisa Kurtz of Central Lakes College (Minn.) are NJCAA Volleyball Players of the Week for matches through Oct. 8, 2006.

Division I
Haley Thomas
Blinn College
High School: Leon High School
Hometown: Jewett, Texas

Haley Thomas, a 6-2 middle blocker from fifth-ranked Blinn College, is the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Player of the Week. Thomas led Blinn in two victories over previously-ranked Tyler Junior College (Texas) and 19th-ranked Panola College (Texas). She recorded 20 kills on 36 attempts (.44 average) and 16 blocks in the two victories, which improved Blinn's overall record to 20-2.


Division II
Kimiyo Garcia
Community College of Rhode Island
High School: East Providence High School
Hometown: East Providence, RI

Kimiyo Garcia, a 6-0 middle hitter from 17th-ranked Community College of Rhode Island , is the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Player of the Week. Garcia led CC Rhode Island to seven consecutive wins last week including the top spot at The Community College of Rhode Island Invitational defeating Essex (twice), Morton, College of Southern Maryland and St. Joseph's. Garcia was voted the tournament MVP as she averaged 5.5 kills, 2.9 blocks, 2.3 digs and 1.0 ace per game and she hit .611 for the tournament.


Division III
Lisa Kurtz
Central Lakes College
High School : Pierz Healy High School
Hometown: Pierz, Minn.

Lisa Kurtz, a 5-10 setter/hitter from Central Lakes College, is the NJCAA Division III Volleyball Player of the Week. Kurtz led Central Lakes to wins over Vermilion and Mesabi Range last week. She averaged 7.2 assists, 4.8 digs and 3.6 kills in the two games. In the match against Mesabi Range, she recorded the elusive triple-double with 27 assists, 24 digs and 14 kills. She is a consistent contributor to a Central Lakes team that is 15-3 overall and 7-1 in the northern division of the MCCC (Minnesota Community College Conference).

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