2009 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year
Maggie McNamara - Concordia University-St.Paul
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2009) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Concordia University-St. Paul senior setter Maggie McNamara has been named the 2009 Division II Nfinity/AVCA National Player of the Year, becoming only the fourth athlete in the award's history to earn back-to-back honors.
McNamara's stellar play and leadership have been instrumental in allowing Concordia-St. Paul to remain one of the premiere volleyball programs in NCAA Division II. The Golden Bears have rolled to a perfect 34-0 record on the season and are riding a Division II-record 71-match win streak into Thursday's NCAA Championship quarterfinal match against the University of Indianapolis.
Hailing from Zumbrota, Minn., McNamara led the nation in assists for the fourth-consecutive season, averaging 13.24 helpers per set. She rewrote the record book for NCAA Division II career assists in Concordia-St. Paul's final regular season match against St. Cloud State University and has now tallied 7,217 assists during her illustrious tenure on the St. Paul campus. With her help, the Golden Bears led the nation in kills per set in 2009 and ranked second in team hitting percentage. In addition, McNamara has racked up 1,273 career digs while wearing the navy blue and Vegas gold.
McNamara's contributions to the Concordia-St. Paul volleyball program have not gone unnoticed. In addition to her two straight Nfinity/AVCA Division II National Player of the Year awards, she is a four-time AVCA Division II All-America honoree, having garnered First-Team accolades in each of the last three seasons and Second-Team laurels in 2006, a year in which she was also tabbed the AVCA Division II National Freshman of the Year. The senior phenom has been dubbed the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons and is a four-time All-NSIC honoree. In addition, McNamara has twice been lauded as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week.
Since arriving on campus, McNamara and the Golden Bears have powered their way to an impressive 143-8 overall record and currently stand as the two-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions. The team captured its seventh straight NSIC title in 2009, completing its fifth undefeated conference season in the past six years with an unblemished 20-0 mark, and also laid claim to its fifth NCAA Division II Central Region crown.
The formal presentation of the 2009 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 18 in Tampa, Fla., at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention.
Nfinity/AVCA Division II National Players of the Year
2009: Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul
2008: Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul
2007: Vicky Braegelmann, Minnesota Duluth
2006: Vicky Braegelmann, Minnesota Duluth; Li YiZhi, Lock Haven
2005: Erin Gudmundson, Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney
2004: Brianna Harris, Cal State, San Bernardino
2003: Kim Morohunfola, Cal State, San Bernardino
2002: Erin Deffenbaugh, Northern Colorado
2001: Shauna Sturm, South Dakota State
2000: Kari Peterson, Augustana (S.D.)
1999: Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M
1998: Melinda Almazan, Regis
1997: Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M
1996: Liu Jun, Northern Michigan
1995: Liu Jun, Northern Michigan
1994: Christy Wieneke, Cal State Bakersfield
1993: Stacey Metro, Northern Michigan
1992: Stacey Metro, Northern Michigan
1991: Ana Cristina Pereira, West Texas A&M
1990: Becky Belland, Central Missouri State
1989: Sheri Benson, UC Riverside
1988: Janet Cobbs, North Dakota State
1987: Angela Brinton, Cal State-Northridge
1986: Annie Kniss, UC Riverside
1985: Lynda Johnson, Portland State