2000 Men's National Player of the Year
USC'S DONALD SUXHO NAMED AVCA MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Donald Suxho of USC has been selected as the 2000 National Player of the Year for men's volleyball. Suxho is the second Trojan player to earn the award, following Bryan Ivie in 1991.
Suxho appears as a NCAA Division I/II statistical leader in both service aces per game and assists per game. His .50 ace per game average has him tied for ninth in the nation and a 18.68 assists per game ranked him as the number six setter in the nation. His leadership has helped USC to remain in the number five position nationally for team hitting percentage thus far in the 2000 campaign (.350).
The 6-5 senior setter helped guide the Trojans to a 22-4 record and a No. 1 ranking in the latest USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches' Poll. As the lone senior on the squad he is making the most of his final season and is determined to help USC return to the NCAA championship for the first time since 1991. Presently the Trojans are set to compete for the 2000 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference championship. The No. 1 nationally ranked Trojans, who share a tie for first place of the MPSF Pacific division, travel to No. 2 nationally ranked Pepperdine for the MPSF semifinals; the winner will advance to the championship match April 29th.
Suxho is one of the premier setters in college and holds a USC record for career aces presently at 160. The four-year starter held the number two position in service ace average (.594) and the number seven position in assists average (17.60) at the conclusion of 1999. In 1997, Suxho put his name high on the most assist in a single-match record book; his 129 assists against Ohio State places him in the number two position. At this stage of the 2000 season, he tops USC in assists (1,943) and aces (54), and is second in digs (161) and blocks (90). Suxho is a two-time AVCA first team All-American, first being named to the top squad in 1999.
The senior has established solid statistics for the 2000 season, twice setting a new career high in kills with 10; his other season highs include 108 assists against BYU in February, 12 digs against Stanford in March and 10 total blocks against Loyola Marymount in April.
Formal presentation of the AVCA All-America and National Player of the Year awards will be made Wednesday, May 3rd at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Fort Wayne, Indiana.