1998 Men's National Player of the Year
Roumain Selected 1998 AVCA Men's National Player of the Year
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that George Roumain of Pepperdine University has been selected as the 1998 National Player of the Year for menâs volleyball.
Roumain, a 6-6 opposite hitter, is the first Wave player to earn AVCA Player of the Year honors. He is a repeat AVCA First-Team All-American selection, and earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year honors this season. The junior has led the Waves back to the NCAA championship for the first time since 1992, when they captured the national title. Pepperdine enters the championship with a 22-4 overall record and the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll.
Roumain leads the Waves in kills (682), aces (26) and ranks third in hitting percentage (.427), digs (173) and blocks (127). He scored a season-high 42 kills in the MPSF championship victory over UCLA last Saturday. He has posted double-digit kills in all 25 matches he has played, including 21 matches with 20 or more kills. A two-time AVCA Player of the Week, Roumain has hit .300 or better in all but two matches this season.
Formal presentation of the AVCA All-America and National Player of the Year awards will be made April 29, 1998, at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Honolulu, Hawaii.