2005 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year


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Courtney Rose of Emory University Named AVCA Division III Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2005) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Emory University junior outside hitter Courtney Rose as its 2005 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year.

Rose, a native of Palo Alto, Calif., averages 3.82 kills, 3.42 digs, 0.52 blocks and 0.49 aces per game entering this weekend as the top-ranked Eagles head into the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals versus University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has helped Emory to a 32-5 overall record and the school's first-ever UAA Athletic Association championship. Rose was named the UAA most valuable player and is currently attacking at a .429 clip.

"We are thrilled for Courtney that she was chosen AVCA National Player of the Year!" Emory University Head Coach Jenny McDowell said. "This is a great tribute to her and the entire Emory volleyball program! Courtney is an extremely talented player, but what sets her apart from the rest is her competitive spirit. Courtney is without a doubt the greatest competitor that I have had the privilege of coaching. Thanks to the AVCA for selecting her for this special award."

Rose has turned in 19 double-figure kill matches, including a season-high 22 kills versus Austin College in the NCAA Division III Tournament South Regional final on Nov. 12. She has added 13 double-doubles (kills-digs) in 2005, including an 18-kill, 26-dig effort against NCAA Division II fourth-ranked North Alabama on Oct. 30. Rose has attacked at a .417 percentage against teams currently ranked among the top five of the CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll. She compiled a .900 attack percentage versus New York University with 18 kills on 20 errorless swings on Oct. 15.

Rose, who was selected to the 2004 AVCA All-America Second Team, has been named to five all-tournament teams this season. During her three seasons with Emory, she has 1,085 kills with a career attack percentage of .320. Rose holds career averages of 3.06 kills, 2.91 digs, 0.38 blocks and 0.37 aces per game.

The formal presentation of the 2005 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 16 in San Antonio at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The banquet, which will take place at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, is held in conjunction with the 2005 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship.

AVCA Division III National Players of the Year
2005 Courtney Rose, Emory University
2004 Carli Dale, Juniata College
2003 Amy Smith, University of La Verne
2002 Rebecca Rotello, Washington University
2001 Allison Erickson, Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000 Candace Wilson, Central College
1999 Abbie Brown, Central College
1998 Abbie Brown, Central College
1997 Jennifer Martz, Washington University
1996 Amy Ward, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1995 Shelley Swan, Washington University
1994 Amy Albers, Washington University
1993 Amy Albers, Washington University
1992 Lisa Becker, Washington University
Anastasia Nikas, Stony Brook University
1991 Elizabeth Tan, UC San Diego
1990 Kathy Bersett, Washington University
1989 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University
1988 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University
1987 Janet Hughes, UC San Diego
1986 Anne Westerkamp, Benedictine University
1985 Sherri Petrick, Benedictine University

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