2007 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year
Minnesota Duluth's Vicky Braegelmann Named Division II AVCA National Player of the Year
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that University of Minnesota Duluth senior right side/opposite hitter Vicky Braegelmann has been named 2007 Division II AVCA National Player of the Year. Braegelmann becomes just the third back-to-back winner of this award at the Division II level, as she shared the honor with Li YiZhi of Lock Haven University a year ago.
Braegelmann, a native of Albany, Minn., was dominant in leading Minnesota Duluth to another stellar season in 2007, as they posted a 29-2 overall record. The Bulldogs were ranked in the top four in the CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll all season, including two weeks as the nation's top team. In her four seasons on the Duluth campus, Braegelmann's Bulldog teams went 114-16, for an incredible .877 winning percentage, including two trips to the national semifinals.
UMD rolled through the North Central Conference again this season, going undefeated for the second consecutive year. The Bulldogs have now won the NCC crown each of the last four years with Braegelmann on the squad, and she was named Player of the Year in the conference for the third time in 2007, the first player in conference history to accomplish that feat.
Braegelmann led the conference in kills per game, and was second in hitting percentage and points per game. She closed out her career as the leader at UMD in kills and hitting percentage, and she ranked among the nation's elite in both of those categories this season as well.
In addition to being named AVCA Division II National Player of the Year, Braegelmann is a four-time AVCA First-Team All-American, only the second player to earn four first-team accolades in the 27-year history of the AVCA Division II All-America program. Portland State University's Lynda Johnson was the first, garnering first-team honors from 1982-1985.
Last season, Braegelmann became the first female athlete in Minnesota Duluth athletics history to be named National Player of the Year, as well as the first NCAA Division II athlete in Minnesota Duluth athletics history to be named National Player of the Year in any sport.
The formal presentation of the 2007 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 14 in Sacramento, Calif., at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The banquet, which will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center, is held in conjunction with the 2007 AVCA Annual Convention.