1996 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year

11/12/1996

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1996 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year


Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Amy Ward has been selected as the 1996 AVCA National Player of the Year for Division III.

Ward, who hails from Palatine, Ill., is a three-time all-American, and hopes to lead the 40-3 Titans to their first-ever NCAA championship at this weekend's semifinal and championship matches, at Oshkosh.

"Amy Ward on any team would make that team better," UW-Oshkosh coach Marty Petersen said. "We would not be vying for a national championship without a setter like Amy."

On the year, she tallied 122 kills, 101 blocks, 288 digs and 1,499 assists. In the regional finals against Ohio Northern, she posted 39 assists and nine digs. Against Whitewater in the NCAA second round, she had five kills, nine digs, three blocks and 64 assists. A member of three all-tournament teams this season, she led Oshkosh a perennial spot in this year's Top 15.

A three-time Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference member, Ward has recorded 5,050 assists over the last three years. In that time Oshkosh has posted a 120-19 overall record and advanced to the NCAA tournament each season.

"She is the best setter we have ever had, and believe me we have had some great ones," Petersen said. Jamie Ford was a two-time All-American for Oshkosh in 1991 and 1993.

The announcement and formal presentation of awards to the 1996 AVCA Division III All-Americans and the AVCA Division III Player of the Year will be made tonight at the NCAA Division III Women's Championship Banquet on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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