1999 AVCA National Player of the Year

12/18/1999

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Penn State's Lauren Cacciamani and Stanford's Kerri Walsh Named 1999 AVCA Division I Co-Players of the Year

HONOLULU, Hawai'i -- The AVCA is pleased to announce that Penn State University's Lauren Cacciamani, a senior from Paramus, N.J., and Stanford University's Kerri Walsh, a senior from Saratoga, Calif., were named the 1999 AVCA Division I National Co-Players of the Year.

 Cacciamani, a 6-2 middle blocker, was selected as a repeat AVCA First-Team All-American in 1999.  She was also named an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 1997.  Cacciamani was selected as a repeat member of the GTE Academic All-America Women's Volleyball First Team and was named to the All-Big Ten and was named the Player of the Year.

 Cacciamani leads the squad with 540 kills, averaging 4.66 kills per game.  She has a superb .410 hitting percentage, which leads the nation, and her career .393 average is on pace to break the school record.  Cacciamani also leads the squad with 182 blocks, averaging 1.55 per game.

During the 1999 campaign, Cacciamani was honored as a member of the All Tournament Team for the State Farm/NACWAA Classic, the Penn State Classic and the Penn State Invitational.  She was also named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice.

Walsh, a 6-2 opposite hitter for Stanford University, is a four-time AVCA First-Team All-American -- just the second player in the history of collegiate women's volleyball to earn the honor all four years.  During the 1999 season, she also earned First-Team All-Pacific 10 honors, as well as earning Pacific 10 Player of the Year accolades.

While Walsh has been on the Farm, her teams have been in the national semifinals three times and have won four Pac-10 championships.  Walsh is the Pac-10's active career leader in kills with 1,528; attack percentage (.362); digs (1,268); and total blocks (495).  She ranks among Stanford career leaders in digs (third), blocks (fourth) and kills (fifth).

Walsh currently leads the Cardinal in digs (3.16 per game), while ranking second on the club in kills (3.22 per game), as well as third in attack percentage (.356) and blocks (1.34 blocks per game).  She recently earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the Pacific Regionals.

Cacciamani and Walsh will meet in the finals of the 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship, Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawai'i campus.

The 1999 AVCA All-America/Player of the Year awards were handed out at a banquet held Dec. 17, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, in conjunction with the AVCA National Convention.
 

Previous AVCA Division I Players of the Year:
1998: Misty May, Long Beach State
1997: Misty May, Long Beach State
1996: Angelica Ljungquist, Hawai'i
1995: Cary Wendell, Stanford and Allison Weston, Nebraska
1994: Laura Davis, Ohio State
1993: Danielle Scott, Long Beach State
1992: Natalie Williams, UCLA
1991: Antoinnette White, Long Beach State
1990: Bev Oden, Stanford
1989: Tara Cross, Long Beach State and Teee Williams, Hawai'i
1988: Tara Cross, Long Beach State
1987: Teee Williams, Hawai'i
1986: Mariliisa Salmi, BYU
1985: Kim Oden, Stanford

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