2000 AVCA NAIA All-America Teams

12/8/2000

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2000 AVCA NAIA All-Americans


Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its women's volleyball All-America teams for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.

Dickinson State University (N.D.) outside hitter Neslihan Yilmaz was honored as the 2000 NAIA Volleyball Player of the Year. She helped lead the Lady Blue Hawks to the 2000 NAIA national title with a win over reigning champion Columbia College on Dec. 2, 2000

2000 AVCA NAIA First-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
Susan Clements Georgetown College (Ky.) OH 5-9 Jr. Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Freund Missouri Baptist College MB 6-1 Sr. Eureka, Missouri
Nino Gonzalez Columbia College (Mo.) OH 6-2 Fr. Aragua, Venezuela
Kristen Lebeda + College of Saint Mary (Neb.) OH 5-9 Jr. Omaha, Nebraska
Brandy Malewski +@ Madonna University (Mich.) MB 5-10 Sr. Redford, Michigan
Janaina Miranda * Palm Beach AtlanticCollege (Fla.) OH 5-10 Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Carolina Sbodio Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) OH 6-0 Fr. Santa Fe, Argentina
Endrinha Sosa Columbia College (Mo.) OH 6-1 So. Merida, Venezuela
Mindy Wallis Concordia University (Ore.) S 5-10 So. Spokane, Washington
Yi Wang * College of Notre Dame (Calif.) MB 6-3 Jr. Shanghai, China
Kelly Watney +# Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) S 5-11 Sr. Fresno, California
Neslihan Yilmaz #^% Dickinson State University (ND) OH 5-9 Sr. Istanbul, Turkey

2000 AVCA NAIA Second-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
Darci Bouma Dordt College (Iowa) MB 5-9  Jr. Orange City, Iowa
Sola Del Rio Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) S 5-7 So. Oceanside, California
Rachel Dinkins Houston Baptist University OH 5-10 Jr. Sugarland, Texas
Diana Jensen Graceland College (Iowa) OH 6-1 Sr. Stockton, California
Marla Mach College of Saint Mary (Neb.) S 5-10 Fr. Omaha, Nebraska
Kate Millen Grace College (Ind.) MB 6-1 Sr. Waukesha, Wisconsin
Shannon O'Connor Dominican College (Calif.) RS/Opp 5-11 Jr. Novato, California
Marci Pascua + Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) S 5-5 Sr. Crass Valley, California
Irina Polikarpova Bellevue University (Neb.) OH 5-10 Sr. Moscow, Russia
Mindy Ratliff Lubbock Christian University (Texas) MB 6-1 Sr. Dumas, Texas
Christine Schmitt Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) OH 5-10 Sr. Stanford, Montana
Fernanda Vivancos National American University S/OH 5-10 Fr. Sao Paulo, Brazil

2000 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year:  Neslihan Yilmaz, Dickinson State University

* indicates 1999 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
+ indicates 1999 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
# indicates 1998 AVCA First-Team All-America selection
@ indicates 1998 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
^ indicates 1997 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection
% indicates 1996 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection

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