2001 AVCA JC/CC NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

12/14/2001

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BARTON COUNTY'S JULIANA ESCOBAR NAMED 2001 AVCA JC/CC NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Barton County Community College's Juliana Escobar, a 5-11 sophomore outside hitter, has been selected as the 2001 AVCA Junior College/Community College National Player of the Year.

Escobar, who is from Brasilia, Brasil, paced the Cougars to a 33-8 overall record and eighth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament. She tallied 549 kills (5.66 per game), 328 digs (3.38 per game), 22 blocks (0.23 bper game), 101 service aces (1.04 per game) as a sophomore this season. Escobar, a two-time AVCA Junior/Community College All-America First-Team selection, attacked at a .300 percentage on 1,112 swings this season.

As a freshman in 2000, Escobar turned in one of the best season's in Barton County history, setting four single-season school records during the Cougars 49-6 season. Escobar recorded 926 kills during the 2000 season, smashing the old record of 570. Escobar also set the record for kills per game at 6.52. She also broke the single-season mark for digs in a season with 370. To top things off, Escobar also holds the single season mark for aces with 165 as a freshman. In her two-year career at Barton County, she has 1,475 kills, 698 digs and 266 service aces.

The formal presentation of the 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year award will be made Dec. 14, 2001, in San Diego at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year banquet, beginning at 11 a.m.  The banquet, which will take place at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, is held in conjunction with the 2001 AVCA National Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship. 
 

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