Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that College of Southern Idaho's Fabiana Abreu has been selected as the 1998 AVCA National Player of the Year for JC/CC.
Abreu, a freshman outside hitter/setter, led the College of Southern Idaho to a 59-0 overall record this season and its sixth straight NJCAA national championship. She was named the tournament MVP at the national tournament and the Utah Valley State Invitational. CSI also claimed the McHenry Classic, the Applebees College of Southern Idaho Invitational and posted an undefeated record at the Valley of the Sun Tournament.
Abreu contributed 816 assists, 543 kills, 225 digs, 115 blocks, 82 aces and a .402 hitting percentage. Her season high in hitting percentage came in a two-game win over California Community College champion Golden West, where she had nine kills with no errors on 10 attempts. She posted three triple-doubles this season, including season highs of 34 assists, 20 kills and 11 digs against Utah Valley State College. In the national championship match against Miami-Dade, she pounded 14 kills, along with 20 assists and nine digs.
Southern Idaho has posted a 380-1 record over the last six seasons, and has won the most consecutive NJCAA national championships (six). Dating back to last season, the Golden Eagles have captured 90 consecutive matches.
The formal presentation of awards to the 1998 AVCA National Players of the Year will be made Dec. 18, 1998, in Madison, Wis., at the AVCA Player of the Year/All-America brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m. The brunch, which will take place at the Marriott Madison West, is held in conjunction with the 1998 AVCA National Convention.