2011 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year

4/26/2011

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2011 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year

Levi Cabral - California Baptist University 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce outside hitter/opposite Levi Cabral of California Baptist University as the 2011 NAIA Men's National Player of the Year.

 

The junior phenom guided California Baptist to a 26-5 record in 2011 and propelled the Lancers to their second consecutive and eighth overall NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational title. Cal Baptist earned the event's No. 1 overall seed, and with Cabral's talent and leadership, won their assigned pool and advanced to the single-elimination championship bracket. After dealing Park University a 3-1 defeat in the tournament semifinals, the Lancers knocked out St. Ambrose University in sweeping fashion in the championship match. As a result of his efforts at the event, Cabral was named the NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Most Valuable Player. CBU also chalked up eight victories over NCAA Division I teams this season, including wins over the past two NCAA Division I-II National Champions, Stanford University and UC Irvine.

 

A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native, Cabral smashed 414 kills in 2011, for an average of 3.91 kills per set, while hitting .378. In addition, he led the team in service aces with 50, while also totaling 129 digs and 47 blocks on the year.

 

During his time with the Lancers program, California Baptist has put together a 74-24 record. In that time, Cabral has compiled career totals of 1.479 kills, 136 service aces, 394 digs and 196 blocks, while becoming only one of two players in CBU history to net over 500 kills in a single season.

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