2011 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year

12/8/2011

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Brooke Marino - Concordia University Irvine

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Concordia University Irvine Opposite Brooke Marino as the 2011 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year.

In her junior season, the California native led the Eagles to a 37-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the NAIA National Championship match.  After losing the second match of the season, they rattled off a school record 36 consecutive victories before falling to UT-Brownsville in the final.  In that match against the Scorpions, Marino did everything she could to avoid defeat, nailing 16 kills and tallying 10 digs.

Marino finished the season eighth in the NAIA in aces (69), 11th in kills (523), and 15th in kills per set (3.99).  She helped Concordia to its first Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a perfect 18-0 league mark. The Eagles' three No. 1 rankings this season were the first three in program history.  For her efforts, she was named the 2011 NAIA Player of the Year. 

Her awards didn't end there.  In November she was also selected as the 2011 GSAC Player of the Year, just the second time an Eagle has won that honor.  "She is the best player on the best team in the conference," said Dan Fisher, her head coach and 2011 NAIA Coach of the Year.  "She is great statistically, but is also a team captain, and a great leader on and off the court."

The formal presentation of the 2011 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 16 in San Antonio, Texas at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst, held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championships.

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