2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Player of the Year


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Xiao Liang - Iowa Lakes Community College


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Iowa Lakes Community College sophomore RS/opposite Xiao Liang as its 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Player of the Year.

Liang, the first Iowa Lakes  player to receive this award, helped guide the Lakers to a 35-9 record this season and a fifth-place showing in the NJCAA Division II National Championship.  In her two years in an Iowa Lakes jersey, Liang helped the program to consecutive fifth-place Tournament finishes and one AVCA First-Team All-American appearance.  

In 2011, IL went a perfect 9-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, including Region XI-A Champions and ICCAC Champions.  Liang were named First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All XI-A Region.

In the NJCAA Division II Tournament, Liang recorded two double-doubles in four matches, including two matches with 20+kills. Against Kishwaukee College, Liang smashed 20 kills and racked up another 17 digs.  However, that didn't even turn out to be her finest performance of the tournament.  Against Grand Rapids Community College the following day, she nailed another 22 kills and tallied another 18 digs.

For the season, she had 3.53 kills per set (18th nationally) and hit an astounding .420 (11th nationally).  But what is not to be overlooked are her defensive capabilities, averaging 4.56 digs and 1.86 blocks (4th nationally) per set.

The formal presentation of the AVCA Two-Year Colleges 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.



AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Players of the Year

2011:  Xiao Liang (Iowa Lakes) 

2010: Roslandy Acosta (Cowley County)

2009: Yiting Cao (Illinois Central)

2008: Kayla Schmidt (Blinn)

2007: Soriana Pacheco (Western Nebraska)

2006: Juliana Paz (Iowa Western)

2005: JoAnna Kaczor (Southern Idaho)

2004: Keila Oliviera (Miami-Dade)

2003: Nevena Siljegovic (Moorpark)

2002: Madelaynne Montano (Miami-Dade)

2001: Juliana Escobar (Barton County)

2000: Stephanie Martin (Southern Idaho)

1999: Fabiana Spisso de Abreu (Southern Idaho)

1998: Fabiana Spisso de Abreu (Southern Idaho)

1997: Hai Yan (Southern Idaho)

1996: Jenni Roselli (Spokane Falls)

1995: Paula Araujo (Southern Idaho)

1994: Katianne Simonetti (Southern Idaho)

1993: Jessica Lee (Golden West)

1992: Pele Baker (Eastern Arizona)

1991: Hilda Gaxiola (Texas Southmost)

1990: Sandra Pena (Miami-Dade-Wolfson Campus)

1989: Kristine Cousins (Miami-Dade-South Campus)

1988: Nicole Stubbs (Schoolcraft)

1987: Sonia Trevino (San Jacinto-Central Campus)



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