2012 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year

4/26/2012

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2012 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year

Dan Dowjotas - St. Ambrose University

 

Dan DowjotasLEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce outside hitter Dan Dowjotas of St, Ambrose University as the 2012 NAIA Men's National Player of the Year.

The senior All-American had a tremendous year leading the Bees to a 33-win season, MAMVIC regular season and conference tournament championships and a second straight appearance in the national championship match. Their win total was the most in the country, with Park University and Missouri Baptist College ranking second with 12 fewer victories. A large part of that was the dominant force Dowjotas was all season long. He ended the season ranked third in the nation with 4.0 kills per set and in the top-10 with a .337 hitting percentage. The Illinois native didn't just perform on the offensive end, finishing second on the team with 1.50 digs per set and accumulating just 17 reception errors all season.

 

For his outstanding efforts in the NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament, the senior was named to the All-Tournament Team. His season accolades don't end there as he was also named the MAMVIC East Division Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference. On March 26th, Dowjotas was named the NAIA Men's Volleyball Player of the Week.

 

As a team, SAU topped the nation in hitting percentage (.298), kills per set (12.9), assists per set (12.2) and total service aces (178).

 

During his time with the Bees program, St. Ambrose put together a 108-32 record. In that four-year span, Dowjotas has compiled career totals of 1,652 kills, 729 digs and 229 blocks.

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