2001 Men's National Player of the Year

5/2/2001

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Hawai'i Sophomore Costas Theocharidis Name
AVCA Men's National Player of the Year

FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2001
Contact: Bill Kauffman, AVCA director of communications

Colorado Springs, Colo. ­ The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Costas Theocharidis has been selected as the 2001 National Player of the Year for men's volleyball. Theocharidis is the second Warrior player to earn the award, following Yuval Katz in 1996.

In just his second collegiate season, Theocharidis has added the AVCA National Player of the Year award to his collection of honors. He is a repeat selection to the AVCA All-America First-Team, following his AVCA Newcomer of the Year season in 2000.

Theocharidis finished 2001 with a 5.04 kills per game average to rank fifth nationally, along with an impressive .340 attack percentage. He earned the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I-II National Player of the Week honor twice this season.

Theocharidis, who also was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, became just the 10th Warrior to reach 1,000 career kills, doing so in just his second season. He managed double-digit kills in all but one match this season. He tallied 30 kills twice this season, topped by a season-high 34 against Pepperdine.

Theocharidis and his Warrior teammates did not receive a breather on the schedule as all but one of 26 matches this season were against teams ranked among the USA TODAY/AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll. Hawai'i finished the season with a 19-7 record, and was 18-7 against nationally ranked opponents. The Warriors are currently ranked third in the USA TODAY/AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll.

Formal presentation of the AVCA All-America and National Player of the Year awards will be made Wednesday, May 2, at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Long Beach, Calif.

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