2004 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year


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Carli Dale of Juniata College
Named AVCA Division III National Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Juniata College senior setter Carli Dale as its 2004 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year.

Dale, a native of Cochranton, Penn., averages 13.44 assists, 1.16 kills, 3.47 digs, 0.38 service aces and 0.25 blocks per game entering this weekend as the top-ranked Eagles head into the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals versus ninth-ranked New York University. She has helped Juniata to a .302 team hitting percentage and ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game. Dale is second on the team in digs and digs per game with 416 and 3.47, respectively. She is third on the squad with a .419 hitting percentage.

Dale passed the 6,000-career assist mark earlier this season and notched her fourth season with at least 1,500-assists. She has helped Juniata to at least the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal round in each of the last four years, including a third-place finish in 2001. Dale is a three-time AVCA All-America selection and was named to the first team the last two years.

"Carli is an exceptional person and athlete who is an example of everything good about college athletics," Juniata Head Coach Larry Bock said. "She excels in every area in which she competes. Carli's leadership and personality inspires her teammates and inspires me. I've never coached a harder worker, and I can't imagine a more deserving recipient of this award."

Dale was selected to all-tournament teams at the Salisbury Eastern Shore Invitational, the Washington University Teri Clemens National Invitational and the Trinity (Texas) National Invitational. She was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, 2004, and was the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week on three occasions this season. Dale is the first Juniata player to be named the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year.

The formal presentation of the 2004 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 17 in Long Beach, Calif., at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The banquet, which will take place at the Long Beach Westin Hotel, is held in conjunction with the 2004 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship.

AVCA Division III National Players of the Year

2004 Carli Dale, Juniata College
2003 Amy Smith, University of La Verne
2002 Rebecca Rotello, Washington University
2001 Allison Erickson, Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000 Candace Wilson, Central College
1999 Abbie Brown, Central College
1998 Abbie Brown, Central College
1997 Jennifer Martz, Washington University
1996 Amy Ward, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1995 Shelley Swan, Washington University
1994 Amy Albers, Washington University
1993 Amy Albers, Washington University
1992 Lisa Becker, Washington University
          Anastasia Nikas, Stony Brook University
1991 Elizabeth Tan, UC San Diego
1990 Kathy Bersett, Washington University
1989 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University
1988 Lori Nishikawa, Washington University
1987 Janet Hughes, UC San Diego
1986 Anne Westerkamp, Benedictine University
1985 Sherri Petrick, Benedictine University

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