1999 Men's National Player of the Year


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Roumain Selected 1999 AVCA Men's National Player of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that George Roumain of Pepperdine University has been selected as the 1999 National Player of the Year for men's volleyball. Romain is just the second player to earn the award twice, joining UCLA's Jeff Nygaard who received the award in 1994 and 95.

Roumain led the nation by averaging 8.55 kills per game. He also was third with a 2.47 digs per game average, 10th with a .446 hitting percentage and 12th with a .452 service aces per game average. Despite missing Pepperdine's last two matches with an ankle injury, he had 30 or more kills in eight matches, including a high of 47 kills in a four-game win over Pacific.

The 6-6 outside hitter helped guide the Waves to a 20-5 record and a No. 5 ranking in the latest USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches' Poll. He paced the team in hitting percentage (.446), kills (624), attacks (1,065) and service aces (33). He finished second in total digs (180), but averaged a team-leading 2.47 digs per game.

Roumain finished in the top ten in four statistical categories in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and took the MPSF Player of the Year Award fore the second year in a row. He was also named the AVCA Player of the Week twice in 1999, giving him the honor a total of four times during his career.

The senior also earned first team All-America honors for the third time this season, making him one of only five players to earn that distinction. Nygaard, Penn State's Ivan Contreras, Stanford's Matt Fuerbringer and BYU's Ryan Millar are the other three-time first-team All-Americans.

Formal presentation of the AVCA All-America and National Player of the Year awards will be made today at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Los Angeles.

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