2000 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year


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2000 AVCA Division III Player of the Year


Candace WilsonColorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Central College's Candace Wilson has been selected as the 2000 AVCA National Player of the Year for NCAA Division III.

Wilson, a senior from Britt, Iowa, has led the Dutch into the Final Four of the NCAA Division III playoffs for the fourth year in a row and a current No. 2 ranking in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 20 Poll. Central, the Final Four host institution, plays Washington University at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 1. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater challenges Juniata College in the opening semifinal match at 5 p.m. CT. The championship match is on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. CT.

Wilson, a three-time first-team AVCA All-American, has led the Iowa Conference in blocks (1.38 per game) and was second in hitting percentage (.417) and kills per game (4.44) this season as Central won its fifth consecutive league title. She has a total of 540 kills and 169 blocks this season in 120 games. Wilson became the first player in Iowa Conference volleyball history to earn first-team all-conference honors four times. She was also named the league's Most Valuable Player in a vote of conference coaches. Central never lost a match against Iowa Conference teams during Wilson's four years, finishing 40-0 in regular-season conference, 12-0 in conference tournament matches and 7-0 in other matches.

Wilson was named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division III National Player of the Week on Sept. 18, 2000. During that week, she led the Dutch to a 5-0 record and Washington National Invitational championship with victories over four teams all ranked among the top 15 teams in the national poll at the time. Wilson contributed a triple-double with 30 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks in Central's win over then-No. 15 Ohio Northern.

Wilson earned Iowa Conference Player of the Week four times in 2000 and was named to four all-tournament teams as a senior. She broke school records for career kills (currently 1,954) and career attack percentage (.399).

Wilson, who prepped at West Hancock High School in Iowa, continues the trend of Central athletes being named AVCA National Player of the Year. Graduated teammate Abbie Brown earned the honor in 1998 and 1999.

The formal presentation of the award to the 2000 AVCA National Players of the Year will be made Dec. 15, 2000, in Richmond, Va., at the AVCA Player of the Year/All-America banquet, beginning at 11 a.m.  The banquet, which will take place at the Richmond Marriott Hotel, is held in conjunction with the 2000 AVCA National Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

AVCA Division III National Players of the Year
2000 Candace Wilson, Central College
1999 Abbie Brown, Central College
1998 Abbie Brown, Central College
1997 Jennifer Martz, Washington Univ.
1996 Amy Ward, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1995 Shelley Swan, Washington Univ.
1994 Amy Albers, Washington University
1993 Amy Albers, Washington University
1992 Lisa Becker, Washington University
          Anastasia Nikas, Stony Brook Univ.
1991 Elizabeth Tan, UC San Diego
1990 Kathy Bersett, Washington Univ.
1989 Lori Nishikawa, Washington Univ.
1988 Lori Nishikawa, Washington Univ.
1987 Janet Hughes, UC San Diego
1986 Anne Westerkamp, Ill. Benedictine
1985 Sherri Petrick, Illinois Benedictine

Photo By: Pete Wright

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