2004 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year


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Concordia University Irvine Sophomore Raquel Ferreira
Named AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Concordia University Irvine sophomore outside hitter Raquel Ferreira as its 2004 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year.

Ferreira was instrumental in leading Concordia to a second-place finish in the 2004 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, in which she captured the tournament's most valuable player award. She became the first-ever member of the Eagle 500-500 club with 677 kills and 526 digs in 2004. Ferreira averaged 5.46 kills, 4.24 digs, 0.56 blocks and 0.89 aces per game as Concordia finished the season 34-6. She tallied a .363 hitting percentage over the course of the season, which set a an all-time school record. Ferreira is the first Eagle to earn AVCA NAIA All-America First-Team honors in volleyball and is the first NAIA Player of the Year for Concordia in any sport.

The formal presentation of the award to the 2004 AVCA National Players 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.

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