2004 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year


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California State University, San Bernardino's
Brianna Harris Named AVCA Division II Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce California State University, San Bernardino senior outside hitter Brianna Harris as its 2004 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year.

Harris, from Victorville, Calif., has sparked the Coyotes to a 27-3 overall record and spot in this weekend's NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament. She averages 5.31 kills, 2.79 digs and 0.72 blocks per game this season. Harris has attacked at a .322 clip in her final collegiate season. Harris has contributed 28 double-digit kill matches in 2004, in addition to 10 double-doubles (kills and digs) in 30 total matches.

"Brianna has taken Cal State San Bernardino to the Elite Eight again after it lost two impact players in 2003 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year Kim Morohunfola and AVCA Third-Team All-American Kim Ford," AVCA Division II Awards Chair and Augustana Head Coach Kim Sudbeck said. "Brianna is an impact player, someone who has provided Cal State San Bernardino stability as well as strength on the outside to stay among the top eight in the nation."

CSUSB earned a spot in the national quarterfinals by winning the NCAA Division II Pacific Region Tournament. Harris turned in an NCAA Division II Tournament record 45 kills against UC San Diego in the championship match on Nov. 20, including the final three kills of the match while serving and playing back row. She took advantage of a Triton defense keying on senior middle blocker Cathleen Price, who turned in 27 kills herself in the match. Harris averaged 7.5 kills per game and hit .324 in the three matches of the Pacific Region Tournament.

"Any system benefits from a player like Brianna," CSUSB Head Coach Kim Cherniss said. "She has a heart of a lion and has a tremendous work ethic that has yielded great results this season. She has blended well with her teammates, and she is the first to show appreciation to her teammates. Brianna feeds well off her teammates, and vice versa."

Harris sat out the 2003 season after transferring from NCAA Division I Pepperdine University, where she played two seasons. She earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention in 2002. She had 277 kills (3.08 per game) as a sophomore in 2002 on a team that went 26-7.

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 takes 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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