2001 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year


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Shauna Sturm of South Dakota State Named 2001 AVCA Division II Player of the Year

    South Dakota State's Shauna SturmColorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that South Dakota State University's Shauna Sturm, a 5-11 senior middle blocker from Springfield, Minn., has been selected the 2001 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year.

    Sturm, an AVCA Division II All-America repeat selection, was named to the AVCA North Central All-Region Team for the third consecutive year earlier this month. The North Central Conference Player of the Year, Sturm ranked among the top three league leaders in kills, hitting percentage and blocks. She holds team-best season averages of 3.79 kills and 1.23 blocks, as well as a .359 hitting percentage. Her 117 block assists total is an SDSU single-season record.

    Sturm has turned in 13 double-doubles this season, in addition to posting the first triple-double in school history with 20 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks in the 2001 NCAA regional semifinals. She pounded 20 or more kills in four outings, including a season-best 27 versus Northern Colorado. In the Jackrabbits' 31 matches, Sturm has been held to single-digit kills just five times. Twice she collected 20 or more digs and blocked into double digits on two occasions.

    An All-NCC Academic Team selection, Sturm was named to three all-tournament teams during the season. On the SDSU career charts, she ranks third in kills with 1,480 and fourth in block assists with 266. She should complete her SDSU career this weekend ranked second in hitting percentage.

    South Dakota State (26-5) is making its first-ever NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament appearance. The Jackrabbits have faced some tough competition all season long with 71 percent of their games against regionally ranked opponents. During those contests, Sturm has averaged 3.82 kills with an attack percentage of .337.

    The formal presentation of the award to the 2001 AVCA National Players of the Year will be made Dec. 14, in San Diego, Calif., at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year banquet. The banquet, which will take place at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, is held in conjunction with the 2001 AVCA National Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship.

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