1998 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year


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Melinda Almazan of Regis University Named 1998 AVCA Division II Player of the Year

For immediate release - Dec. 3, 1998
    The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Melinda Almazan of Regis University has been selected the 1998 Division II National Player of the Year.

    The two-time AVCA First-Team All-American has led Regis University to its second consecutive Elite Eight appearance.  She earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, leading the Rangers to the conference tournament title.   They open Elite Eight Tournament play against Pace University, Friday, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Fla.

    Almazan recorded 1,237 assists, 354 digs, 85 kills and a .358 attack percentage heading into postseason play.  She averaged 12.37 assists, 3.54 digs and .85 kills per game in 100 games played.  She had a season-high 82 assists along with nine kills and 20 digs in the five-game RMAC championship victory over Metro State.  Almazan posted 58 assists, 17 digs, seven kills, three aces and a .875 hitting percentage in a five-game victory over No. 2 Tampa.  On the season the Rangers have defeated No. 2 Tampa, No. 6 Central Missouri State, No. 8 Barry, No. 12 West Texas A&M, No. 13 Metro State, No. 16 North Florida, No. 19 Nebraska-Kearney, No. 21 Colorado Christian and No. 24 Cameron.

    The formal presentation of awards to the 1998 AVCA Players of the Year will be made Dec. 18, 1998, in Middleton Wis., at the AVCA Player of the Year/All-America brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The brunch, which will take place at the  Marriott Madison West, is held in conjunction with the 1998 AVCA National Convention.

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