1997 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year


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West Texas A&M's Sarah Butler Named 1997 AVCA Division II Player of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Butler of West Texas A&M has been selected the 1997 Division II National Player of the Year.

The Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Year has led West Texas A&M to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1992.  She earned tournament MVP honors on three occasions this season including the prestigious Colorado Premier Challenge.  Butler received Lone Star Conference South Division Hitter of the Week honors on seven occasions this season.

"Obviously she is a tremendous athlete, but she is a tremendous teammate as well,"  West Texas A&M Head Volleyball Coach Debbie Hendricks said.  "She is as unselfish as they come.  I believe she would be the first to identify that this award is as much a product of an incredible team effort this season as it is an incredible effort by Sarah."

The 1996 Big 12 Freshman of the Year has made a smooth transition into Division II, tallying 570 kills, 389 digs, 110 blocks and a .345 hitting percentage heading into the postseason.  Her season high was 29 kills, 16 digs and seven blocks in a four-game win over Texas Woman's University.

The formal presentation of her award will be made Dec. 19, 1997, in Spokane, Wash., at the AVCA Player of the Year/All-America brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The brunch, which will take place at the  Spokane Doubletree City Center, is held in conjunction with the 1997 AVCA National Convention.

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