1996 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year

12/2/1996

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1996 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year


Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Liu Jun of Northern Michigan University has been selected as the 1996 Player of the Year for Division II. Jun, a senior setter, is a three-time All-American and was also selected as the 1995 Player of the Year.

Jun, who hails from Tian Jin, China, has led Northern Michigan to the national championship match the last three years and claimed the title in 1994. In her three seasons as a starter, the Wildcats have posted a 97-11 overall record.

This season, Jun has recorded 1,354 assists, 333 digs, 202 kills and a .366 hitting percentage. A two-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she was named MVP of the Northern Michigan Asics Challenge and the NMU Asics Invitational. She recorded three triple-doubles on the season, including a 73-assist, 12-kill, 11-dig performance against defending national champion Barry University. She had a career-high 82 assists, along with 10 kills and 23 digs, against St. Cloud State.

Northern Michigan head coach Mark Rosen, behind the tremendous skills of Jun, has led the Wildcats into the Elite Eight for the sixth straight year.

"This is a great honor for Jun," Rosen said. "She has been a big part of our success for the last three seasons. This award means a lot to Jun and to our program."

This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the setter from Northern Michigan has earned the National Player of the Year award. Current Kansas State assistant coach Stacy Metro received the honor in 1992 and 1993.

The announcement and formal presentation of awards to the 1996 AVCA Division II All-Americans and the AVCA Division II Player of the Year will be made tonight at the NCAA Division II Women's Championship Banquet on the campus of Central Missouri State University.

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