Lexington, Ky. (December 4, 2014) -The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that University of Tampa junior outside hitter Berkley Whaley has been selected as the 2014 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year.
Whaley shined throughout the entire 2014 season, helping her team to a 28-1 regular season record and a 31-1 overall record heading into the NCAA DII National Tournament. During one stretch, Tampa rattled off 27 consecutive victories and posted a flawless 16-0 Sunshine State Conference record.
The 6-0 junior hails from St. Petersburg, FL and has performed at a high level throughout her collegiate career, including her freshman year at the University of Florida. Whaley is not only a two-time Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, she has also been named to the All-SSC First Team in both of her seasons at Tampa. A five-time SSC Player of the Week in 2014, Whaley is the team leader with 409 kills, 22 service aces and 461.5 points while hitting an astounding .371 from her outside hitter spot.
Whaley was dominant in Sunshine State Conference play, leading the conference in kills (381) and kills per set (4.14). She ended the season fourth in hitting percentage (.373). For her outstanding play, Whaley was selected as an AVCA DII First-Team All-American for the second straight year.
The Spartans have spent the past ten weeks atop the AVCA DII Coaches Top 25 poll in large part due to Whaley's powerful offensive presence. She also contributed significantly to Tampa's string of undefeated conference slates, which dates back to 2012. Whaley was recently named the MVP of the Colorado Premier Challenge and selected as a Daktronics South Region First-Team All-American.
The formal presentation of the 2014 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year will be made Friday, December 19th in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. The banquet is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.
Division II AVCA National Players of the Year
2014: Berkley Whaley, University of Tampa
2013: Kate Lange, University of Minnesota Duluth
2012: Danielle Selkridge, University of Tampa
2011: Samantha Middleborn, Cal State San Bernardino
2010: Samantha Middleborn, Cal State San Bernardino
2009: Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul
2008: Maggie McNamara, Concordia-St. Paul
2007: Vicky Braegelmann, Minnesota Duluth
2006: Vicky Braegelmann, Minnesota Duluth; Li YiZhi, Lock Haven
2005: Erin Gudmundson, Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney
2004: Brianna Harris, Cal State San Bernardino
2003: Kim Morohunfola, Cal State San Bernardino
2002: Erin Deffenbaugh, Northern Colorado
2001: Shauna Sturm, South Dakota State
2000: Kari Peterson, Augustana (S.D.)
1999: Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M
1998: Melinda Almazan, Regis
1997: Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M
1996: Liu Jun, Northern Michigan
1995: Liu Jun, Northern Michigan
1994: Christy Wieneke, Cal State Bakersfield
1993: Stacey Metro, Northern Michigan
1992: Stacey Metro, Northern Michigan
1991: Ana Cristina Pereira, West Texas A&M
1990: Becky Belland, Central Missouri State
1989: Sheri Benson, UC Riverside
1988: Janet Cobbs, North Dakota State
1987: Angela Brinton, Cal State-Northridge
1986: Annie Kniss, UC Riverside
1985: Lynda Johnson, Portland State