Amy Weststeyn - Biola University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Biola University Middle Blocker Amy Weststeyn has been selected as the 2014 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year.
The AVCA Southwest Region Player of the Year has become one of the most decorated players in program history. She leads the nation with a .433 hitting percentage and seventh averaging 1.27 blocks per set. Additionally, her 3.58 kills per set leads her team as well as her 45 total service aces. She was also strong in the NAIA Tournament against some of the top teams in the country, finishing third in hitting percentage (.370) and second in blocks per set (1.7). The Eagles advanced all of the way to the national semifinals, where they fell to eventual champion Park University.
She is certainly no stranger to individual accolades. She's a four-time AVCA All-Region and All-American earning second team honors her freshman year then making it onto the first team in her final three seasons. Back in November, Weststeyn earned her second Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year award.
"Amy gets a lot of attention, and deservedly so, but I think she'd be the first to say that she has a lot of really good girls around her who make her even better," Seltzer told Steve Ramirez of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "I think getting four kids on this all-conference team is really indicative of the talent we have all over the floor."
Overall, Biola finished the season with a 32-5 record and 15-1 in the GSAC, and won a share of the conference title for the first time since 1997.
The formal presentation of the 2014 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 19 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championships.