KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Paula Ferreira of Columbia (Mo.) has been named NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Ferreira was selected based on her performance from Sept. 17 - 23 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Ferreira, a 5-9 senior setter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, led the Cougars to a 5-0 record this past week. In a 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) victory over William Woods (Mo.), Ferreira recorded 41 assists, six digs and six kills. Ferreira continued her outstanding play in the La Quinta-KWU Volleyball Invitational where she averaged 13.1 assists per set and was named Most Valuable Player. On Sept. 22 Ferreira recorded a season-best 63 assists, 11 kills and a career-high six aces. In 16 sets this week, Ferreira recorded 210 assists, 35 digs, 24 kills and 12 aces.
Ferreira leads the NAIA in assists per set averaging 12.23. She leads the Cougars with 697 assists on the season, which is eighth most in the nation.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Oct. 2. For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist; Kristen Dipaola, Dakota State (S.D.); Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsvile; Sarah Becker, Jamestown (N.D.); Chrissie Jeannin, Ottawa (Kan.); Caitlin Burroughs, Indiana East; Molly Brewster, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Andrea Taylor, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Madison Serrano, Westmont (Calif.); Fernanda Ferreira, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Kelsea Nova, Indiana Tech; Marcella Oliveira, Tougaloo (Miss.); Lacey Taylor, William Penn (Iowa); Hay Karimah, Webber International (Fla.); Paula Martins, Lee (Tenn.); Erynn Schuh, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Kylie Whaley, Milligan (Tenn.); Niurka Toribio, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Kaitlin Floerchinger, Northwestern (Iowa); Kristine Egebrecht, Indiana Wesleyan; Stefani Sorensen, Eastern Oregon; Mahlet Lee, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Joy Leick, Saint Mary (Neb.).
2012 Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 5): Patricia Souza, Park (Mo.)
Week 2 (Sept. 12): Kendra Schwein, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 19): Jordan Holcomb, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 4 (Sept. 26): Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)