Ferreira filled up the stat sheet over the past week as she led the third-ranked Cougars (7-2) to wins in four of their five matches. She totaled 36 kills, 191 assists, 52 digs, eight service aces and had four solo blocks while playing in all 17 sets. Columbia’s only loss of the week came when No. 20 Oklahoma Baptist upset the Cougars in four sets on Saturday at the Graceland (Iowa) Invitational. Ferreira dished out 40 assists and recorded 25 digs in the defeat.
The 5-8 junior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, currently ranks seventh in the NAIA in assists per match at 11.27. Ferreira’s 338 assists and 12 service aces are also team-highs. She is the reigning NAIA Player of the Year after winning the award as a sophomore.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Sept. 20.
Nominees: Zipporah Washington, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Lindsey Adams, Siena Heights (Mich.); Kaley Lyons, Evangel (Mo.); Bethany Beckman, Arizona Christian (Ariz.); Bailey Bunting, Texas Wesleyan; Loren Olive, Shorter (Ga.); Jenavera Gibson, Mid-Continent (Ky.); Susan Rollman, Doane (Neb.); Kristen Hendrickson, Ottawa (Kan.); Lindsey Oberacker, Point Park (Pa.); Brooke Marino, Concordia (Calif.); Katie Zent, Jamestown (N.D.); Brianna Strete, Indiana East; Kristin Barott, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Devon Jensen, Grand View (Iowa); Erin Didier, John Brown (Ark.); Taylor Martin, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Erica Allman, Columbia (S.C.); Sarah Mlachnik, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Mariah Mock, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Shannon Cahill, Campbellsville (Ky.); Stephanie Lawson, Grace (Ind.); Sarah Holgen, Southern Oregon; Stephenie Monderine, Menlo (Calif.).
2011 Composite Winners
Week 1: Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville
Week 2: Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)