Dec. 17, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - California volleyball senior setter Carli Lloyd has been selected as the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Year. The three-time All-American was presented with the award at the AVCA All-American/Players of the Year Awards Banquet presented by Zamst on Friday, Dec. 17, in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Convention. She is the first Golden Bear to garner the award.
"It feels amazing to win this award," said Lloyd. "It's truly a reflection of all of the hard work that my teammates and I have put in this year."
The Bonsall, Calif. native is Cal's only All-American setter and is the second player in program history to receive three AVCA All-America certificates. She is a three-time member of the AVCA All-Pacific Region team and was selected to the All-Pac-10 team twice.
Lloyd has been instrumental to California's success for the past four seasons. She guided the Bears to four appearances in NCAA Regional final matches, and was named to all-regional tournament teams three times, including earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2010 Seattle Regional. She has directed Cal to its first-ever NCAA championship match this season, as the Bears have rolled to a 30-3 overall record. The 30 wins in a season is a program best, and the squad has not lost a set in five postseason matches this year.
"I could not be more happy for Carli," said head coach Rich Feller. "This is a very well-deserved honor. It's an incredible achievement for her, for Cal volleyball, and for the University. It is also another indication that Cal has not only arrived on the national volleyball scene, but is here to stay."
Lloyd ranks eighth nationally in assists per set, averaging 11.85 helpers per frame. She has also helped the Cal attack corps to the third-best team hitting percentage in Division I volleyball, as the Bears are attacking at an efficient .312. In addition, the well-versed Lloyd is averaging 2.49 digs, 1.08 blocks and nearly one kill per set.
The senior sparkplug ranks second in Cal history in career assists, with her tally of 5,664 also sixth all-time in Pac-10 lore. She is also the third Bear setter to ever record 1,000 career digs. Lloyd has started in all 132 of the Bears' matches from 2007-10, with the squad going 103-29 during her four years in a Cal jersey. She assisted the team in capturing its first-ever Pac-10 championship in 2010 and has been tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week twice during her career.
Lloyd is the eighth player from the Pac-10 to win the award; the 10th time that a Pac-10 player has earned the distinction. Stanford has had six, with two co-winners. UCLA had one in 1992.
In addition to her accomplishments at Cal, Lloyd has also had an impact on the international level as the only three-time selection to the USA A2 National Team. She has helped lead team USA to two gold medals and a bronze medal in her three appearances.
Lloyd and the Bears return to action Saturday, where she and her teammates will battle three-time defending national champion Penn State for a chance to hoist the program's first national championship trophy. The match will take place in the Sprint Center and the first serve is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT.