COLUMBIA — Columbia College volleyball players Paula Ferreira and Vesna Trivunovic were named NAIA All-Americans, with Ferreira earning NAIA Player of the Year honors.
Ferreira, a sophomore setter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the third player from the Cougars' program to be named player of the year and the first since 1999. Ferreira also earned American Midwest Conference Player and Setter of the Year awards and was the American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest Region Player of the Year. She led the Cougars in assists with 1593 (11.14 per game) and had the highest attack percentage on the squad, turning 41 percent of her attempts into kills.
Trivunovic, who made her debut with the Cougars this season, had 689 kills for the season for an average of 4.72 per game. The junior from Zrejanin, Serbia, led the team in service aces with 77 and was fourth on the team in digs with 236. Trivunovic also earned AMC and AVCA Midwest Region Newcomer of the Year honors in 2010.
The Cougars were runner-up at last week's NAIA national championship in Sioux City, Iowa, falling to Fresno Pacific (Calif.) University in the championship match. Ferreira, Trivunovic and senior Tally Mattos were named to the all-tournament team.
Under head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington, the Cougars ended the season with a mark of 42-3 and ranked No. 5 in the final NAIA national poll. Wrye-Washington continues to hold the highest winning percentage for active coaches at 87.2 percent (505-74).