Columbia College Ferreira shines as volleyball NAIA Player of the Week

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 11:13 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — With 125 straight regular season conference wins, it is hard to pick a star player for the Columbia College volleyball team, but after earning the National Assocation of Intercollegiate Athletics Player of the Week honor Tuesday, junior Paula Ferreira is certainly in contention.

“I try not to waste any balls, so whatever ball I see go near, I’ll try to dive and catch it,” setter Ferreira said.

In a 25-10, 25-13, 25-12 victory against American Midwest Conference rival William Woods University on Thursday at Southwell Complex, Ferreira dove for every ball, compiling 27 assists. Unfortunately not every dive ended successfully. 

In talking about how frustrating the game can sometimes be, she said, “I really try hard to get a dig — and if for some reason somebody cannot fix it, it is a little bit because you gave your 100 percent. It’s like c’mon I'm giving my 100 percent, everybody should give their 100 percent.”

While Thursday’s shutout didn’t get Ferreira’s adrenaline pumping, she did enjoy having Columbia College’s new student section, The Pride, there to cheer on the Cougars.

“It’s really nice to see that they care more to watch us play and make us play, like, much more excited,” Ferreira said.

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