Columbia College's Ferreira earns NAIA national volleyball honor

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 8:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia College volleyball player Paula Ferreira was named the NAIA National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Ferreira led her team to five victories last week and was named Most Valuable Player at the Kansas Wesleyan Invitational last weekend in Salina, Kan.

The senior setter from Rio de Janeiro has been an key member of the Cougars' program since 2009 and has already won the national weekly award twice. Her list of volleyball accolades is not short.

Ferreira has been named Conference Freshman of the Year (2009), Conference Setter of the Year (2009-11), Conference Player of the Year (2010-11), NAIA Player of the Year (2010), and NAIA Academic All-American (2011). She has also earned First Team All-Conference (2009-11), First Team All-American (2010-11), First Team Capital One Academic All-American (2011), NAIA National Tournament All-Tournament Team (2010-11), and First Team Academic All-Conference (2011).

Ferreira is also second in career assists at Columbia College, with 4,514 coming into the year.

The Cougars are set to play Park University at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

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