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Columbia College volleyball's Wrye-Washington wins NAIA honor

By Missourian staff
December 4, 2012 | 12:06 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington is NAIA Coach of the Year for the second time, following a national runner-up finish in the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, last week.

Wrye-Washington has led the Cougars to 12 AMC championships and 12 trips to the NAIA national tournament, including eight final four appearances and one national title during her 13 seasons at Columbia College. 

This season, the No. 3 Cougars went 42-2, giving her an overall record of 517-61.

The NAIA also named Columbia College senior Paula Ferreira National Player of the Year. Ferreira also achieved the honor in 2010, making this her second time to earn the award.

Now at the end of her college career, Ferreira tops Columbia College's lists with the most career assists (6,280) and most service aces (245).

Other players who received recognition were outside hitter Kahoriz Feliz and libero Elena Berroteran, who were named to the NAIA First Team. Brooke Simpson was named as an NAIA Honorable Mention player.

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