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Carroll Named AVCA National Player of the Year


MALIBU, Calif. – Senior opposite Paul Carroll of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team capped off his brilliant career by being named the National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday night.


Carroll (Forster, Australia), a three-time AVCA All-American first teamer, was previously named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Player of the Year and the MPSF Tournament MVP earlier this week.


With only this weekend’s NCAA Championships yet to be played, Carroll should end up as the nation’s kill leader for the second straight year. He averaged 6.36 kills, 2.09 digs, 1.05 blocks and 0.30 aces while hitting .392 this season. Carroll had at least 14 kills in every match, with 20 or more kills in 18 of 27 matches and 30 or more kills nine times.


He finished his career with 2,101 kills, third all-time at Pepperdine. He had 661 kills in 2009, breaking his own school single-season record for the rally-scoring era. Carroll also ranks among Pepperdine’s career top 10 in points, attempts, service aces, digs and games played.


In his four seasons, Carroll was part of two NCAA Tournament teams (the 2008 squad finished second), three MPSF Tournament finalists (the 2008 team won the title) and a squad that won the 2007 MPSF regular-season championship. The Waves finished 22-5 this year and went 82-27 in Carroll’s four seasons.


Carroll finished his career with a couple of tremendous efforts, slamming down 33 kills in the Waves’ 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge in the MPSF semifinals and then posting a career-high-tying 37 in a 3-2 loss to USC in the tournament final.


Carroll is the sixth Pepperdine men’s volleyball player to earn a National Player of the Year Award. A Pepperdine athlete has won in each of the last four odd-numbered years. Previous winners were Bob Ctvrtlik (1985), George Roumain (1998 and 1999), Brad Keenan (2002 and 2003), Sean Rooney (2005) and Jonathan Winder (2007).


Carroll was the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week twice this year and five times in his career, more than any other Pepperdine player.


One of the top young players in the world, Carroll has been a member of Australia’s National Team since 2005. He earned Volleyball Australia’s top male player award for 2008.


The Waves’ season ended last weekend with a second-place finish at the MPSF Tournament. #1 UC Irvine edged out #2 Pepperdine for the only at-large berth available for this weekend’s four-team NCAA Championships.




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