2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams Announced
December 3, 2012Richmond High School
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball
All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection
Columbia (Mo.) senior setter Paula Ferreira has been named the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA
Volleyball Player of the Year. Ferreira was the 2010 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball
Player of the Year recipient and is fifth person to win the award twice. She is the
second two-timewinner from Columbia to win the award twice as Yang Zhe also won the
award in 1997 and 1998. Ferreira was also the Tachikara National Championship Most
Ferreira led Columbia to a runner-up finish at the 2012 national championship and a
42-2 overall record. The 5-9 native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, served as the key
piece in the Cougars' 36-match winning streak before falling to Concordia (Calif.),
25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, in the title match. Ferreira finished the year first in
the NAIA with 12.18 assists per set, first in aces with 82 and second in total
assists with 1,766.
Columbia's Melinda Wyre-Washington was named the 2012 NAIA Coach of the Year after
leading the Cougars to their eighth national title appearance in school history.
Wyre-Washington also received the Coach of the Year award in 2004.
For the second-straight year the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year come from
the same school. Concordia's (Calif.) Dan Fisher and Brooke Marino accomplished the
feat last season.
National champion, Concordia landed senior Brooke Marino and junior Madison Ekis on
the Tachikara-NAIA First Team All-America list, while junior Mi Le and sophomore
Reanna Schelhaas on the second team All-America list.