Following Record Season, Hancock Named AVCA National Player of the Year

A day after dishing out 55 assists in a four-set victory that put her team in the national championship, Micha Hancock was named the AVCA Division One National Player of the Year.

The senior setter was also named a first-team All-American for the third consecutive year earlier this week. She was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team and earned AVCA All-Northeast Region recognition. Hancock’s career is rich in Nittany Lion history and her name is scattered in the women’s volleyball team’s award books. She is one of only 17 Nittany Lions in the program’s deep history to be a three-time All-American.

Featuring a deadly serve, one of the most difficult to return in the country, Hancock was named Setter of the Week five times this season. She paced the country in 1.03 aces per set for 14 straight weeks, and her 378 total aces sit in first place in Big Ten and Penn State history. She was named AVCA National Player of the week on Sept. 30 after road victories against Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A veteran leader of Penn State’s potent offense, she headed the Nittany Lions’ attack to a .348 hitting percentage before the Stanford matchup, a clip ranked first in the country. Against Stanford, Hancock paced Penn State to a .279 hitting percentage, and recorded five kills while herself hitting at .455.

She had an early ace during a 5-0 run in the first set that saw Penn State beat Stanford 25-16, the Cardinal’s worse single-set loss as season. The victory pushed Russ Rose’s squad to a 35-3 record (all three losses came before Oct. 17).

An Edmond, Oklahoma native, the 5-foot-11 Hancock had a large fan base of family and friends on hand at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma on Sunday.

Penn State takes on BYU on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the National Title.

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Ben Berkman

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