Lange Adds AVCA Player of the Year Honors

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hibbing, Minn. native and outgoing University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) senior Kate Lange made it a clean sweep on Wednesday as she was named the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Division II national player of the year, adding that to her Daktronics honor announced earlier in the day.

Lange is just the second player in program history to win each award, with Vicky Braegelmann being the lone other for each. Braegelmann won the AVCA award back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007, and she won the Daktronics honor in 2007.

The awards cap off what was a fantastic four-year career for Lange, one that saw her shatter the program's all-time kills record and finish with 2,078 in her time with the Bulldogs.

She was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night to accept the AVCA award, but she spoke to NNCNOW.com via telephone and was quick to deflect credit to her teammates.

"They're the ones who push me in practices and in workouts," Lange said. "They make me want to be better."

The former Bluejackets star led NCAA Division II this season averaging 5.41 kills and 6.14 points per set, and she was also third among UMD players averaging 2.93 digs per set.

She was also named to the AVCA All-American first team and the Daktronics All-American first team, rounding out the four highest awards an individual player can receive in NCAA Division II.

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