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Free to Pass Around the Country: Newberry Named Libero of the Year


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of Chattanooga's Lara Newberry as the 2007 CVU Libero of the Year.

Playing in her hometown, the Chattanooga junior not only led the country in digs per game, but set an NCAA Division I record for digs in a season. On the year, Newberry scooped 942 digs to average 7.19 digs per game.

Topping 700 digs the last two seasons and setting a then school single-season record with 736 in 2005, Newberry broke the school career record in October and finished the year with 2,399 career digs.

In 26 of her 33 matches Newberry topped the 20-dig mark, while recording at least 30 digs on 14 occasions. She also had at least 40 digs four times on the season, including two matches with 45.

Making the list for the second-consecutive season is James Madison's Jena Pierson, who averaged 6.4 digs per game, third in the NCAA rankings.

Newcomers to the Top Five include Kaena Apana of Eastern Tennessee State, who was seventh at 6.25 dig per game, and Washington's Tamari Miyashiro.

A freshman also found her way onto the list, as Allison Nieters averaged 6.79 digs per game for Iona, the second best mark in Division I this season.

Libero of the Year

Lara Newberry, Chattanooga

Honorable Mentions

  • Jena Pierson, James Madison
  • Kaena Apana, Eastern Tennessee State
  • Allison Nieters, Iona
  • Tamari Miyashiro, Washington

To aid selection, player stats were used. Rather than strictly using digs per game, a formula was developed to find an approximate efficiency. An average number of attempts received per game was figured, and by using that, an approximate efficiency was calculated. Further, a player's service receive errors were also including in the figures to come up with the final numbers.

For more information on the methods used, to provide input, or help develop these methods, please contact CVU here. Feedback is welcome.

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