Cal State’s Middleborn takes CCAA honor again

The folks at the CCAA office should just hand over the Player of the Year award for women’s volleyball to Cal State San Bernardino’s Samantha Middleborn. Right now! No need to vote. She is the best player in the conference  – by far.

On Monday she was named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week for the fifth time.

Her numbers were sop impressive it would hard to make a case for anyone else. In helping the Coyotes close out CCAA play with three wins and conclude the first undefeated regular season in program history, Middleborn totaled 51 kills in 75 attempts, registered a .600 hitting percentage and tallied 28 total blocks. During a three-set win against UC San Diego, the 2010 National Player of the Year collected 15 kills, six digs and recorded a .462 hitting percentage.

On Friday against Cal State Monterey Bay, Middleborn had 24 kills and 14 digs while posting a .600 hitting percentage in four sets. She closed out the weekend with 12 kills, eight blocks and an .857 attack percentage in a three-set win over Cal State East Bay.

Middleborn improved her NCAA Division II-leading hitting percentage to .504 and tops the country with a 1.62 blocks per set.

The top-ranked Coyotes are next in action on Thursday when they host Alaska Anchorage in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.