December 12 , 2005
standout Rose makes name for herself
Blair is Emory sports information director.
Emory College junior and volleyball standout Courtney
Rose made history this season when she was named the 2005 American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Div. III National Player of
the Year. This marked the first time in Eagle volleyball history
that one of its players received such a prestigious award.
Head coach Jenny McDowell was proud of her star player
for what she has accomplished this season.
“We are thrilled for Courtney that she was chosen AVCA National Player
of the Year,” McDowell said. “This is a great tribute to her and
the entire Emory volleyball program. Courtney is an extremely talented player,
but what sets her apart from the rest is her competitive spirit; she is without
a doubt the greatest competitor I have had the privilege of coaching.”
Rose also claimed University Athletic Association (UAA)
Player of the Year honors, as well as first team All-Conference.
named to the NCAA Div. III South
Region team, and is up for Div. III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
Rose turned in 20 double-digit kill matches, including
a season-high 22 kills versus Austin College in the NCAA Div. III
South Regional final. She
has added 14 double-doubles (kills-digs) in 2005, including an 18-kill, 26-dig
effort against Div. II fourth-ranked North Alabama.
She also helped guide Emory to the UAA conference championship
with a 3-0 sweep of then-unbeaten and top-ranked Washington University.
This year vollyball marked
the Eagles’ first conference championship.
For the season, Rose compiled 366 kills, averaging
3.89 per game while also leading the team in service aces with 52.
she finished the season solid on the
defensive end with 334 digs.
Individual awards were no stranger to Rose throughout
the season; she was named to five all-tournament teams, while helping
the Eagles to five tournament
Since Rose stepped on campus as a freshman in 2003,
Emory has appeared in three national quarterfinals and one national
she returns next year for
her senior season, the Eagles will look to her for leadership as she and her
teammates reach for the ultimate goal: a national championship.