Pereira Named CAA Player of the Year for Third Straight Season
Posted: November 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason senior outside hitter Aline Pereira has been named the women’s volleyball 2003 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches, marking the third consecutive year she has won the award. Pereira is the second player in CAA history to become a three-time women’s volleyball player of the year. She led the conference all season in kills average and closed out the regular season averaging 6.61 kills per game, which is also first in the nation.
In addition, Pereira ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.295) and fifth in service aces (0.39 sapg) among conference peers. Throughout the 2003 campaign, Pereira received CAA Player of the Week accolades three times on Sept. 15, Oct. 20, and Nov. 17. She earned the final conference honor after nailing a career-high 43 kills at Hofstra University on Nov. 14, which also matches the NCAA season-high and now sits first in Mason’s record books in single-match kills. Pereira began her career at George Mason as CAA Rookie of the Year in 2000.
Junior setter Jesica Umansky represents Mason on the All-CAA Second Team for her efforts during the 2003 campaign. Umansky finished the regular season with a team-leading 11.13 assists per game, which is also third in the conference. Umansky dished out a career-high 73 assists in a win over Hofstra on Nov. 14, which also mirrors the fifth-best in single-match assists in Mason’s history. Last year, Umansky was the inaugural winner of Setter of the Year.