MCC’s Kylie Rupe named national player of the year

By The Mercury

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named Manhattan Christian College’s junior outside hitter Kylie Rupe the 2013 AVCA NCCAA National Player of the Year. 

Rupe — a 2011 graduate of Manhattan High — is the daughter of Marvin and Jolene Rupe.

Manhattan Christian College, which finished 32-7 overall, won the conference regular season title, the tournament championship and the regional championship. 

The Crusaders concluded the NCCAA Volleyball Championships ranked fourth, making an appearance in the NCCAA National semifinals.

For her efforts, Rupe was named the Most Outstanding Player at the National Tournament.

Rupe is a three-time AVCA NCCAA All-American.  She ranked second in the Central Region in kill percentage (28.96 percent) and kills per set (3.19) and sixth in aces per set (0.53).  She was also strong defensively, placing in the Top 10 in the region in blocks per set (0.32) and digs per set (3.65). Rupe’s kill percentage and kills per set average ranked her 19th and 10th nationally.

The formal presentation of the 2013 AVCA NCCAA National Player of the Year will be Dec. 20 in Seattle, Wash., at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division-I Women’s Volleyball National Championships.

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