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WUSTL’s Zastrow named AVCA Player of the Year

Washington-St. Louis senior setter Allison Zastrow has been named the AVCA National Player of the Year.

Zastrow, who led Washington-St. Louis to a 34-3 record by amassing 1,525 assists and 353 digs, is the eighth Bear to earn the AVCA’s top individual honor and the first since Rebecca Rotello in 2002.

Hendrix’s Ryan Meek was named AVCA National Coach of the Year, while Cal Lutheran’s Kevin Judd was tabbed the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

This year’s Elite 90 Award winner is Lauren Petrisin from Hendrix.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

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  1. Ricky,

    I intended to post this last night, but our trip home from Grand Rapids went from a 6 1/2 hour trip to 13 1/2 hours. The joys of air travel.

    I don’t remember who discovered your site first, me or my daughter, but we’ve both enjoyed it for the last four years. Thanks for the work you put into it. Hopefully I’ll continue to visit in the future even without a vested interest.

    My career as Volleyball Dad came to an end sooner than was hoped for a variety of reasons…

    1. Cal Lutheran played very well.

    2. A line judge saw something no one else did. Cal Lutheran might have won the next point or the next, but we’ll never know. A fifth set would have been interesting. More gray hair for me. :)

    3. The NCAA’s seeming obsession with having each region represented in the Championship Tournament. Sending the top-ranked team halfway across the country to what was arguably the toughest regional was a, to use a word from the CLU coach, travesty. For a time I wondered who should be more upset, Wash U or the other teams in the regional. Turns out it was Wash U.

    Until the NCAA decides to make the effort to get the best 8 teams to the Championship, it’s difficult to see it as a true championship tourney. Sour grapes, maybe, but I think there are a good number of volleyball fans who agree with me. This year is a good example of the top ranked teams not winning, but, no offense, some of the regional winners would not be considered by anyone to be among the best 8 teams in the country. The best team in their respective regional, yes. The eventual champion will deserve to hoist the trophy proudly over their heads because they did what was needed and earned it.

    Enough with the ranting. Wash U did not control the one thing from the above that they could. So be it.

    A brief thought about the rankings:

    The coaches poll is just their opinions. Maybe well thought out, maybe just a hurry and get it done thing.

    The regional rankings are an interesting matter. Based on the seeding of the Thousand Oaks Regional, Cal Lutheran was the fifth ranked team in the West region. Are you kidding me?

    Now for a little sentimental rambling…

    My family did not realize the wonderful journey we were about to embark on when our daughter began playing volleyball. Convention centers and gyms around the country, the friends made, the road trips. The wins and losses. The laughs and tears. And oddly enough, the amazing churches we visited on Sunday (or the occasional Saturday).

    When Allison was named National Player of the Year on Wednesday, it helped erase the sting of the earlier than planned exit. It was a stunning and joyful surprise. Lots of hugs and smiles. And a few really bad dance moves.

    Allison, thanks for the memories, now on to Mars.


    Dave Zastrow

    November 20, 2015 at 10:12 pm

  2. That’s great, Mr. Zastrow! Congratulations on a stellar run at WUSTL. Allison has come up several times in my conversations with others over the years. The last time was when I was asked who I thought would be the AVCA Player of the Year. My reply was “Chin, Kamp, Miles or Zastrow, but I think it should be either Kamp or Zastrow.”
    We’re all with you on the odd West Regional this year. I’m not sure any other D III sport would send a top regional team – and the top team in the country – nearly 2,000 miles away. It appears as though the West Region was viewed as weak by the committee this year while many of us thought otherwise. A plane ride from, say, Boston or Chicago to CLU would have made similar fiscal sense and a heck of a lot more competitive-balance sense in this year’s bracket.
    The committee could have flown literally any team besides those that could bus to Berry or CLU. I’ve been trying to come up with a reason why WUSTL was picked to fly and/or why the West was deemed as needing yet another elite team. I’ve given up trying to find a reason.
    Be well and thank you for the comment.

    Ricky Nelson

    November 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

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