DeLozier Named NCCAA Player of the Year

Maranatha senior outside hitter Torey DeLozier has been named National Christian College Athletic Association Player of the Year by both the NCCAA and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The awards ceremony will take place Dec. 14 in Louisville, Ky., at a banquet that takes place in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Championships and the AVCA Annual Convention.

DeLozier broke nearly every conference and school kills record while helping the Crusaders to a 24-5 record and runnerup finish in the NCCAA Division II national tournament.

The 5-foot-10 Maranatha Baptist Academy graduate led NCAA Division III in kills per set (5.96). She finished her career with 2,525 kills, shattering the previous Northern Athletics Conference record (1,945) set by Benedictine’s Kayla Leyden in 2010. DeLozier was a Division III honorable mention All-America selection by the NCAA and AVCA and was named to the Midwest Region first team.

The NCCAA chose DeLozier as its Player of the Year for helping Maranatha to a 14-1 record against NCCAA foes and a spot in the national tournament finals.

DeLozier is also a basketball standout, passing the 1,000-point mark in career scoring during a Nov. 27 victory at Alverno College, and has played college softball. She carries a 3.91 grade-point average in Math Education and plays double bass in the orchestra at Watertown’s Calvary Baptist Church.