Troy named player of the year
All-American becomes sixth Trojan to earn AVCA’s top honor
LOS ANGELES -- USC senior opposite hitter Murphy Troy was named the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year, the AVCA announced Wednesday.
Troy became the sixth Trojan named AVCA National Player of the Year, joining Adam Johnson in 1986, Tom Duke in 1988, Bryan Ivie in 1990 and 1991 and Donald Suxho in 2000.
Troy is a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-American (2009 and 2011) who was selected as the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year last month. He has guided USC into the NCAA Championships, where the No. 1-ranked Trojans face UC Santa Barbara in a semifinal match on Thursday in State College, Pa.
Troy currently leads USC in kills (358) and aces (37) this season and is fourth in digs (140) and blocks (57). He is eighth nationally in aces (0.41), 10th in hitting percentage (.357) and 13th in kills (3.98).
In his career, the USC co-captain has 1,884 kills, 655 digs, 249 blocks and 142 aces. His kills, aces and 32 matches with 20-plus kills are USC rally scoring-era career records.