Alvarez named NJCAA All-American

Alvarez named NJCAA All-American

OCALA-- Nathaly Alvarez capped off an impressive freshman season with her biggest honor to date.

The College of Central Florida volleyball standout was named Second Team All-American by the NJCAA this past week.

Alvarez did it all for CF, which claimed its fifth straight Mid-Florida Conference championship and fourth trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in five seasons.

The selection of Alvarez to the all-american squad gave CF its fifth NJCAA All-American player in as many seasons under head coach Flavia Siqueira.

She is the third freshman to be recognized as an all-american in CF history. Vanessa Benke and Julymar Otero are the other Patriot players to receive this honor as freshman.

Along the way, Alvarez totaled 1,513 assists, 318 digs and 213 kills on the season. She averaged 9.28 assists per set and tallied a season-high 61 against Snow College in a non-conference matchup in Idaho.

Alvarez's hitting got better and better as the season went on.

She had double-figure kill totals in four of CF's final six matches, all which were postseason contests.

Against two-time defending national champion Blinn College, Alvarez had a season-high 15 kills.

Meanwhile, Alvarez ended with a season-high 24 digs.

Alvarez was one of the big reasons that CF rallied from a 1-3 start and won its first outright conference title in two years.

Led by Alvarez, the Patriots knocked off Santa Fe in their regular season and enabled them to eliminate both the Saints and Daytona State from the state tournament.