From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — As honors go, this was a big one for Alisha Glass.
The former Leland and Penn State star was the named USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year. The announcement was made on the USA Volleyball Web site.
Glass, who is currently playing professional volleyball in Istanbul, learned of the honor over the weekend.
“She was very thrilled, very surprised to get the award,” said Laurie Glass, her mother and high school coach. “She had no idea.
“That’s a big honor. I’m thrilled and happy that all her hard work and dedication to USA volleyball was noticed and honored. It’s pretty awesome for northern Michigan to have a kid get that kind of recognition.”
Glass started the season by leading Team USA to the Pan American Cup gold medal. She started two of the three USA Volleyball Cup matches against Japan, registering 10.50 assists per set. Glass earned Best Setter at the FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 9.81 assists per set. She led the U.S. to the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold medal with averages of 10.25 assists, 2.08 digs and 0.58 blocks per set. During the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, Glass led the U.S. to the silver medal with a 37.1 team kill percent. She ranked second in assists with 8.43 running sets.
“Our program’s biggest theme for 2013 was the commitment to learn, to grow and to pursue mastery relentlessly, and to support others doing the same; Alisha embraced and exemplified those notions,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team head coach Karch Kiraly said on the team’s Web site. “In competition, she played a major role in leading our young group to battle – and to a series of hard-fought wins – against the world’s best.”
Glass, 25, will be home for a couple days over Christmas, then she’ll return to Istanbul.
“It’s quite an honor to be named USA Volleyball Indoor Athlete of the Year,” Glass said on the Web site. “It’s an amazing organization and an amazing group of girls. I want to thank the staff for creating an environment where athletes can truly learn and grow, both on and off the court. I also want to thank my teammates for committing to the process and our team goals; everyone is doing their best to make the team the best that they can be by 2016. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such a special journey.”