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Edwards’ Brown named CAA Player of the Year

NEWARK, Delaware – Edwards’ Britney Brown is having a pretty good weekend so far.

Friday night, the former Battle Mountain volleyball star, now a senior and four-year starter at Division I Northeastern University, won the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Year award.

Saturday, Brown and Northeastern avenged two regular-season losses to James Madison University by beating the Dukes, 3-2, to advance to today’s finals of the CAA Volleyball Championships against the University of Delaware, when an NCAA tournament bid will be on the line.

That Brown has found success athletically and academically – she’s a business major -is not surprising. She displayed a singular sense of purpose during her high school days. What’s somewhat ironic is that Brown is picking up accolades in college she didn’t win when she was back at Battle Mountain.

Brown only started two years for the Battle Mountain Huskies. She’s started all four years for the Northeastern ones.

“I was really little my freshman and sophomore years (at Battle Mountain),” Brown, who’s now 5-foot-11. “I was still developing. I also think going down to Denver to play club helped me grow as a player and that was my junior year.”

For the trivia buffs, Crystin Rodrick, who ended up playing a little at Colorado State, was the 4A Slope Player of the Year in 2006, the beginning of Brown’s senior year in high school. In fairness, several members of that Huskies team could have taken home that award, a reason why Battle Mountain rolled to a 30-1 record and won the state title.

Cliche as it sounds, Brown has taken her game to another level in the past four years in Boston.

“The physical and mental preparation is different,” Brown said “The training increases. I’ve had to become a stronger offensive player and become smarter with playing situations.”

Still, despite not starting her first two years at Battle Mountain, Brown wasn’t exactly an anonymous face in the crowd. Along with Rodrick, Brown was one of 36 all-Americans, as selected by the American Coaches Volleyball Association, in the country in 2006. She also was a Prep Volleyball all-American – 150 athletes got the nod there.

Brown won All-Colorado from the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News, all-state from both the Rocky and The Denver Post, and the Rocky also tabbed her as the 2006 4A state-tournament MVP.

Brown’s career with her new Huskies has brought more honors. She garnered first-team CAA honors in 2008 and was second-team last year. A co-captain this fall, Brown’s been the league’s Offensive Player of the Week three times. She leads the Huskies in kills, assists and points, helping guide Northeastern to a 19-10 record going into today’s title game with Delaware.

Saturday against James Madison, Brown logged her sixth triple-double of the season with 16 kills, 21 assists and 12 digs.

“It’s definitely nice beating them,” Brown said. “They’re a phenomenal team with so much to offer. They have some good young players who are going to lead them in the next few years. Revenge was nice. We knew what we needed to do to come away with the win.”

The winner of today’s CAA Volleyball Championships gets an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which Brown said in August was her ultimate goal. Delaware won the regular-season CAA title, including a 3-1 win at Northeastern on Oct. 24. The Blue Hens also defeated the Huskies in the CAA Championships in 2008, so Brown and company need little motivation.

On the Internet, you can tune into today’s game, which starts at 3 p.m. Mountain time, on http://www.caasports.com.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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