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Kissimmee native and Heritage Christian School Brooke Beaver just wrapped up an impressive volleyball season with the Bob Jones University Bruins in Greenville, S.C.

The Bruins, a National Christian College Athletic Association member, went 36-5 on the court this season and won the NCCAA Division II national championship with a three-set win last weekend over three-time defending champion and No. 2 seed Maranatha Baptist University.

Bob Jones champs Brooke Beaver

Heritage Christian alum Brooke Beaver (front row, second from left) was part of the Bob Jones University National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Dvision II national champion volleyball squad.

Beaver put down a decisive kill on match point, led the Bruins with 14 kills, nine digs and two aces in the match and was named the NCCAA DII National Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

The Bruins needed a come-from-behind five-set semifinal win over No. 3 ranked Geneva College to reach the championship match.

Beaver’s rookie collegiate season was dominant. She led the team with 435 kills and 84 aces and was second with 555 digs. Along with senior teammate Rachel Williams, she was named an NCCAA 1st Team All-American.

"Being named 1st team All-American as a freshman is quite a feat," Bob Jones Coach Vickie Denny said. "I am glad the other coaches recognized her great contributions to our success this season. Brooke brings a competitor's heart to the court and always gets the job done. As a new player, she stepped up immediately and was a steady contributor all season long."

Beaver helped the Bruins capture their third consecutive NCCAA DII South Region Championship. After earning the No. 1 seed for the tournament, the Bruins won all three of their pool play matches to advance to Final Four for the second straight year.

While at Heritage, the Eagles won four consecutive Florida Christian Conference volleyball titles. Heritage Coach Jim Estrella was a keen observer to the NCCAA D-II tournament last weekend.

“Brooke is amazing. She’s a natural-born leader and a winner in whatever she does,” Estrella said.