CSI Volleyball's Cartisser, Miyabe recognized as nation's best

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) 2018 represented a year to remember for the College of Southern Idaho volleyball team.

Not only did the Golden Eagles win their 12th national championship, they also boast the national coach and player of the year.

Jim Cartisser is both the AVCA and NJCCA National Coach of the Year.
He transitioned from an assistant coaching role to head coach after the passing of his wife, Heidi Cartisser.

While Airi Miyabe is the AVCA and NJCAA Division I National Player of the Year.

Marking the first time the NJCAA has handed out this award for volleyball.

The Minnesota commit helped CSI to a national runner–up finish her freshman year, followed by a national championship this past month.

She ranks in the top six all–time at CSI in three different categories, kills, kills per set and service reception percentage.

"Since Heidi and I have been here, this is the first kid that we have put into the Big Ten," explained Jim Cartisser. "We have put kids in the Pac-12 and West Coast Conference, all over the place. It's a big thing. The Big 10 is the best volleyball conference in the United States and she's going to the team that won the Big 10 this year. It's great for our program to place kids at the next level, especially that particular institution."

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