BYU‘s No. 4 Ben Patch has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II player of the week after his team swept No. 2 UCLA last week.
Patch, a six-foot-nine opposite hitter in his junior year, was electric in the match against UCLA. Coming down to the final set in the five-set series, BYU managed to pull off the 3-2 win to take down the Bruins. During the match he led both teams with a season-high of 28 kills which was more than double that of any other player on the court.
Patch it a .422 clip, recorded three blocks, and added a career-high tying 11 digs for his second career double-double. His 11 digs were also the highest from any player on either team.
After BYU won on Friday, Patch once again demonstrated his leadership on Saturday as the Cougars went forward to sweep the Bruins. Patch earned 13-kills and four digs.
His averages throughout the weekend were impressive. On average he scored 5.13 kills per set on a .435 clip, throwing in 1.88 digs per set.
Patch’s AVCA player of the week nomination marks the first time this season and fourth time overall that he’s recieved the honor. This win pushes him past former teammate Taylor Sander, who had three ACVA player of the week mentions, for most wins in BYU history.
Previous AVCA player of the week winners this season
- Miles Johnson – Ohio State – Jan 31st
- Kyle Ensing – Long Beach State – January 24th
- Micah Ma’a – UCLA – January 17th
- Nicolas Szerszen – Ohio State – January 10th
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