OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Calvin Mende – Penn State – 6-11 – OPP – RS-Freshman – Redlands, Calif.
RS-Freshman Calvin Mende has been selected as the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 4.30 kills/set and hitting .551 in a 2-0 week for Penn State in EIVA action. On Friday, Mende recorded 14 kills on a .393 hitting percentage in a 3-2 win at NJIT. The following evening Calvin would have a career night as he had 29 kills on only two errors while hitting .659 as the Nittany Lions rallied back from a 2-0 deficit against Princeton for the win. Defensively, Mende added 12 total blocks (1.20 blocks/set) and nine digs during the week. Calvin is currently 5th in the EIVA with total kills (143) and 8th in kills/set (3.11). This is Mende’s first EIVA Offensive Player of the Week selection in 2017.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Bloomquist – Sacred Heart – 6-8 – MH – Sophomore – Carlsbad, Calif.
Sophomore Taylor Bloomquist has been selected as the EIVA Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 1.67 blocks/set in a 2-0 week for Sacred Heart in EIVA play. Bloomquist finished with a season-high seven total blocks in a 3-0 win at home against Charleston (W. Va.) then followed with three more blocks in a sweep of the Golden Eagles the following night. Taylor is tied for 1st in the EIVA with 1.04 blocks/set and 13th in the nation overall while ranked 6th in total blocks (28) within the EIVA. This is Bloomquist’s first EIVA Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2017.
News courtesy of EIVA.