A standout effort in the upset of the week helped lift Princeton’s George Huhmann to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors. The sophomore middle blocker played a key role in the Tigers’ jaw-dropping five-set upset of No. 10 Penn State, which saw Princeton get past eight Nittany Lion match point tries in Set 4 to eventually win 31-29 and then pull off the five-set win. For the week, Huhmann averaged 4.2 kills and 1.9 blocks per set, while hitting .541. The St. Louis, Missouri, native posted 14 kills, eight blocks, six digs and an ace, while hitting .393 in a four-set win over Saint Francis on Friday. He then notched 24 kills, nine blocks, two digs and two aces, while hitting .667 in the five-set upset of the Nittany Lions on Saturday. For his efforts, Huhmann was tabbed as both the EIVA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
Keenan Sanders, UC Santa Barbara – So., Opp.
Averaged 5.43 kills, 1.43 digs and 0.86 blocks per set, while hitting .469 in a four-set win over USC and sweep of UC San Diego; downed 21 kills, six digs and three blocks, while hitting .429 against the Trojans; tallied 17 kills, four digs and three blocks, while hitting .517 vs. the Tritons; Big West Player of the Week
Maxime Hervoir, Ohio State – Sr., OH
Averaged 4.86 kills and 2.14 digs, while hitting .528 in a pair of wins over McKendree; notched 20 kills, 10 digs and three aces, while hitting .548 and making good on all 17 serve reception attempts in Friday’s four-set win; downed 14 kills and added five digs, while hitting .500 on Saturday, while converting 18 of 19 serve reception chances
Austin Matuatia, Hawaii – So., OH
Averaged 4.50 kills, 2.33 digs and 1.00 aces per set, while hitting .404 in a pair of sweeps of No. 13 Concordia Irvine; notched 15 kill, 10 dig double-double while hitting .440 and adding three aces and two blocks on Friday; posted 12 kills, four digs, three aces and two blocks, while hitting .364 on Sunday.
TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State – Jr., OH
Averaged 4.16 kills and 2.33 digs per set, while hitting .413 in two sweeps of No. 12 Cal State Northridge; notched 10 kills, seven digs, three aces, while hitting .364 on Friday; tallied 15 kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace, while hitting .458 on Sunday
Felipe de Brito Ferreira, BYU – Fr., MB
Averaged 2.00 blocks and 1.25 kills per set, while hitting at a .600 clip as a first-time starter in wins over No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 3 UCLA; tallied 10 blocks and six kills, while hitting .714 (6-1-7) in the five-setter against Pepperdine; notched six blocks and four kills, while hitting .500 (4-0-8) in the sweep of UCLA; MPSF Defensive Player of the Week
2018 VolleyMob Player of the Week Honorees
1/9 – Karl Apfelbach, UC Irvine
1/16 – Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
1/23 – Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego
1/30 – Jake Hanes, Ohio State
2/5 – Micah Ma’a, UCLA
2/13 – Brenden Sander, BYU
2/20 – Robert Poole, Mount Olive
2/27 – Stijn van Tilburg, Hawaii