VolleyMob Player of the Week: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State

  0 Wendy Mayer | January 16th, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MIVA, MPSF, News

This week’s VolleyMob Player of the Week may play for the No. 1 team in the nation, but it was his key role in making sure it stayed there, guiding the team in all facets of the game en route to a pair of Top 10 wins, that made him a sure pick.

Long Beach State setter Josh Tuaniga averaged 10.17 assists, 2.17 digs, 1.00 blocks and 1.00 kills per set, while helping the team to a .417 hitting effort in wins over No. 9 Lewis and No. 5 Loyola. The junior dished out 32 assists, five digs and five blocks, while guiding the team to a .386 clip and putting down five kills of his own on an errorless .625 (5-0-8) effort against the Flyers. The hometown player accounted for 29 assists, eight digs and two aces, while leading the team to a .456 hitting effort against the Ramblers. Tuaniga was tabbed as Big West Player of the Week for his efforts as the 49ers moved to 6-0 on the season.


Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU – Fr., Opp.
Averaged 3.56 kills, 1.78 digs and 1.11 blocks per set, while hitting at a .349 clip in wins over No. 12 Ball State and No. 3 Ohio State; notched a 13-kill, 11-dig double-double, while hitting .459 and adding four blocks and three aces against Ball State; downed 19 kills and chipped in six blocks, five digs and two aces in the upset of Ohio State. 

Collin Mahan, Loyola – Jr., OH
Averaged 4.00 kills and 1.43 digs per set, while hitting at a .396 clip in matches against No. 20 George Mason and No. 1 Long Beach State; put down 15 kills and added six digs and three blocks in a four-set win over George Mason; tallied a team-best 13 kills, while hitting .545 (13 kills, 1 error, 22 swings) and adding four digs vs. LBSU.

Karl Apfelbach, UC Irvine – Jr., OH
Averaged 3.50 kills, 1.17 digs and 0.92 blocks per set; posted 14 kills and seven digs, while hitting at a .233 clip in the team’s five set loss to No. 4 UCLA; notched nine kills and six blocks, while hitting .375 in a sweep of No. 13 USC; dropped 19 kills, while adding six digs and four blocks, while hitting .270 in a four-set win over No. 11 Pepperdine.

Kevin Gear, Penn State – RS Sr., MB
Averaged 2.00 kills and 1.29 blocks per set, while hitting at a .571 clip in season-opening wins over Mount Olive and Alderson-Broaddus; tallied eight kills and four blocks, while hitting .462 vs. Mount Olive; put down six kills and five blocks, while hitting at an errorless .750 clip (6-0-8).

Christian Malias, George Mason – RS Sr., OH
Averaged 3.29 kills, 1.43 digs and 0.71 blocks per set in losses to No. 5 Loyola and No. 9 Lewis; just missed a double-double against Loyola, posting 12 kills and hitting .333, while adding nine digs and five blocks; put down 11 kills on a .318 hitting effort, while serving up three aces at Lewis. Made good on 50 of 52 serve reception chances.


VolleyMob Player of the Week Honorees

Week 1: Karl Apfelbach, UC Irvine

Week 2: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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