Senior opposite Tanner Syftestad had a solid all-around weekend, hitting, blocking and in the backcourt for UC San Diego, earning him our VolleyMob Player of the Week nod.
Syftestad averaged 5.20 kills, 1.90 digs and 1.00 blocks per set, while hitting .288 as UCSD went 2-1 on the week. The Sacramento, California, native notched match-high 14 kills and four digs, while hitting .324 in a three-set loss to UCLA. He then tacked on team-best 14 kills, four digs, four aces and three blocks in a sweep of UC Santa Cruz. The senior wrapped up the week by registering 24 kills and a career-high 11 digs for a double-double vs. Concordia, while also putting up a team-best seven stuffs. UCSD is off to a 5-1 start, its best since 1996 (6-0).
Pelegrin Vargas, Fort Wayne – So., OH
Averaged 4.29 kills per set, while hitting at a .368 clip and leading offense against Harvard and Sacred Heart; downed 18 kills, while hitting .469 (18-3-32) and adding three blocks and two aces vs. Harvard; tallied 12 kills, while hitting .240 against Sacred Heart; led team to first 6-0 start since 2007; MIVA Defensive Player of the Week
Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State – Sr., OH
Averaged 4.22 kills and hit .392, while adding 2.00 digs per set; tallied 17 kills, hit .517 (17-2-29), while adding six digs and three aces in win over USC; downed 21 kills (21-7-45), while adding 12 digs, two blocks in five-set loss to UCLA
Matt Walsh, Ball State – Sr., MB
Averaged 3.00 kills and 1.78 blocks per set, while hitting .625 in wins over Sacred Heart and Harvard; accounted for 15 kills, while hitting .636 (15-1-22) and adding six blocks and two aces vs. Sacred Heart; posted 12 kills and 10 blocks, while hitting .611 (12-1-18) and serving up an ace against Harvard; moved into second in school history with 402 career blocks; MIVA Offensive Player of the Week
Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara – Jr., OH
Averaged 6.00 kills and 1.5 blocks per set, while hitting .333 against Pepperdine; notched a career and match-high 24 kills, six blocks and two aces, while making good on 24 of his 25 serve reception chances in the four-set upset road win over the Waves; Big West Player of the Week
Chandler Gibb, Concordia-Irvine – Jr., S
Dished out 10.63 assists per set, while adding 2.38 digs and 0.88 blocks per set against Cal State Northridge and UC San Diego; accounted for 40 assists,10 digs and five blocks while leading the team to a .291 hitting effort; nearly reached second straight double-double against UCSD, notching 45 assists and nine digs; MPSF Offensive Player of the Week
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