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NAIA Men's Volleyball National Players of the Week - No. 8 (March 14)

March 14, 2017
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By Spencer Scheve, Athletics Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three players have been named NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Robin Imar of St. Andrews (N.C.) was selected as Attacker of the Week, Errol Basconcillo from Ottawa (Kan.) was chosen as Defender of the Week and the Setter of the week honor went to Luke Pope of Ottawa. These three were selected based on their performances from March 6 – 12 and were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week nominees. 

National Attacker of the Week
Robin Imar, St. Andrews (N.C.)
6-2, Jr., OH, France                   

• In five matches, Imar’s kills and attack percentage (31.0) helped lead the Knights to a 3-2 week.
• He recorded 98 kills, 60 digs and one assists on the week.
• In the NAIA, Imar ranks No. 1 in total kills (370) and No. 2 in kills per game (4.87).
• This is Imar’s first National Player of the Week honor of the season.

National Defender of the Week
Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.)
5-5, Jr., L, Los Angeles (Calif.) 

• In five matches last week Basconcillo had 49 digs, for an average of 2.7 digs per set and 9.8 digs per match.
• Finished with 16 digs in the Braves 3-1 victory over RV Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) last Thursday night.
• Basconcillo is ranked No. 5 in the NAIA in digs per set (3.3) and No. 3 in digs per set (246).
• This is Basconcillo’s first National Player of the Week honor this season.   

National Setter of the Week
Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)
6-1, Jr., S, Long Beach, Calif.                   

• In a 4-1 week for Braves, Pope recorded 210 assists, 10 blocks, 35 digs and seven kills.
• Averaged 11.6 assists per set and 42 assists per match.
• Pope leads the NAIA in total assists (878).
• This is Pope’s third National Player of the Week honor this season. 

 For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

 For the complete NAIA Player of the Week Calendar, click here.

Nominees: 

Attacker
: Taylor Tattersall, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Cole Smith, UC Merced; Logan Adcock, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Paris Mcfall, Robert Morris (Ill.); Nathan Heller, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Raul Rivera Rojas, Morningside (Iowa); Isaiah Acfalle, Clarke (Iowa); Pedro Cardoso, Grand View (Iowa); Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.); Jahn Lazada, Warner (Fla.) 

Defender: Alec Esparza, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Samuel Hala'ufia, UC Merced; Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.); Braden Hall, Morningside (Iowa); Joshua Phalen, Clarke (Iowa); Adrian Faitalia, Grand View (Iowa); Hui Ding, Warner (Fla.) 

Setter: Kasey Dunn, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Matt Pelfini, UC Merced; Jaron Jones, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Austin Royer, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.); Felipe Rosa, Grand View (Iowa); Matt DePauw, Clarke (Iowa); Manuel Panchame, Warner (Fla.)

2017 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week (Complete Schedule)
Week 1 (January 25): Paris McFall, Robert Morris (Ill.) , Cj Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio) , Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.) 
Week 2 (February 1): Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.) , Hui Ding, Warner (Fla.) , Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.) 
Week 3 (February 8): Isaiah Acfalle, Clarke (Iowa) , Cj Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio) , Enrique Lopez, Hope International (Calif.) 
Week 4 (February 15): Daniel Arteaga, Park (Mo.) , Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.) , Joe Duda, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 
Week 5 (February 22): Oscar Tuero, Park (Mo.) , Cj Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio) , Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist 
Week 6 (March 1): Peyton Schirman, Briar Cliff (Iowa) , Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.) , Felipe Rosa, Grand View (Iowa) 
Week 7 (March 8): Pedro Cardoso, Grand View (Iowa) , Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.) , Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.) 
Week 8 (March 15): Robin Imar, St. Andrews (N.C.) , Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.) , Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)