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2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week No. 1 (Jan. 23)

MBU Men's Volleyball

By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three Missouri Baptist athletes take this week’s players of the week. Luka Cajic has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Cameron Hibbler has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Kyle Foley has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Setter of the Week, the National office announced Tuesday. Cajic, Hibbler, and Foley were selected based on their performances from Jan. 15-21 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Luka Cajic, Missouri Baptist
6-4, SO, Subotica, Serbia

  • Cajic helped lead the Spartans to nine set victories over the team’s season-opening weekend with wins over then-RV St. Ambrose (Iowa), Lawrence Tech (Mich.) and then No. 4 Lourdes (Ohio).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 48 kills
    • 33 kills/set
    • 340 attack percentage
    • Also contributed 10 service aces and 26 digs

Defender of the Week
Cameron Hibbler, Missouri Baptist
6-4, JR, MB, Manchester, Mo.

  • Hibbler contributed to the Spartans undefeated opening weekend against then-RV St. Ambrose (Iowa), Lawrence Tech (Mich.) and then No. 4 Lourdes (Ohio) on the defensive end of things with a total of nine blocks and six digs.
  • Weekly Stats
    • Nine blocks (seven assisted)
    • Six digs, 0.75 digs/set

Setter of the Week
Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist
6-4, SR, S, St. Louis, Mo.

  • Foley directed the offense in the Spartans undefeated opening weekend against then-RV St. Ambrose (Iowa), Lawrence Tech (Mich.) and then No. 4 Lourdes (Ohio).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 81 assists
    • 11.57 assists/set
    • Also contributed 14 digs and four assisted blocks

For more information on NAIA men’s volleyball, click here. For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

Attacker of the Week Nominees: Cole Smith, UC Merced; Devin Hill, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Jaylen Clark, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Thomas Matonis, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Oscar Alarez Cancel, Morningside (Iowa); Ammuniki Wood, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Felix Chapman, Grand View (Iowa); Matt Gagner, Clarke (Iowa); Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.); Evan Gebert, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Jacob Shelton, UC Merced; Joshua Phalen, Clarke (Iowa); Tigre Gomez, Grand View (Iowa); Troy Lance, Ottawa (Kan.); Matt Mittry, Lourdes (Ohio)  Setter of the Week Nominees: Matthew Pelfini, UC Merced; James Heisse, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Alfredo Batista, Grand View (Iowa); Trent Weber, Clarke (Iowa); Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.); Henrique Gehrke, Lourdes (Ohio)

 

2017-18 Men's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (Attacker, Defender, Setter)

Week 1 (January 24): Luka Cajic, Missouri Baptist, Cameron Hibbler, Missouri Baptist, Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist

 

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship
Sports Rules - Volleyball (M)