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NAIA Men's Volleyball National Players of the Week - No. 4 (Feb. 14)

February 14, 2017
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By Nikki Sherrill, 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. Daniel Arteaga of Park (Mo.) was selected as Attacker of the Week, Dalton Tucker from Robert Morris (Ill.) was chosen as Defender of the Week and the Setter of the week honor went to Joe Duda of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.). These three were selected based on their performances from Feb. 6 – 12 and were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week nominees.  

National Attacker of the Week
Daniel Arteaga, Park (Mo.)
6-6, Sr., RS, Caracas, Venezuela          

• Helping his Park (Mo.) team maintain an undefeated record, Arteaga tallied 41 total kills during a 3-0 week for the No. 4 Pirates to improve to 8-0.
• In two-of-three matches, Arteaga hit .500 and ended the week with an attack percentage of .390.
• In total, the 6-6 senior earned eight blocks, three service aces and 19 digs during the three sweeps.
• In the NAIA, Arteaga ranks No. 4 in blocks per set (1.2), No. 12 in kills per set (3.5) and No. 15 in service aces per set (.4).
• This is Arteaga’s first National Player of the Week honor.

National Defender of the Week
Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.)
6-0, Sr., L, White Hall, Ill. 

• To keep his Robert Morris (Ill.) squad undefeated this season, Tucker earned 14 digs in a non-conference sweep over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
• During the Eagles’ four-set win over conference foe Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Tucker recorded 16 digs with only one passing error – good for a .952 receiving percentage in the match.
• After the two victories, Tucker gathered a stat line of 4.3 digs per set, .71 assists per set and a service percentage of .789.
• Tucker holds the No. 3 ranking in the NAIA in digs per set (3.6).
• This is Tucker’s first National Player of the Week honor.    

National Setter of the Week
Joe Duda, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
6-1, Jr., S, Bensenville, Ill.         

• In six matches, Duda posted 257 assists and 70 digs during a 5-1 week for the No. 12 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Wolves.
• His week-high came in a 3-1 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.) when he recorded 56 assists with 12 digs.
• Duda earned an attack percentage of .438, while also tallying three service aces.
• Holds the No. 12 ranking in the NAIA in total assists (263) and No. 15 spot in assists per set (7.5).
• This is Duda’s first National Player of the Week honor. 

 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
: Nic Gibson, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Riley Anderson, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Paris Mcfall, Robert Morris (Ill.); Dan O'Keefe, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Trevor Wagner, Calumet (Ind.); Zakir Pasha, Grand View (Iowa); Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.); Rafael Cruz, Campbellsville (Ky.); Ryan Maune, Lourdes (Ohio); Matthew Dugan, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Defender: Billy Crow, Park (Mo.); Jesus Izaguirre, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Tim Williams, Calumet (Ind.); Steve Harvey, Grand View (Iowa); Keaton Marshall, Campbellsville (Ky.); Cj Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio); Tyler Hubbard-Neil, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Setter: Allain Larroche, Park (Mo.); Jaron Jones, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Austin Royer, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.); Liam Fagan, Calumet (Ind.); Felipe Rosa, Grand View (Iowa); Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.); Keegan Crawford, Siena Heights (Mich.); Ian Fields, Lourdes (Ohio)

2017 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week (Complete Schedule)
Week 1 (Jan. 24): Attacker, Paris McFall, Robert Morris (Ill.); Defender, CJ Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio); Setter, Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)
Week 2 (January 31): Attacker, Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.); Defender, Hui Ding, Warner (Fla.); Setter, Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)
Week 3 (February 7): Attacker, Isaiah Acfalle, Clarke (Iowa); Defender, CJ Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio); Setter, Enrique Lopez, Hope International (Calif.)
Week 4 (February 14): Attacker, Daniel Arteaga, Park (Mo.); Defender, Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.); Setter, Joe Duda, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)