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NAIA Men's Volleyball National Players of the Week - No. 7 (March 7)

March 07, 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. Pedro Cordoso of Grand View (Iowa) 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 Bobby Ying of Robert Morris. These three were selected based on their performances from Feb. 27 – March 5 and were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week nominees. 

National Attacker of the Week
Pedro Cordoso, Grand View (Iowa)
6-3, Sr., OH, Sao Paolo, Brazil                   

• In two matches, Cordoso scored 36 points and eight aces while hitting .600.  
• Grand View knocked-off previous No. 1 Park (Mo.) in three sets, led by Cordoso who earned a .696 hitting percentage.
• Recorded 27 kills, 10 digs and five assists on the 2-0 week for the Vikings.
• In the NAIA, Schirman ranks No. 3 in service aces per set (.6) and No. 6 in total service aces (26).    • This is Cordoso’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. 

• With no receiving errors on the week, Tucker posted 17 digs per match (4.6 per set).
• Registered a season-high 20 digs in a five-set thriller over Siena Heights (Mich.).
• In two-consecutive sweeps, Tucker earned 18 digs over Graceland (Iowa) and 13 over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Trinity Christian (Ill.).
• Holds the No. 1 NAIA rankings in total digs (267).  
• This is Tucker’s third National Player of the Week honor this season (Feb. 14 and March 1).   

National Setter of the Week
Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.)
6-5, So., S, Fresno, Calif.                   

• In a perfect 5-0 week for then-No. 8 Robert Morris, Ying averaged 28 assists per match with 10 per set.
• During the five-set win over Siena Heights (Mich.), Ying posted a week-high 41 assists and 11 digs.
• Ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in total assists (708).  
• This is Ying’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
: Mico Janicijevic, Missouri Baptist; Cole Smith, UC Merced; Erin Lee, Robert Morris (Ill.); Henrik Falck Lauten, Warner (Fla.); Ryan Maune, Lourdes (Ohio)

Defender: Robert Hall, Missouri Baptist; Jacob Shelton, UC Merced; Steve Harvey, Grand View (Iowa); Gillan Octave, Warner (Fla.); Ryan Maune, Lourdes (Ohio)

Setter: Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist; Matt Pelfini, UC Merced; Felipe Rosa, Grand View (Iowa); Martin Krueger, Warner (Fla.); Ryan Ferkel, 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.)
Week 5 (February 21): Attacker, Oscar Tuero, Park (Mo.); Defender, CJ Rilveria, Lourdes (Ohio); Setter, Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist.
Week 6 (February 28): Attacker, Peyton Schirman, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Defender, Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.); Setter, Felipe Rosa, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 7 (March 7): Pedro Cardoso, Grand View (Iowa), Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.), Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.)