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NAIA Men's Volleyball National Players of the Week - No. 9 (March 21)

March 21, 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. Henrik Falck Lauten of Warner (Fla.) 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 March 13 – 19 and were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week nominees. 

National Attacker of the Week
Henrik Falck Lauten, Warner (Fla.)
6-5, So., OH, Drammen, Norway                       

• Henrik led the Royals to a 3-0 week with all matches resulting in sweeps for the then-No. 5 program.
• Tallied 41 total kills, with his week-high hitting 16 in the win over St. Ambrose (Iowa).
• Earned an attack percentage of .594 after the three sweeps.
• In the NAIA, Schirman ranks No. 8 in services aces per set (.4) and No. 12 in total service aces (26).
• This is Falck Lauten’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.  

• In helping his then-No. 7 ranked Eagles to a 3-1 week, Tucker documented a receiving percentage of .924.
• Tucker’s stat-line for the week includes averaging 11.5 digs per match and 2.7 digs per set while totaling 46.
• The senior libero’s most crucial play came in his eight digs over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) to help keep his Robert Morris team unbeaten in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
• Holds the No. 1 NAIA rankings in total digs (332) and ranks No. 4 in digs per set (3.5).
• This is Tucker’s fourth National Player of the Week honor this season (Feb. 14, March 1 and March 7).

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

• Averaged 47.3 assists per match and 11.1 per set during a 3-1 week for then-No. 7 ranked Robert Morris.
• Posted a week-high 51 assists in a five-set win over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.). He then recorded 49 in another 3-2 victory over Culver-Stockton (Mo.).
• In the lone loss on the week for the Eagles, Ying earned a double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs in the match against Siena Heights (Mich.).
• Ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in total assists (937) and No. 9 in assists per set (9.9).
• This is Ying’s second National Player of the Week honor (March 7).

 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
: Murilo Pereira, Park (Mo.); Paris Mcfall, Robert Morris (Ill.); Trevor Wagner, Calumet (Ind.); John Echel, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Ryan Maune, Lourdes (Ohio); Matthew Dugan, Siena Heights (Mich.) 

DefenderZach Blasgen, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Hui Ding, Warner (Fla.); Brendan Brown, Lourdes (Ohio); Emilier Dejesus, Siena Heights (Mich.) 

SetterMilos Trivunic, Park (Mo.); Martin Krueger, Warner (Fla.); Ryan Ferkel, Lourdes (Ohio); Keegan Crawford, Siena Heights (Mich.)

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.)
Week 9 (March 21): Henrik Falck Lauten, Warner (Fla.); Dalton Tucker, Robert Morris (Ill.); Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.)