2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 3 (Feb. 6)

2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 3 (Feb. 6)

By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steven Rodriguez of Missouri Baptist has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Eric Ubior of Lourdes (Ohio) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Kyle Foley of Missouri Baptist has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Setter of the Week, the National office announced Tuesday. The trio was selected based on their performances from February 5-11, and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Steven Rodriguez, Missouri Baptist
6-4, JR, OH, San Diego, Calif.

  • Rodriguez helped lead his team to an undefeated week against RV Culver-Stockton, then ranked-No. 5 Ottawa (Kan.) and then ranked No. 3 Briar Cliff (Iowa).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 45 kills
    • 4.09 kills/set
    • 0.301 attack percentage
    • Chipped in 13 digs total (1.18 digs/set), seven blocks (six assisted) and three service aces

Defender of the Week
Eric Ubior, Lourdes
6-2, SR, OH, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Ubior posted a career-high of 30 digs against Cincinnati Christian (Ohio).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 69 total digs
    • Averaged 4.06 digs/set
    • Also contributed three service aces

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

  • Foley directed the offense to an undefeated week against two ranked teams and one receiving votes.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 117 assists
    • 10.64 assists/set
    • Also contributed six kills, 13 digs, seven aces and nine block assists

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: Anthony Miner, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Leandro Sodre, Park (Mo.); Diego Hernandez, St. Andrews (N.C.) ; Cole Smith, UC Merced; Scott Poppen, Robert Morris (Ill.); Tim Williams, Calumet (Ind.); Bradley Gadek, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Ivan Trifunovic, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Dan Tynski, Clarke (Iowa); Ivailo Enev, Missouri Valley; John Chamone, Grand View (Iowa); Jordan Barreto, Warner (Fla.); Matheus Andrade, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Colton Inman, Missouri Baptist; James Davenport, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Leandro Lima, Park (Mo.); Jacob Shelton, UC Merced; Timothy Carey, Robert Morris (Ill.); Brandon McGinnis, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Liam Fagan, Calumet (Ind.); Joshua Phalen, Clarke (Iowa); Tigre Gomez, Grand View (Iowa); John Montalvo-camacho, Warner (Fla.) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Petar Zivkovic, Park (Mo.); Danilo Pavicevic, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Ryan Steele, UC Merced; Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.); Aaron Kummer, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Roberto Morales, Calumet (Ind.); Jake Lauger, Clarke (Iowa ; Alfredo Batista, Grand View (Iowa); Luciano Bucci, Missouri Valley; Neil Werzer, Warner (Fla.); 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 

Week 2 (January 31): Luka Cajic, Missouri Baptist, Felix Chapman, Grand View (Iowa), Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist 

Week 3 (February 07): Peyton Schirman, Briar Cliff (Iowa), Felix Chapman, Grand View (Iowa), Austin Royer, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 

Week 4 (February 14): Steven Rodriguez, Missouri Baptist, Eric Ubior, Lourdes (Ohio), Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist



Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship

April 14-18, 2020
Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center
Des Moines, Iowa