2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 4 (Feb. 20)

2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 4 (Feb. 20)

By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cole Smith of UC Merced (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Jesus Izaguirre of Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Jaron Jones of Benedictine Mesa 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 12 - 18, and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Cole Smith, UC Merced
6-5, SR, OH, Mission Viejo, Calif.  

  • Smith led the Bobcats with 30 kills against Menlo (Calif.), which put him less than 20 kills away from 700 career kills.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 30 kills
    • 7.50 kills/set
    • 0.429 attack percentage
    • Chipped in nine digs and three block assists.

Defender of the Week
Jesus Izaguirre, Benedictine Mesa
5-8, JR, L, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Izaguirre helped his team to an undefeated weekend with wins over Dordt (Iowa), then-No. 5 Ottawa (Kan.), Morningside (Iowa) and then-No. 6 Park (Mo.).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 59 total digs (3-of-4 matches with double-digit digs)
    • Averaged 3.93 digs/set
    • 0.842 reception percentage
    • Also contributed three service aces

Setter of the Week
Jaron Jones, Benedictine Mesa
6-3, JR, S, Tempe, Ariz.  

  • Jones directed the Redhawk offense through an undefeated week and posted a week high and a double-double of 61 assists (second-highest total in school history) and 12 digs against then-No. 6 Park.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 173 assists
    • 11.53 assists/set
    • Also contributed 15 kills, 28 digs, four aces and nine blocks (seven assisted)

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For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

Attacker of the Week Nominees: Andrea Maggio, Park (Mo.); Luka Cajic, Missouri Baptist; Alberto Chiaparini, Bluefield (Va.); Diego Hernandez, St. Andrews (N.C.); Devin Hill, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Manny Andrade, Judson (Ill.); Mike Burcl, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Nicholas Allen, Robert Morris (Ill.); Trevor Wagner, Calumet (Ind.); Ivan Trifunovic, Briar Cliff (Iowa); John Chamone, Grand View (Iowa); Ivailo Enev, Missouri Valley; Daniel Fohey, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Jordan Barreto, Warner (Fla.); Evan Gebert, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Leandro Lima, Park (Mo.); Cameron Hibbler, Missouri Baptist; Jacob Shelton, UC Merced; Brandon Mcginnis, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Jake Lafata, Judson (Ill.); Liam Fagan, Calumet (Ind.); Noah Marasco-ayau, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Brandon Anderson, Grand View (Iowa); John Montalvo-Camacho, Warner (Fla.); Eric Ubior, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Petar Zivkovic, Park (Mo.); Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist; Chaz Franqui, Bluefield (Va.); Jackson Stark, St. Andrews (N.C.); Ryan Steele, UC Merced; Aaron Kummer, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.); Ryan VanThyne, Judson (Ill.); Roberto Morales, Calumet (Ind.); Enrique Barajas, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Andrew Colantone, Mount Mercy (Iowa); James Heisse, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Alfredo Batista, Grand View (Iowa); Luciano Bucci, Missouri Valley; Manuel Panchame, 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 

Week 5 (February 21): Cole Smith, UC Merced, Jesus Izaguirre, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.), Jaron Jones, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.)



Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship

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