2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 5 (Feb. 27)

2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 5 (Feb. 27)

By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daniel Jacobs of Ottawa (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Brendan Brown of Lourdes (Ohio) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Jackson Stark of St. Andrews (N.C.) 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 19 - 25, and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa
6-2, SR, OH, Burbank, Calif.   

  • Jacobs helped his team to an undefeated week with wins over Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.) and Dordt (Iowa).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 23 kills
    •  3.0 kills/set
    • 0.442 attack percentage
    • Chipped in 13 digs, two aces and four block assists

Defender of the Week
Brendan Brown, Lourdes
6-5, JR, MB, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Brown was a force at the net with a total of 12 blocks (10 assisted) against UC Merced (Calif.), then-ranked No. 8 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and then-ranked No. 9 Clarke (Iowa).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 10 assisted blocks, two solo blocks
    • Week-high six assisted blocks and one solo block against Cardinal Stritch
    • Four digs
    • Also contributed 13 kills

Setter of the Week
Jackson Stark, St. Andrews (N.C.)
5-11, SO, S, St. Louis, Mo.   

  • Stark directed the Knights offense with 136 assists and recorded double-digit assists in 4-of-5 matches played.
  • Weekly Stats
    •  136 assists
    •  10.46 assists/set
    • Also contributed 5 kills, seven aces and three block assists

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Attacker of the Week Nominees: Steven Rodriguez, Missouri Baptist; Diego Hernandez, St. Andrews (N.C.); Cole Smith, UC Merced; Scott MacGillis, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Nikola Stoimenov, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Matt Gagner, Clarke (Iowa); Raffy Polanco, Missouri Valley; Ben Steffen, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Raphael Seabra, Grand View (Iowa); Ricardo Gehrke, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Colton Inman, Missouri Baptist; Jacob Shelton, UC Merced; Riley Anderson, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Brandon Anderson, Grand View (Iowa); Joshua Phalen, Clarke (Iowa); Ben Ruggles, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist; Ryan Steele, UC Merced; Austin Royer, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Alfredo Batista, Grand View (Iowa); Jake Lauger, Clarke (Iowa); Luciano Bucci, Missouri Valley; Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.); 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.) 

Week 6 (February 28): Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.), Brendan Brown, Lourdes (Ohio), Jackson Stark, St. Andrews (N.C.)



Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship

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