2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 9 (March 20)

2018 NAIA Men's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 9 (March 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, Vinny Parisi of Hope International (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Luke Pope of Ottawa (Kan.) 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 March 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 helped his team to an undefeated week against Menlo (Calif.), then-ranked No. 4 St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Hope International.
  • Weekly Stats
    •  63 kills
    •  6.3 kills/set
    • 0.354 attack percentage
    • Chipped in 17 digs, one assist, three aces and five assisted blocks

Defender of the Week Vinny Parisi, Hope International 5-11, JR, L, Yorba Linda, Calif.

  • Parisi helped his team to 5-1 week with wins over Lakeland College, St. Ambrose and twice against Menlo.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 72 digs
    • 4.0 digs per set
    • 98 percent reception percentage, recorded only two errors on 100 total attempts
    • Also tallied seven assists, three service aces and a service percentage of 98 percent

Setter of the Week Luke Pope, Ottawa 6-1, SR, S, Long Beach, Calif.     

  • Pope directed the offense through to a five set victory of then No. 7 Park (Mo.)
  • Weekly Stats
    • 63 assists
    • 12.6 assists per set
    • Also recorded 11 digs and four assisted blocks

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Attacker of the Week Nominees: Logan Adcock, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Colby Magorien, Robert Morris (Ill.); Mike Burcl, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Zach Schmidt, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Nicolas Bilinski, Hope International (Calif.); Matt Gagner, Clarke (Iowa); Raffy Polanco, Missouri Valley; Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.); Matheus Andrade, Lourdes (Ohio)  Defender of the Week Nominees: Jesus Izaguirre, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Matthew Pelfini, UC Merced; Scott Poppen, Robert Morris (Ill.); Brandon McGinnis, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Joshua Phalen, Clarke (Iowa); Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.); Eric Ubior, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Ryan Steele, UC Merced; Jaron Jones, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Jake Snyder, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Bobby Ying, Robert Morris (Ill.); Aaron Kummer, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Reid Harrison, Hope International (Calif.); Tsvetan Todorov, Missouri Valley; Trent Weber, Clarke (Iowa); Ian Fields, 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.)  Week 7 (March 07): Daniel Jacobs, Ottawa (Kan.), Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.), Kyle Foley, Missouri Baptist  Week 8 (March 14): Brendan Brown, Lourdes (Ohio), Errol Basconcillo, Ottawa (Kan.), Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)  Week 9 (March 21): Cole Smith, UC Merced, Vinny Parisi, Hope International (Calif.), Luke Pope, Ottawa (Kan.)




Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship

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