Pepperdine's Jaynes and Stevens' Grobeis Selected as Sports Imports/AVCA National Players of the Week
Tyler Jaynes, a 6-9 middle blocker for then-No. 10 Pepperdine University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week. The junior earns the award after helping his team to two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) wins last week, both coming on the road over opponents ranked in the top-ten of the AVCA Men's Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll. In the Waves' first match, a 3-2 triumph over then-No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, Jaynes notched 14 kills on .579 hitting, while also chipping in six blocks, two digs and an assist. In Pepperdine's next match, a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Cal State Northridge, Jaynes shut down the Matadors' attack, coming away with 11 blocks, while adding six kills (.545) and two digs. For the week, Jaynes hit at a .567 clip and averaged 2.22 kills, 1.89 blocks and 3.22 points per game. This is the first time Jaynes has earned Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II Player of the Week accolades and marks the 23rd time a Pepperdine athlete has taken home the award. The last Wave to earn the distinction was Kasey Crider on March 30, 2009. Pepperdine is coached by Marv Dunphy.
Brandt Grobeis, a 6-1 junior setter for then-No. 8 Stevens Institute of Technology, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week. He earned the award by helping the Ducks to a 2-1 record on the week, with all three matches having come against teams ranked or receiving votes in the most recent AVCA Men's Division III Coaches Top 15 Poll. He began action by notching a double-double in Stevens' three set loss to then-No. 10 Vassar, tallying 40 assists, 11 digs, three kills, two blocks and two aces. In the Ducks' next match, a 3-1 win over Endicott, the 2009 AVCA Division III Second Team All-American passed out 57 assists, in addition to contributing six digs, three blocks and three aces. Grobeis finished the week with a 38-assist outing in a sweep over then-No. 13 MIT. He also totaled three blocks, one dig and one ace in the match. For the week, Grobeis averaged 13.50 assists and 1.80 digs per game, while directing Stevens' offense to a .292 team hitting percentage. This is Grobeis' first Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week honor and marks the fifth time a Stevens athlete been lauded, with Andrew Cranford last earning the nod April 6, 2009. The Ducks are coached by Patrick Dorywalski.