BYU's Stewart and SUNYIT's Meller Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Players of the Week
Andrew Stewart, a 6-6 outside hitter for then-No. 4 Brigham Young University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week after leading his team to a perfect 2-0 record at the Long Beach State Active Ankle Tournament this weekend. In BYU's first outing, a 3-1 win over then-No. 9 Penn State, Stewart turned in a double-double, smashing 20 kills to ago along with 16 digs, three blocks and one assist. One day later, in the Cougars' four-set victory over Saint Francis, Stewart produced 15 kills, three digs, three blocks and one assist. For the week, Stewart averaged 4.38 kills, 2.38 digs and 4.75 points per game, while hitting at a .382 clip. This is the 19th time a BYU player has garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II Player of the Week accolades, the last athlete to do so being Futi Tavana on March 23, 2009. The Cougars are coached by Shawn Patchell.
Ryan Meller, a 5-11 outside hitter for SUNY Institute of Technology has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week. He earned the award for his efforts in leading the Wildcats to three victories last week, en route to landing a spot on the York Invitational All-Tournament team. Meller pounded 111 kills in six matches during the week, which included an impressive 39-kill performance, a new program record, in SUNYIT's four-set win over New York City College of Technology. He also recorded two double-doubles on the week, one coming in the City Tech match and the other in a sweep of Stevenson, where he totaled 17 kills and 11 digs. For the week, Meller averaged 5.55 kills per frame, nearly 1.50 kills above his season average, and also contributed 2.15 digs and 6.08 points per game. This marks first time a Wildcat athlete has been awarded Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week accolades. SUNYIT is coached by Rebecca Fletcher.