2010 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year
AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year
Blair Penner - California Baptist University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2010) - California Baptist University setter Blair Penner has been named the first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NAIA Men's National Player of the Year.
The junior leader propelled California Baptist to a 23-11 record in 2010, and guided the Lancers to their seventh NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational title. CBU earned the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, and with Penner's help, won their assigned pool in sweeping fashion and advanced to the single-elimination championship bracket. After handing Cardinal Stritch University a 3-1 setback in the tournament semifinals, the Lancers whitewashed Missouri Baptist University in the championship match. As a result of his efforts at the event, Penner was named to the All-Tournament team.
Hailing from Fresno, Calif., Penner dished out 1,423 assists in 2010, good for an average of 12.37 helpers per game. He torched his opponents for a team-high 57 service aces and was a presence defensively, as well, registering 146 digs (1.27dpg) and 68 blocks. He holds the program record for single-season assists and his name is also etched in the record books for single-match assists and career assists.
During his time on the court with the Lancers, California Baptist has racked up a 60-31 record. In that time, Penner has compiled career totals of 3,087 assists, 152 service aces, 321 digs, 212 blocks and 183 kills.