2004 Men's National Player of the Year Division III
Juniata College's Kenny Eiser Named AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Juniata College senior middle blocker Kenny Eiser as its 2004 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year.
Eiser, a 6-4 native of Doylestown, Pa., averages 4.14 points, 3.43 kills, 0.81 digs and 1.02 blocks per game and is hitting at a .475 clip for the Eagles. He is second on the team in total kills, kills per game and blocks per game. Eiser helped number-one ranked Juniata clinch the 2004 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship on April 17 against Medaille and was named the tournament's most valuable player. He also helped the Eagles past the first-round in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tournament against Springfield.
"Kenny Eiser has had an incredible year and is very deserving of this honor," Juniata Head Coach Ken Shibuya said. "As an undersized 6-4 middle, he has played like a giant. Absolutely no team, Division I, II or III, has been able to stop him this season. He is the reason our team has had so much success, especially on the offensive end. What is remarkable about Kenny is the fact that he has had to face some very good Division I middles with exceptional size, yet he finds ways to get kills and hit for high percentages every match. He is a remarkable talent."
Juniata plays a predominantly NCAA Division I-II schedule and Eiser's numbers against those opponents are better than his season average. He averaged 4.21 points per game versus Division I-II teams with 3.56 kills per game, 0.89 blocks per game and amassed a .508 hitting percentage.
Eiser was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player on Jan. 20 after helping Juniata to a near-upset over Division I Ohio State. Eiser notched 17 kills and hit .667 with one error on 24 attempts. The two-time EIVA Division III Player of the Year ranked first nationally in hitting percentage for most of the year.
AVCA Division III Men's National Players of the Year
2004 Kenny Eiser, Juniata College