MVB Sweeps MPSF Weekly Honors
UCLA setter/hitter Sam Kobrine and middle blocker Merrick McHenry each earned MPSF/Molten Player of the Week honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for their play in the three Bruin wins last week over Concordia (1) and Stanford (2).
Kobrine, the league's defensive player of the week, tied his career-best for digs (10) in a match during back-to-back wins over Stanford last Friday and Saturday. He produced a 2.3 digs per set average over the course of all three of last week's contests. In addition, he set the Bruin team to a nation's season-best hitting percentage mark of .554 in a win over Concordia and to a .413 mark for the week. Kobrine's total of 49 set assists in the first victory of the week over Stanford marked a career-high total for the redshirt senior. The big week moved Kobrine up to 12th in the nation in set assist average (9.56). Kobrine is the only player in the nation this season to record a triple-double with 14 kills, 15 assists and 10 digs in a match versus USC (2/13).
McHenry, the MPSF's offensive standout of the week, hit at a .581 clip for the week, with a 3.4 kills per set average, on 62 swings with just one error out of the middle for the Bruins. He connected for a career-high 17 kills in the first win of the week over the Cardinal. McHenry added a career-best 3 block solos in the second victory over Stanford. He averaged 4.1 points per set for the three matches.
In addition, the redshirt freshman was also named Off the Block's National Freshman of the Week for his efforts in the three wins. His performance last week advanced McHenry to seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a season mark of .462 for the season.
The men's volleyball team (8-3) is now rated No. 8 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. UCLA will host No. 4 Pepperdine (7-2) on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom in its next match. The same teams will battle in Malibu on Saturday night.