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Kobrine Brothers Take Home MVB Weekly Honors

Apr 5, 2021
Sam Kobrine (5) and Kevin Kobrine (right) were the recipients of MVB weekly awards.

UCLA men's volleyball's Kobrine brothers were the recipients of weekly awards after their outstanding play in a pair of wins at No. 9 Grand Canyon this past weekend. Redshirt senior setter Sam Kobrine was named Off the Block's National Setter of the Week. Redshirt sophomore opposite / hitter Kevin Kobrine earned Molten/Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Sam had 48 set assists while guiding the Bruin offense to a .435 attack percentage in a five-set win reverse sweep over GCU on Friday night. It marked the sixth match in the last eight contests in which Kobrine had helped set the Bruin attack to a percentage of at least .350. He came back on Saturday to direct the Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Antelopes. In both contests, he topped the UCLA team in digs with 7 and 9, respectively.
Kevin entered both matches last week off the bench to help spark the Bruin outside attack. Kobrine hit a combined .629 for the two matches and averaged 3.4 kills/set. He connected for a career-best 16 kills on 20 swings, with no errors, while hitting .800 to help UCLA complete a 3-2 win in the first match. In the second battle, he came off the bench to ignite a Bruin rally from a 12-19 deficit to claim the second set 29-27. Kobrine added a career-best four aces in that contest. His 18.0-point performance in match one of the week also represented a career-high total.
The Bruins return to the court on Friday and Saturday for MPSF matches against No. 2-ranked BYU in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The league tournament will begin on April 22 in Provo, Utah.