Partain Earns First AVP Title
ATLANTA, Ga. – UCLA men's volleyball All-America setter Miles Partain and his partner Paul Lotman earned their first-career AVP titles as champions of the AVP Gold Series Atlanta Open on Sunday, Aug. 7. Partain, at age 20, is the second-youngest AVP winner in history.
Lotman / Partain, the sixth-seeded tandem, secured a 17-15 third set win in the semifinals against third-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Casey Patterson to advance to the finals. Partain/ Lotman then proceeded to upend the tournament's top-seeded team of Theo Brunner and Chaim Schalk, also in three sets (17-21, 21-14, 15-9), to capture the Gold.
Partain was chosen the 2022 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year by the league coaches. He was a first-team 2022 NVA/AVCA All-America selection and also one of three finalists for the 2022 Lloy Ball Award as the nation's top men's volleyball setter. This past indoor season, Partain directed the Bruin offense to the nation's highest hitting percentage (.374) and ranked seventh in the NCAA in set assist average (10.21). Also an offensive threat, Partain totaled 19 multi-kill matches during the season. He was named Off the Block's National Setter of the Week after helping UCLA post .384 and .364 attack percentages in a pair of victories over USC. Partain was chosen as the winner of both the Molten/MPSF Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades during the season. His playing partner, Paul Lotman, was a U.S. indoor 2012 men's volleyball Olympian in London.
Partain and Lotman began a busy Sunday with an early morning win, 28-25, over Andy Benesch and Nick Lucena in the weather-plagued event as lightening storms challenged the traditional tournament structure, resulting in a new scoring system for all contenders' bracket matches and the winners' bracket quarterfinals scheduled for Sunday morning. On top of play being pushed earlier into the morning, athletes featured in those matches played just one set to 28. The semifinals and finals remained best of three set matches.
The AVP Gold Series heads to Southern California with the next event scheduled to be held Aug. 19-21 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information on the tour click on www.AVP.com.