Junior Joseph Smalzer and junior Matt Leske earned MIVA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for their play during the week of January 14-20.
Smalzer moved to fourth all-time in program history with 105 service aces after collecting seven aces over the week. In Loyola's win over Carthage, Smalzer tied his season-best 4.67 kills/set for a .417 hitting percentage. Smalzer improved to a .471 hitting percentage against Saint Francis, also tabbing three block assists against the Red Flash and helping Loyola to a season-high .412 hitting percentage. In Saturday's match against George Mason, Smalzer collected a season-high four blocks assists for 1.33 blocks per set. He had three consecutive service aces to lead a second set charge against the Patriots, helping him to 1.00 service aces/set.
Leske registered a match-high eight assisted blocks in the 3-1 win over Sacred Heart and had two solo blocks in each of the matches this past weekend. He also contributed four block assists in the 3-1 victory over NJIT. Leske had a 2.00 blocks per set average over the past weekend, and leads the team with 1.91 blocks per set for the season. To add to his defensive efforts, Leske hit at a .455 clip in the match against Sacret Heart, garnering seven kills in 11 attempts.