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Men's Volleyball

DeFalco, Schneidmiller Receive Men's Volleyball Honors


TJ DeFalco's clutch performance in No. 1 Long Beach State's win over No. 2 UCLA and Joel Schneidmiller's continued steady play for UC Irvine gave the duo this week's men's volleyball honors.


Junior • Outside Hitter • Huntington Beach, Calif. • Huntington Beach HS

➜ Junior TJ DeFalco helped lift No. 1 Long Beach State to a huge 3-1 win over No. 2 UCLA to secure both Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week kudos.

➜ It is the first career Player of the Week honor for DeFalco, and the second defensive honor.

➜ DeFalco recorded a double-double with season-highs of 17 kills and 12 digs as the Beach registered a 23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 victory in front of a pumped up crowd of 4,560 at the Walter Pyramid.

➜ DeFalco hit .419 (17-4-31) for the match as he led the Beach in kills, digs and blocks (5), helping LBSU remain undefeated on the year at 13-0.

➜ DeFalco’s five total blocks (one solo) helped LBSU hold UCLA to its lowest hitting percentage (.191) of the season.  In addition, UCLA’s 15 points in the second set represented the team’s lowest point total in a set this season.

Others nominated (Player): Karl Apfelbach (UC Irvine)

Others nominated (Defensive): David Parker (UC Irvine)

Outside Hitter • Saratoga, Calif. • Saratoga HS

➜ Joel Schneidmiller captured his fourth Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award this season as the UC Irvine outside hitter was a key offensive contributor in the team’s only match.

➜ Schneidmiller produced 14 kills, five digs, two aces and a block assist in UCI’s four-set loss to No. 12 Pepperdine.

➜ Schneidmiller’s 14 kills was second on the Anteaters.  He averaged 3.50 kills and 4.10 points last week.

Others nominated: None