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Gauchos, Beach Recognized In Men's Volleyball Awards


The UC Santa Barbara duo of Keenan Sanders and Randy DeWeese were recognized for their efforts, and Long Beach State's Simon Anderson claimed his league-leading fifth Freshman Player of the Week honor in men's volleyball.


Sophomore • Middle Blocker • San Diego, Calif. • Scripps Ranch HS

➜ UC Santa Barbara sophomore Keenan Sanders earned his second Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week nod as he averaged 5.43 kills in a pair of victories.

➜ The 6-foot-6 middle blocker hit .469 (38-8-64) to help the Gauchos knock off USC (3-1) and UC San Diego (3-0) on the road.  Sanders averaged just one error per set.

➜ Against the Trojans, he collected his second straight 21-kill match, hitting .429 in the four-set win.  He added six digs and three block assists.

➜ In the sweep of the Tritons, Sanders posted 17 kills on .517 hitting to go along with four digs and three block assists.

➜ Sanders tallied 12 kills on 15 swings in the decisive fourth set versus USC.  He had nine kills in the third set against the Tritons.

Others nominated:
TJ DeFalco (Long Beach State); Tanner Syftestad (UC San Diego); Austin Matautia (Hawai‘i)

Sophomore • Setter • Sacramento, Calif. • Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep

➜ UC Santa Barbara sophomore Randy DeWeese notched his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honor as he led the team in both blocks and digs in a pair of wins.

➜ The 6-foot-6 setter accumulated 20 digs and 11 blocks (one solo) through six sets as the Gauchos defeated USC in four sets and UC San Diego in three.

➜ He averaged 1.57 blocks and 2.86 digs while adding six kills on .500 hitting with four aces.

➜ DeWeese recorded double-doubles in both contests, posting 47 assists and 10 digs against the Trojans, and 29 assists with 10 digs versus the Tritons.

Others nominated: Nick Amado (Long Beach State); Austin Matautia (Hawai‘i)


Middle Blocker • Middlefart, Denmark

➜ Long Beach State’s Simon Anderson tallied his fifth Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week honors as he helped the Beach sweep CSUN in conference play.

➜ He finished the week with five kills, three blocks, one dig and one service ace.

➜ Anderson hit .400 in the second match against the Matadors with two kills on five attempts without an error.

Others nominated: None