DeFalco, Gasman, Hicks Selected For Men's Volleyball Honor Roll
TJ DeFALCO, LONG BEACH STATE • MEN'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Outside Hitter • Huntington Beach, Calif. • Huntington Beach HS
• TJ DeFalco captured his third career Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week honor – and first of 2019 – leading Long Beach State at the AVCA Showcase.
• The 6-foot-4 outside hitter hit a colossal .636 (24-3-33) and averaged 4.00 kills per set to lead the Beach in a pair of sweeps over Penn State and Ohio State.
• The two wins at the Walter Pyramid extended LBSU’s home unbeaten streak to 32 straight, tying a school record.
• DeFalco pounded 14 kills in 19 errorless attempts (.737) as LBSU rolled Penn State. He added three aces, five digs and a solo block versus the Nittany Lions.
• Against the Buckeyes, DeFalco swung at a .500 (10-3-14) clip with four digs and an assist.
Others nominated: Dante Chakravorti (UC Irvine); Xander Jimenez (UC San Diego); Corey Chavers (UC Santa Barbara); Rado Parapunov (Hawai‘i)
PATRICK GASMAN, HAWAI‘I • MEN'S VOLLEYBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • Middle Blocker • Clovis, Calif. • Buchanan HS
• A force at the net, Patrick Gasman helped Hawai‘i to a 3-0 roadtrip and claimed Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
• The 6-foot-10 middle blocker averaged an incredible 3.17 blocks per set as the Rainbow Warriors improved to 8-0 on the season, matching their best start to a season under head coach Charlie Wade.
• Gasman played in six out a possible nine sets, and racked up 19 blocks (one solo). He equalled his career-high of eight blocks in a sweep of Saint Francis.
• Gasman totalled five blocks (1 solo, 4 assisted) in the trip’s opener against Queens. In the rematch two days later, he notched six more blocks in just one set.
• On offense, he was impressive too with five kills in all three contests and a .571 hitting percentage (15-3-21).
Others nominated: Louis Richard (Long Beach State); Scott Stadick (UC Irvine); Brandon Hicks (UC Santa Barbara)
BRANDON HICKS, UC SANTA BARBARA •
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Outside Hitter • Honolulu, Hawai‘i • Punahou School
• UC Santa Barbara middle blocker Brandon Hicks collected his first Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week accolade after helping the Gauchos to a 2-0 mark at the AVCA Showcase.
• He hit .353 (8-2-17) with five aces, three digs and 10 blocks in sweeps of Ohio State and Penn State.
• Hicks had career-highs of five aces and seven blocks versus the Nittany Lions. He added five kills and three blocks against the Buckeyes.
Others nominated: Jonny Bowles (UC Irvine); Blake Crisp (UC San Diego); Jakob Thelle (Hawai‘i)