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Men's Volleyball

Long Beach State Produces Clean Sweep In Men's Volleyball Awards

1/15/2018

A Long Beach State trio reaped the rewards of helping their team defeat two ranked opponents on the road.

JOSH TUANIGA, LONG BEACH STATE – PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Junior • Setter • Long Beach, Calif. • Huntington Beach, Calif.

➜ Long Beach State junior Josh Tuaniga earned his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week award after directing the offense to a .417 attack percentage in road sweeps over No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

➜ The 6-3 setter averaged 10.17 assists per set with 32 helpers against Lewis and 29 more versus Loyola-Chicago.

➜ Tuaniga also contributed offensively with six kills on 10 attempts without committing an error.

➜ He added two aces, 13 digsand six blocks for the week.

➜ With Tuaniga running the offense, No. 2 Long Beach State is hitting .418 on the year.

Others nominated: Karl Apfelbach (UC Irvine); Stijn van Tilburg (Hawai‘i)

NICK AMADO, LONG BEACH STATE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Middle Blocker • Aliso Niguel, Calif. • Orange Coast College

➜ Long Beach State senior Nick Amado picked up his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honor as a frontline stalwart for the Beach, averaging 1.67 blocks per set in a road sweep of No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

➜ The 6-foot-6 middle blocker notched a career-high seven blocks in the 27-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Flyers.  He also chipped in three kills.

➜ Against the Ramblers, Amado recorded three more blocks to give him 10 for the week.

➜ Amado hit an impressive .667 against Loyola with nine kills and just one error in 12 attempts.  Overall, Amado hit .375 (12-3-24) for the week.

Others nominated: Scott Stadick (UC Irvine); Dalton Solbrig (Hawai‘i)

SIMON ANDERSON, LONG BEACH STATE – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Middle Blocker • Middlefart, Denmark

➜ Long Beach State middle blocker Simon Anderson secured his second consecutive Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award with a strong all-around performance in a pair of road victories.

➜ Anderson hit .800 (13-1-15) from his middle blocker spot while averaging 2.17 kills, 0.50 aces and 1.17 blocks per set as the Beach won in three sets at No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

➜ He put down eight kills in eight attempts against the Flyers, to go along with three aces and four block assists.

➜ Anderson knocked down five more kills against the Ramblers in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 effort, committing just one error in seven swings for .571 efficiency.

➜ Added one assist, two digs and three block assists to help the Beach improve to 6-0 overall.

Others nominated: Vlad Pesic (UC San Diego); Joel Schneidmiller (UC Irvine)

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