Schneidmiller Named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player Of The Week
UC Irvine freshman Joel Schneidmiller (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga HS) earned his first career AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week award after leading the Anteaters to three wins, including twice over then-No. 5 BYU.
The 6-foot-6 outside hitter averaged 3.54 kills and 0.85 blocks per set while hitting a sizzling .456 across 13 sets. He earned Big West Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week accolades as the Anteaters went 3-0 overall – also earning a road victory against Concordia.
His efforts catapulted him to national recognition, with Schneidmiller representing the 30th time in program history an Anteater has been honored with the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week designation. The Anteaters are the first team in AVCA history to collect at least 30 National Player of the Week awards.
Schneidmiller hit .565 with a career-best 15 kills and a career-high seven block assists in UCI's win in match one over BYU. He improved upon his career high the next night with 19 putaways in a five-set thriller over the Cougars. Schneidmiller never hit less than .391 in any of the three contests. He had back-to-back kills to give UCI a 10-6 lead in the decisive fifth set of Saturday's victory.
UCI is 9-1 on the season and now ranked No. 4 in the nation.