Matt Webber - UC Irvine

4/30/2007

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April 30, 2007

Matt Webber - UC Irvine
Senior, Right Side/Opposite Hitter, 6-6 (Brentwood, Calif. - Liberty Union H.S.)


 

Photo courtesy UC Irvine athletics.

Matt Webber, a 6-6 right side/opposite hitter for then-No. 3 UC Irvine, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week. He earned the award after helping lead UC Irvine to two upsets in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament this past weekend over then-No. 2 BYU and then-No. 1 Pepperdine for its first MPSF Tournament title. The two wins earned the Anteaters the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals, which will be held this Thursday, May 3, at The Ohio State University.  In the MPSF semifinal match against BYU, Webber had 21 kills in 39 attempts and seven errors for a .359 hitting percentage in helping the Anteaters climb back from a 2-1 deficit for the 3-2 win.  He added three aces, six digs and three total blocks in the win.  In the match against Pepperdine, which saw UC Irvine come back from a 2-0 deficit, Webber had a season-high 25 kills in 44 attempts and nine errors for a .364 hitting percentage. He added one ace, six digs and four total blocks in the 3-2 win.  For the weekend, Webber averaged a 4.60 kills, a .361 hitting percentage, 1.20 digs and 5.50 points per game.  Webber's honor marks the eighth time a UC Irvine men's volleyball player has earned the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week award.  He is also the third Anteater to earn the honor this year - Jason Jablonsky received the award January 22 and Aaron Harrell was honored February 19.  UC Irvine is coached by John Speraw.

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