John Kessenich- Vassar


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Photo courtesy Vassar athletics.

John Kessenich, a 6-4 setter for then-No. 6 Vassar College has been named the Sports Imports Division III Men's National Player of the Week. He earned the award after guiding the Brewers to a perfect 4-0 record over four nationally-ranked opponents at the Nazareth Tournament, while also earning himself MVP honors in the event. In Vassar's first match of the tournament, Kessenich dished out 57 assists, while adding four kills, seven digs and one solo block in the 3-1 victory over then-No. 11 Carthage. Next, he scored a double-double, distributing 37 assists and putting away 10 kills in the Brewers' 3-1 win over then-No. 14 Medaille. He also had two digs and two solo blocks in the triumph. In his team's third match of the weekend, a 3-1 victory over then-No. 13 Eastern Mennonite, he handed out 62 assists in leading his team to a .462 hitting percentage, and also had one kill, seven digs, one solo block and two block assists.  It marked the sixth time in his career he topped the 60-assist mark. In his final match of the week, he led his team to a .440 attack percentage on 39 assists in an upset sweep of then-No. 2 UC Santa Cruz. He also had three kills, three digs and one block assist. For the week, Kessenich led his team to a .381 hitting percentage, while averaging 13.00 assists, 1.53 kills, 1.27 blocks and 2.00 points per game. Kessenich is the fifth athlete from Vassar to garner Sports Imports Division III Men's National Player of the Week honors. He also ends a six-year drought for the Brewers with the recognition, as the last athlete from Vassar to receive the award was Jeff Barr on Feb. 24, 2003. Vassar is coached by Jonathan Penn.


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