Futi Tavana- Brigham Young University

3/23/2009

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Photo courtesy Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo.

Futi Tavana, a 6-8 redshirt freshman middle blocker for then-No. 8 Brigham Young University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week after leading his team to back-to-back five-game wins over then-No. 5 Long Beach State. In the first match-up with the 49ers, Tavana hit .500 with 11 kills in 20 attempts and one error. He also completed his first career double-double, getting 11 blocks, in addition to adding one ace in the match. In the second match against Long Beach, Tavana turned in an even better outing, notching the second double-double of his young career with 14 kills and 13 blocks. He also hit .636 in the match and picked up one dig. For the week, Tavana hit .571 and averaged 2.50 kills, 2.40 blocks and 3.85 points per game. This is the first time Tavana had garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Player of the Week honors. He is also the 18th athlete from BYU to earn the award. The Cougars are coached by Shawn Patchell.

 

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