Kris Berzins- Loyola University Chicago

4/20/2009

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Photo courtesy Loyola-Chicago athletics.

Kris Berzins, a 6-1 outside hitter for Loyola University Chicago, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week. The Brinklow, Md. native earns the award for helping his team, who was then-tied for No. 15 in the Bison/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Poll, win both of its matches last week, including securing a victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. In the Ramblers' first match, a 3-2 triumph over then-No. 12 Lewis, Berzins hit .575 with 25 kills in 40 attempts and two errors. He also had eight digs and one ace in the contest. He followed that up with another solid performance, hitting .550 with 13 kills in 20 attempts and two errors, while also totaling five digs, two aces and one block in a 3-0 win over IPFW. For the week, Berzins hit at .567 clip and averaged 4.75 kills, 1.65 digs and 5.188 points per game. This is the first time Berzins has been the recipient of the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Player of the Week accolade. It is also the eighth time an athlete from Loyola-Chicago has earned the award; the last Rambler to receive it was James Grunst on April 2, 2007. Loyola-Chicago is coached by Shane Davis.

 

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