Tommy Pestolesi - Long Beach State
March 1, 2010
Tommy Pestolesi - Long Beach State University
Senior, Outside Hitter, 6-6 (Huntington Beach, Calif. - Edison High School)
Photo courtesy LBSU athletics.
Tommy Pestolesi, a 6-6 outside hitter for then-No. 9 Long Beach State University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week award after igniting his team to a pair of key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) triumphs last week. In the 49ers' first match, a hard-fought 3-2 win over then-No. 11 UC Irvine, Pestolesi narrowly missed a double-double, smashing 24 kills (.488) while chipping in nine digs, one block and one ace. In LBSU's next match, a 3-0 blanking of then-No. 3 UCLA, the senior came away with 15 kills, five digs and one block on .431 hitting. For the week, Pestolesi hit an efficient .431, while averaging 4.88 kills and 1.75 digs per game. This is the first time Pestolesi has earned Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II Player of the Week accolades and marks the 20th time a LBSU athlete has taken home the award. The last 49er to earn the nod was Dean Bittner on January 25, 2010. Long Beach State is coached by Andy Read.