Carson Clark - UC Irvine
Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
April 4, 2011
Carson Clark- UC Irvine
Junior, RS/Opposite, 6-5 (Santa Barbara, Calif. - Santa Barbara High School)
Photo courtesy of UC Irvine Athletics
Carson Clark, a 6-5 junior right side/opposite for UC Irvine, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. Clark led the Anteaters to a pair of four-set wins over two nationally ranked AVCA Top-15 teams. The first victory of the week came against then-No.5 UCLA where Clark nailed a match-high 22 kills to clinch an MPSF playoff berth for No. 6 UC Irvine. He certainly shined in the latter part of the match, hitting .647 in the final two sets and had consecutive aces in the fourth set to open up a late 15-8 lead. Then UC Irvine hit the road to then-No.8 UC Santa Barbara where the California native had 19 kills and three aces while tacking on six digs in the victory. After UCI lost the first set, Clark stepped up his game to hit .565 over the next three sets. For the week, the junior hit .447 while averaging 5.12 kills per set. This is the 16th time a player from UCLA has won the AVCA Player of the Week, and the second for Clark. This is also the program's first Player of the Week honor since Clark won it the week of April 12, 2010. The Anteaters are coached by John Speraw.