Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
March 16, 2009
Dean Bittner - Long Beach State University
Junior, Right Side/Opposite, 6-7 (Lakewood, California - Lakewood High School)
Photo courtesy Long Beach State athletics.
Dean Bittner, a 6-7 junior right side/opposite for then-No. 7 Long Beach State University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week after leading his team to a pair of wins at the Active Ankle Tournament, which included a win over then-No. 4 Penn State. In the 49ers' opening match, Bittner put away 13 kills, while also nabbing three digs and five blocks in the 3-0 win over IPFW. Then, in an exciting 3-2 triumph over the Nittany Lions, Bitter scored 18 kills, four digs, six blocks and three aces in the victory. For the week, Bittner, who was named the tournament MVP for his outstanding play, hit .369 while averaging 3.88 kills and 1.38 blocks per game. This is the third time Bittner has earned the Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week award. He was previously honored on April 14, 2008 and March 24, 2008 and is also the 16th athlete from Long Beach State to receive the award. The 49ers are coached by Alan Knipe.