Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
March 27, 2012
Joseph Smalzer - Loyola University Chicago
RS Sophomore, Opposite, 6-8 (Palos Heights, Ill. - Marist High School)
Photo courtesy Loyola Chicago Athletics
Joseph Smalzer, a 6-8 red shirt sophomore opposite for Loyola University Chicago, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. Smalzer had his best week of the season to lead the Ramblers to a perfect 3-0 week, including two wins at Grand Canyon. Before hitting the road, Loyola Chicago was home against Ball State where he nailed a career-high 22 kills hitting .471 with six digs and four aces. He continued his success against the Antelopes in the first match recording a double-double with 18 kills and 11 digs. What are not to be overlooked were his 25 reception attempts without committing an error. The Illinois native's .552 hitting percentage was also a career-high until he topped that the following day hitting .667. Adding to that match's 12 kills were eight digs and a personal best six blocks. For the week, the opposite averaged 4.73 kills (led the team in kills all three nights) and 2.27 digs per set while hitting .543. This is the 12th time a Loyola Chicago men's volleyball player has been named a Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week, with the most recent coming last year the week of March 14th when Mike Bunting took home the honor. The Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis.