Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
January 7, 2014
Lucas Yoder - USC
Freshman, Outside Hitter, 6-4 (San Clemente, Calif., San Clemente High School)
Photo courtesy USC Athletics
Lucas Yoder, a 6-4 freshman outside hitter for then-No. 11 University of Southern California, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. You know a player has a bright future when he's named a national player of the week after his first collegiate match, and Yoder accomplished just that. Traveling to Chicago to take on then-No. 7 Loyola-Chicago, Yoder smashed a team-high 16 kills and hit an astounding .609 with five digs and three blocks. His strong play helped elevate the Trojans six spots to a current No. 5 national ranking. If the Yoder last name sounds familiar it should. He is now the sixth player with the name to wear the cardinal and gold, including teammates and cousins Paul (L/OH) and Jack (S) and his late father Dave, who played on three NCAA Final Four teams in the mid-1980s. This is the 13th time in program history a USC student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/Player of the Week honors, with the most recent coming from Robert Feathers on January 18th of last year. The Trojans are coached by Bill Ferguson.