Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
February 4, 2014
Marcin Niemczewski - Ball State
Sophomore, Outside Hitter, 6-5 (Vernon Hills, IL- Vernon Hills High School)
Photo courtesy Ball State Athletics
Marcin Niemczewski, a 6-5 sophomore outside hitter for previously unranked Ball State, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. The Cardinals played in just one match last week, but it was a big one against heated rival and then-No.14 ranked IPFW. Ball State pulled out the victory in an exciting five sets largely because of the play of their big outside hitter. Niemczewski finished with a career-high in kills (22), attempts (50), digs (16) and blocks (8) for his first career double-double. You'd have to go back to 2008 to find the last time a Cardinal recorded 20+ kills, 10+ digs and five-plus blocks when Patrick Durbin did it against Lewis. With the win, Ball State cracked the top-15 in yesterday's AVCA Coaches Poll for the first time this season, checking in at No. 15.
This is the 12th time in program history a Ball State student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/Player of the Week honors, with the most recent coming from Ethan Pheister on April 26, 2010. The Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton.