Averill named MPSF Player of the Week for second time this season

Taylor Averill

Senior middle blocker Taylor Averill was named men’s volleyball’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Molten Player of the Week (Jan. 19-25). It is Averill’s second weekly conference award this season.

The San Jose, Calif. native played a big role, along with his teammates, in netting two consecutive victories last weekend over UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 16 & 18), ending a seven-match losing streak to the Gauchos. The Rainbow Warriors improved to a 5-1 record, opening MPSF-play 2-0.

Averill accumulated a .513 middle attack (25-5-39) for the two-game series, while adding 10 blocks (2 solo), four digs, and one service ace.

Also following the huge upset weekend over the Gauchos, UH jumped two ranks to No. 7 in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll this week. The ‘Bows continue to improve in the poll, having started out 2015 at No. 10 in the preseason rankings.

The Warriors will take one week off before flying out for their road-opening series against No. 3 UC Irvine, Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 for another MPSF match-up.

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