DANBURY, Conn. - Penn State Altoona senior outside hitter Jacob Byers (Level Green, PA/Penn Trafford) picked up his third award of the week on Wednesday afternoon, when the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced that he was their Division III South Region Player of the Week in men's volleyball.
On Monday, Byers won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's Player of the Week recognition. The following day, the senior was selected the North Eastern Athletic Conference's Player of the Week.
Byers put up big numbers for the Lions last week, helping his team go 2-1 in non-conference play. In a 3-0 win at Wilkes University last Wednesday, he totaled nine kills, two digs, two solo blocks, and one block assist. In Saturday's 3-1 loss to #14 ranked Eastern Mennonite University, he put up 18 kills, three digs, and three solo blocks. Later that day, in his team's 3-2 victory over Stevenson University, Byers tallied 16 kills, four digs, and one solo block.
On the week, Byers had 43 kills (3.58 kills per set), nine digs (0.75 digs per set), and seven total blocks (0.58 blocks per set). He also posted an attack percentage of .329.
This is Byers' first ECAC weekly award of the season.
Penn State Altoona men's volleyball embarks on its quest for its first-ever NEAC championship this Friday, April 14, when it hosts SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a 7:00 p.m. match in the semifinal round of the NEAC Tournament. Should the Lions win that match, they will face either Lancaster Bible College or Wells College for the conference championship on Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.