LA JOLLA, Calif. - Senior opposite hitter Tanner Syftestad of the University of California San Diego men's volleyball program was named Tuesday as the VolleyMob Player of the Week, for the week of Jan. 15-21.
The award marks Syftestad's second national weekly distinction already over the first three weeks of the 2018 season. On Jan. 9, he was the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Player of the Week, the first Triton to be so honored since April of 2012, and just the fourth in program history.
Syftestad had garnered VolleyMob Player of the Week honorable mention on Jan. 9 as well. VolleyMob.com is a second-year volleyball website.
Also for the second time in three weeks, Syftestad completed his week averaging over five kills (5.20) and six points (6.10) per set. He turned in the match high in kills and points in all three contests as UC San Diego went 2-1 at home. The third-year Triton captain out of Sacramento put down 14 kills on .324 (14-3-34) hitting in a loss to No. 2 UCLA on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and added 14 kills with a match-best and career-high-tying four service aces in Friday's sweep over Division III No. 8 UC Santa Cruz.
Syftestad capped off the week with his first double-double since his college debut in the 2015 opener, leading all players in kills (24) and digs (career-high 11) while adding a team- and season-high seven total blocks in a come-from-behind, four-set triumph over a Concordia side coming off an upset win at No. 7 CSUN the night before. He averaged 1.90 digs and 1.00 blocks per set for the week.
Through matches played on Sunday, Jan. 21, Syftestad continues to lead all of Division I-II at 5.15 kills, 6.08 points and 10.60 attacks per set. UC San Diego is 5-1, its best start to a season since beginning the 1996 campaign a perfect 6-0.
Elsewhere, Wyatt Harrison, a product of Kilauea, Hawaii, earned Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week honorable mention on Monday after compiling seven kills and season highs of seven digs and two blocks off the bench in that decision over Concordia.
The Tritons fly to Phoenix, Ariz., early this Friday, Jan. 26, and play at No. 11 Grand Canyon (6-2) later that evening at 6 p.m. MT (5 p.m. PT). They will then also face Ottawa (AZ) on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT, before returning home to La Jolla.