January 20, 2009

Eric Vance Earns Both National, Conference Player of the Week Awards

Jan. 20, 2009

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Senior outside hitter Eric Vance of the second-ranked Cal State Northridge men's volleyball team has been named Player of the Week by both the AVCA and the MPSF after leading the Matadors to a pair of road wins to open the MPSF season.

Vance picked up the first Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week award of the 2009 men's volleyball season after helping the Matadors to a 3-0 win at No. 8 UCLA and a 3-1 win at No. 5 UC Irvine. He also earned his second MPSF Co-Player of the Week award in as many weeks as Northridge improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1985.

In two matches, Vance averaged 6.14 kills per game and 2.86 digs per game while hitting .382. He also contributed 6.57 points per game and is averaging a Matador-best 5.42 kills per game and 6.16 points per game this season. His two double-double efforts (kills-dogs) were his first two of the 2009 season.

This marks the second time in his career Vance has been named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week. He also earned the award on Feb. 25, 2008 after the Matadors defeated No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 6 UCLA in The Matadome.

Vance joins Pepperdine's Kasey Crider in earning MPSF Co-Player of the Week, the second consecutive week Vance has claimed Co-Player of the Week accolades. He has now earned four MPSF Player of the Week honors in his Matador career, twice this season and twice in 2008.

Cal State Northridge opens the 2009 home schedule this Friday, Jan. 23 as the Matadors host No. 10 UC Santa Barbara in The Matadome at 7 p.m.

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