CHICAGO – After leading Loyola to a 1-1 record this past weekend, junior outside hitter Mike Bunting has been named Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week and Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Offensive Player of the Week, announced by both offices late Monday evening.
Bunting, a native of Wyomissing, Pa., becomes the sixth Rambler in program history to earn national player of the week honors. Former Loyola standout Kris Berzins was the last Loyola men's volleyball player to win the award back on Feb. 1, 2010.
In a thrilling 3-2 win over IPFW on Feb. 4, Bunting posted a season-high 31 kills and five digs. Against No. 4 Stanford the following evening, he collected 21 kills, two digs and two assists. More impressively, Bunting managed a +.500 hitting percentage in each match, with averages of .510 and .515, respectively. He also averaged 5.7 kills per set.
In 2011, Bunting leads the MIVA in kills per set (4.59) and ranks second in points per set (4.97). He has 143 kills and 12 blocks this season.
Sitting at 5-3 (1-0) in 2011, Loyola will return to the hardwood on Friday, Feb. 11, when BYU comes to Alumni Gym. First serve is schedule for 7:00 p.m. CST.