MUNCIE, Ind. - - After a pair of solid performances last weekend, Ball State men's volleyball senior middle attacker J.D. Gasparovic (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville H.S.) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week.
This is Gasparovic's third career MIVA Player of the Week honor and his first this season.
Gasparovic was instrumental in helping the Cardinals snap a 12-match losing streak to No. 9 Penn State last Friday, racking up a match-high 10 block assists in the contest. His effort at the net helped limit the potent Nittany Lion offense to a .162 hitting mark, well below their .327 average entering the match.
Gasparovic's 10-block assist effort also moved him into first place in program history for career block assists. He added two more block assists in the win over Saint Francis Saturday to move his career total to 581. Gasparovic has racked up 550 total blocks over his career, including 69 solo blocks, to rank second all-time on BSU's career total blocks list.
In addition to his solid blocking effort versus PSU, Gasparovic tallied three kills and a dig versus the Nittany Lions. In Saturday's win over the Red Flash, he was one of four BSU players to collected double-digit kills with 10. He also scored three blocks (one solo and two assists) and five digs against SFU.
For the week, Gasparovic averaged 1.86 blocks, 1.86 kills, 0.86 digs and 2.86 points per game, while hitting for a .300 rate of success.
Gasparovic and the 15th-ranked Ball State men's volleyball team returns to action Saturday when it hosts Quincy in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 MIVA Tournament. Admission to the match, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena, is $5 for adults and $3 for Ball State students and fans 18-and-under.