NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - CSUN sophomore outside hitter Sam Holt was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on Monday (Apr. 7) after leading the Matadors to upset wins over No. 9 UCLA and No. 5 UCSB last week.
Holt, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, had a monster match against the ninth-ranked Bruins on Apr. 3 as he pounded a career-high 37 kills while hitting .484 to pace CSUN to the five-set win. Holt's kill total is the most by a conference player in four years and the most by a Matador hitter since Eric Vance had 40 in 2008. With 40.5 of CSUN's 82.5 points in the match, Holt's point total is also the most by a MPSF player since 2010.
He came back to put down a match-high 18 kills on 36 attacks (.333) in the Matadors' four-set win over the fifth-ranked Gauchos which gave Holt an average of 6.11 kills per set on .429 hitting for the week.
"There are a lot of great players in this league and I'm honored to have been considered for this," said Holt. "I've felt like these past few matches we've had nothing to lose and played up to our true potential. We're young and very talented and I am excited for the future of this team."
The honor was the first by a Matador player this season and the first since John Baker earned the award on Feb. 11, 2013. Cal State Northridge has now received the weekly honor 19 times over the last 11 seasons.
MATADORS NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2002-Present)
Apr. 7, 2014 - Sam Holt, So., OH
Feb. 11, 2013 - John Baker, Sr., OPP
Mar. 26, 2012 - Julius Hoefer, Fr., OPP
Mar. 15, 2010 - Kevin McKniff, Sr., MB
Mar. 8, 2010 - Jacek Ratajczak, Sr., MB
Feb. 15, 2010 - Kevin McKniff, Sr., MB
Apr. 6, 2009 - Eric Vance, Sr., OH
Mar. 2, 2009 - Jacek Ratajczak, Jr., MB
Feb. 23, 2009 - Matt Stork, Fr., S
Jan. 19, 2009 - Eric Vance, Sr., OH
Jan. 12, 2009 - Eric Vance, Sr., OH
Mar. 17, 2008 - Eric Vance, Jr., OH
Mar. 3, 2008 - Cody Loe, Fr., MB
Feb. 25, 2008 - Eric Vance, Jr., OH
Mar. 20, 2006 - Brian Waite, Sr., MB
Mar. 6, 2006 - Eric Vance, Fr., OH
Feb. 16, 2004 - Dan Rhodes, Fr., OPP
Mar. 24, 2003 - Joe Nargi, Sr., OPP
Feb. 10, 2003 - Joe Nargi, Sr., OPP
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