CHICAGO - Collin Mahan (Victor, N.Y./Victor) has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Defensive Player of the Week it was announced today. This marks the first time in his career that the Loyola University Chicago sophomore outsider hitter has earned the award.
In a pair of MIVA victories last week that ran Loyola’s win streak to three matches, the 6-foot-5 Mahan averaged 1.43 digs and 1.14 blocks per set to help the Ramblers to wins over Lindenwood and Quincy. Mahan also contributed 18 kills, hitting .361 (18-5-36), in addition to his defensive efforts.
Mahan recorded seven digs and a season-high five blocks in a four-set victory over Lindenwood on February 3, then one night later, pitched in three digs and three blocks as the Ramblers swept Quincy. An Honorable Mention All-MIVA selection in 2016, he tied a season high by producing 13 kills versus Lindenwood last weekend.
For the season, Mahan is averaging 1.60 digs and 0.60 blocks per set to go with 2.20 kills per set and a .266 hitting percentage (77-28-184). Loyola, which is ranked No. 10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Poll, is 6-3 overall and 2-0 in MIVA play and returns to action Thursday (Feb. 9) when it visits McKendree.