Feb. 25, 2013
CHICAGO - Freshman Thomas Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. Jaeschke was recognized for his efforts after leading all players in Loyola's matches against IPFW and Ball State as he concluded the week with 35 kills and a .431 hitting percentage.
"Thomas has done a great job of working hard and staying consistent," said head coach Shane Davis. "This is a great accomplishment for him and for the program and we look forward to seeing him continue to progress throughout the season."
In Loyola's five-set battle against IPFW on Feb. 20, Jaeschke tallied a career-high 19 kills while collecting five digs and a service ace to lead Loyola with 4.1 points per set. Jaeschke continued to pace his team on Saturday, helping Loyola to sweep Ball State. The outside hitter blasted a string of six kills to lead Loyola on a late 9-2 run, assisting the Ramblers in a come-from-behind victory in the second frame. By the end of the night, Jaeschke collected 16 kills, four digs and two service aces.
This is the first career-award for Jaeschke and also marks the first time in Loyola's program history that a freshman has earned weekly conference accolades.
Loyola carries a 10-7 overall record this season and is 3-2 in conference play. The Ramblers travel to Ohio State for their next match on Friday, March 1, when they will take on the Buckeyes at 6 p.m. CST.