Tony Ciarelli Named AVCA And MPSF Player of Week|
April 18, 2011
USC junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week and Molten Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week for his performances last week in a pair of home wins over No. 8 UCLA and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara.
Ciarelli had a team-high 16 kills while hitting .433 and he served 3 aces in the sweep over the cross-town rival Bruins. He added a team-high 13 kills in 20 attempts for a .550 hitting percentage while also adding eight digs and four blocks in the regular-season finale sweep over the Gauchos. For the week, he averaged 4.83 kills per set and hit at an average of .480.
This is the third time in his career--and second time in 2011--that Ciarelli was named both the AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week. It is the 13th time in history that a Trojan has been recognized as the AVCA National Player of the Week.
He is the second Trojan to be selected as both the AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week in 2011, along with Murphy Troy.
The No. 1-ranked USC men's volleyball team opens MPSF Tournament play by hosting UCLA on Saturday (April 23) in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal match in the Galen Center.