GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Justin Rich (Hamburg, N.Y./ Eden) has been named the NEAC Men's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after another strong week for the SUNY Institute of Technology Wildcats. The junior libero earns the honor for the second straight week (3RD overall) after guiding the Wildcats to a pair of conference wins that clinched the program's first NEAC regular season title. Rich compiled 17 digs across those two wins and finished the week with 23 digs along with five assists across three matches for SUNYIT. He amassed a match-most 12 digs in a 3-1 win over Keuka last Tuesday before adding six more digs along with a pair of assists in a 3-0 sweep of Cazenovia Saturday. Rich, who also captured this award last week, closed out the regular season second in the conference in digs per set (2.51) and fourth in digs (196).
Excerpted from the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week press release at neacsports.com courtesy of Eugenio Mercurio