March 14, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman setter Jonathan Winder was named the Sports Import/AVCA National Division I-II Player of the Week Monday afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for his efforts in leading the Pepperdine men's volleyball team to victories over No. 12 UC Irvine (3-0) and No. 1 UCLA (3-2).
The 6-foot-8 Winder averaged 14.25 assists per game for eight games, while quarterbacking the team to a .357 attack percentage. The Irvine, Calif., native also recorded 10 digs, seven blocks, two kills and an ace during the week.
Winder proved to be at his best against UCLA when he set the Waves to a .329 attack percentage, including .529 in game five. The Bruins had been holding opponents to just a .249 clip through 20 matches this season.
The honor marks the third time this season a Wave has earned National Player of the Week honors as Winder joins senior Sean Rooney (Jan. 18) and Andy Hein (Feb. 14). It also marks the 13th time a Pepperdine men's player has claimed the award.
This also marks the first time since 2002 a true freshman has earned Player of the Week honors. The last to accomplish the feat was Rooney.
The Waves will continue their homestand Thursday night when it hosts USC at Firestone Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. (PT). Pepperdine swept the Trojans in the first meeting of the season in Los Angeles back on Feb. 4.