(Posted February 18, 2003)

Huntingdon, PA - Juniata College junior Kenny Eiser (Central Bucks West/Doylestown) earned EIVA Division III "player of the week" honors for his play with the men's volleyball team.

Eiser's week featured three games in which the Eagles middle hitter registered double figures in kills. Opening the week against Penn State, Eiser had 13 kills on 24 swings with five errors to attack at .333 in a three-game loss. In a big Division III showdown against NYU, Eiser hit .579 and had 12 kills to go along with two blocks in Juniata's 3-0 win. Eiser finished the week with 13 kills and a .706 hitting percentage in a three-game Tait Division loss to Division I George Mason.

For the week, Eiser averaged 12.6 kills per match and .412 kills per game, while hitting at a .517 clip. He also added six blocks and eight digs on the week. Eiser's attack percentages against George Mason and NYU were two of the four-highest match attack percentages turned in by an Eagle this season. Eiser led the team in kills against both George Mason and NYU.

Through eight matches this season, Eiser has the highest attack percentage among the regular attackers, and is second on the team in both kills and kills per game. He is second on the team in total blocks, and is averaging better than a block per game.

With Eiser leading the way, Juniata climbed to the top of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. The Eagles were ranked first in the Feb. 11 poll having defeated Springfield College and NYU, teams ranked second and fourth in the poll respectively, earlier in the season. The Feb.11 poll was the third-straight AVCA Coaches poll that had the Eagles ranked as the top team. Through eight matches, Juniata had a record of 5-3 with all of its losses coming against Division I opponents.

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