SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior outside hitter Corey Chavers was named the Big West Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the league office.
A native of Downey, Calif., Chavers registered a career-high 24 kills on Saturday night in a four-set triumph over No. 10 Pepperdine at the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. His previous career high was 18 kills.
The 6-4 pin hit .333 on the night and also led the team in both aces (two) and blocks (six, tied with freshman middle blocker Jack Truman). Nine of his kills came in the decisive fourth set.
Chavers becomes just the fourth Gaucho of the Rick McLaughlin era (since 2009) to post 24 kills in a match, joining an illustrious club including All-American Jeff Menzel and Gaucho mainstays Cullen Irons and Jacob Delson. Alongside Delson, he is one of just two to do so since the 2011 season.
A product of Gahr High School, Chavers will go down as UCSB's first-ever recipient of a weekly award in the Big West era. He is UCSB's first conference player of the week since All-American setter Jonah Seif earned MPSF accolades on Apr. 11, 2016.
Maintaining a 3-1 record to this point of the season including a 2-0 record against AVCA Top-10 opponents, No. 15 UCSB will be put to the test this week against a pair of nationally-ranked MIVA teams, taking on No. 8 Loyola-Chicago on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT in an ESPN3-televised contest before battling No. 11 Lewis at noon on Saturday.