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Men’s Volleyball Sweeps WHAC Honors

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – After starting the season strong for the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s volleyball team, senior setter from Kaneohe, Hawaii, Jaysen Matsumoto has been named as the WHAC’s first Setter of the Week honoree of the season.

Matsumoto played a pivotal role in MVNU’s victory against Trinity Christian College (IL) in the season opener on January 26. He skillfully delivered 38 assists across four sets and hit a significant milestone by surpassing 2,500 career assists.

The following day, Matsumoto maintained his exceptional performance against (RV) Campbellsville (KY), contributing 32 assists. Throughout the week, he tallied an impressive total of 70 assists, averaging 10 per set for MVNU. Matsumoto also showcased his prowess at the net with nine blocks, averaging 1.29 per set.

Landon Ewers was named as the WHAC’s first Attacker of the Week honoree of the season.

The recognition is rightfully earned by the senior hailing from Mount Vernon, Ohio. Ewers played a crucial role in securing two victories for MVNU during the week. He shared the team lead with 23 kills and contributed nine blocks. Ewers demonstrated an impressive average of 3.29 kills per set in the wins against Trinity Christian and (RV) Campbellsville, achieving a remarkable hitting percentage of .568. Additionally, he maintained an average of 1.29 blocks per set for the Cougars.

To wrap things up, Luke Funte earned the distinction of being named the first Defender of the Week of 2024 by the WHAC.

The senior from Grove City, Pennsylvania had a total of 13 blocks in MVNU’s two-weekend victories, averaging 1.29 blocks per set. Additionally, he contributed 1.29 kills per set to further bolster the team’s performance.

MVNU men’s volleyball looks to stay hot on Thursday, February 8 in Ariel Arena against William Penn (IA). First serve is set for 7:00 pm.

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