Kevin Owens (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), a sophomore middle attacker for the Ball State men's volleyball team (10-5), has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week.
"I am very pleased Kevin has received this honor," said Ball State head coach Joel Walton. "I am proud of the job he has done improving his blocking and attacking this season. His blocking has helped our defense greatly limit our opponents attacking numbers, and he has done a good job intimidating opposing hitters."
Owens helped guide the Cardinals to sweeps of Mount Olive and Park last week by averaging 2.17 blocks-per-set over the two matches. His play at the net helped limit BSU's opponents to a .042 hitting mark last week.
In BSU's sweep of Mount Olive, Owens racked up six total blocks, including two solo stuffs and four block assists. His effort at the net helped limited MOC to a .078 (30-23-90) hitting mark for the night. Owens also turned in a solid effort from the attack line versus Mount Olive, blasting nine kills and hitting .533 (9-1-15).
Owen's turned in an even more impressive effort the next night versus Park University, racking up seven total blocks (one solo and six assists) to help limit the Pirates' offense to a .000 (25-25-75) rate of success. On offense, Owens connected for a .636 clip, with seven kills on 11 swings with no errors.Thanks to his solid weekend at the net, Owens climbed to first in the MIVA rankings with a 1.28 blocks-per-set average for the year. His .407 hitting percentage also ranks third in the league.