AVCA named Bratke National Player of the Week; Saints move up to No. 9 in country

AVCA named Bratke National Player of the Week; Saints move up to No. 9 in country

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A day after earning his first CVC award, junior setter Erich Bratke of the Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball team earned another award on Tuesday, being named the program's first AVCA National Player of the Week. 

Bratke had a stellar week at the setter position, totaling 94 assists through two matches to guide the Saints to two AVCA Top-10 victories over then-No. 9 Eastern Mennonite University and then-No. 5 New York University. 

For the trimatch on Saturday, he average 10.44 assists per set, as he comes in at 9.62 for the season, good enough to sit fourth in the CVC. 

Additionally, his efforts and the rest of the Saints for the week was enough to move them into the Top 10 this week's AVCA poll, released on Tuesday. The highest placement in program history, Marymount now comes in at No. 9, receiving 123 points while moving up five spots from last week's ranking. 

Marymount will now head to Boston for their Spring Break trip, taking on three more ranked opponents, including No. 5 Vassar, No. 12 Lasell and the top-ranked team in the country, Springfield, who finished as the national-champion runner up in 2016. 

First up is Vassar on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.