DANBURRY, Conn.— The Eastern College Athletic Conference recognized three outstanding performers from the Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad on Friday afternoon. Junior right-side hitter TJ Wiechecki was tabbed the ECAC South Offensive Player of the year. Wiechecki and junior setter Erich Bratke received First-Team All-ECAC accolades, while senior Tomasz Ksiazkiewicz garnered All-ECAC honorable mention.
The trio performed well all season, guiding the Saints to a 19-10 record overall, and 13-1 in conference play. The combination of play from the three also boosted the Saints to their first title of Regular Season Champions in the program's short four-year history. Marymount was also deemed an AVCA Top-15 team throughout the season, reaching as high as No. 8 in the nation.
Wiechecki has been a force on the offensive end since his freshman debut, where he garnered the Continental Volleyball Conference Rookie of the Year title in 2015. This season he has tabbed CVC Player of the Week three times, and ECAC Division III South Player of the Week twice before being named the CVC Player of the Year, All-CVC for the third-straight season and CVC All-Tournament. The Wilmington, Delaware native led the CVC in kills (438), kills per set (4.42), points (504.5), and points per set (5.1). He paced the nation in kills, ranked third in kills per set, and fourth for points for set. Wiechecki also tallied 27 service aces throughout the season to pace the Saints on the offensive end.
Directing the traffic from the setter position, Bratke tallied 709 assists to average 8.65 assists per set. He ranks fifth in the conference for his assists per set average and total number of assists. On the offensive end, Bratke has also added 38 kills for the blue and white. On the defensive end, Bratke has scooped up 152 digs and 24 total blocks. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native was also tabbed CVC POTW and was named the program's first AVCA National POTW once throughout the season before earning a spot on the All-CVC team for the first time in his career. The junior posted 61.5 points throughout the 2017 campaign and will return to action next season.
Ksiazkiewicz continues to be an influence at the net after bolstering some impressive numbers during his final season with the blue and white. On the offensive end, he ranks fourth for the Saints in kills (122) while landing a solid .374 percent, best on the team. The senior also tallied 21 service aces to average .29 per set, putting him in the top 15 of the CVC. On the defensive end, he was a wall in front of the net, registering 14 solo blocks, and 52 block assists for a total of 66 blocks. Ksiazkiewicz's average of .90 blocks per set ranks him fourth in the conference overall. In his senior season, the middle blocker posted 183 points, fourth most on the team.
Both Bratke and Wiechecki will look to return to the court for the 2018 campaign in their last season for the blue and white.
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