ARLINGTON, Va. – With the Continental Volleyball Conference tournament kicking off on Friday afternoon after capturing the top seed, the Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball team will be hosting the tournament with three all-conference honorees in senior Tomasz Ksiazkiewicz and juniors TJ Wiechecki and Erich Bratke garnering the accolades on Thursday afternoon.
All three Saints contributed profoundly to the offensive end throughout the season, leading the CVC in several statistical categories. Wiechecki has now earned the honor three-straight years, while Ksiazkiewicz earned it for the second time, and it marks the first time Bratke garnered the accolade in his career. In just the program's fourth year, the three have led Marymount to one of its best finishes in program history, seizing the regular-season CVC Champion title, and maintaining an AVCA top-15 ranking throughout the entire season.
Wiechecki bolstered the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015 and has pieced together two-straight impressive seasons, leading the conference in kills (407), kills per sets (4.33), and points per set (5.0). He is currently ranked second in the nation for kills, third in kills per set, and fourth in points for set. Additionally, he posted 26 service aces and 470.5 points throughout the 2017 campaign and was tabbed CVC Player of the Week three times, and ECAC Division III South Player of the Week twice. The Wilmington, Delaware native has earned CVC POW five total times throughout his career.
Ksiazkiewicz grabs his second all-conference honor after bolstering some impressive numbers during his final season with the Saints. On the offensive end, he ranks fourth for the Saints in kills (109) while landing a solid .382 percent, best on the team. A powerful serve as well, he put down 20 service aces, averaging .29 per set this season to place him 10th amongst the seven-team conference. On the defensive end, he was a wall in front of the net, registering 11 solo blocks and 50 block assists for a total of 61 blocks. Ksiazkiewicz averages .90 blocks per set to rank fourth in the conference.
Bratke commanded the offense from the setter position, tallying 651 assists to average 8.45 assists per set. His average places him fifth in the conference for assists per set and fifth for total assists. On the offensive end, Bratke has also added 38 kills for the blue and white. On the defensive end, Bratke scooped up 143 digs and 23 total blocks. The junior posted 61 points throughout the 2017 campaign and will look to add more during the CVC tournament this weekend.
The three will guide the Saints into their third-straight CVC tournament appearance this weekend, opening with fourth-seeded Eastern Mennonite University on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., in a semi-final tilt in the Verizon Sports Arena.