IRVINE, Calif. – Senior Michael Saeta quarterbacked the offense to a .400 team hitting percentage over three sweeps on the road and earned Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week.
Saeta helped UCI to an upset victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State by hitting .833 (5-0-6) against the Buckeyes. The setter recorded 27 set assists, two aces and a season-high eight digs as the Anteaters ended OSU's 42-match winning streak.
Against Ball State, the senior added three kills, three aces and six digs, while setting UCI to a .478 (47-3-92) team hitting percentage. The three errors were a season-low for the Anteaters and the .478 mark was the second best hitting performance of the year.
The lefty recorded seven aces on the week to bring his season total to 50, which moved him in to a tie for third in the UCI single season records.
For the week, the senior hit .750 with just one hitting error and averaged 10.67 set assists, 1.78 digs, 0.78 aces and 1.44 kills.
This is the first national honor for Saeta and the 29th Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week accolade in program history, with the most recent coming from Tamir Hershko earlier this year on February 28.
The Anteaters have won the last four matches and seven of the last eight and moved up to No. 5 in the country this week.
UCI is idle for the next two weeks for final exams, returning to action Mar. 25 at Pepperdine.