Loyola Chicago junior Thomas Jaeschke named AVCA Player of the Year
CHICAGO -- Loyola Chicago junior Thomas Jaeschke has been named American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday night. Jaeschke is the first Rambler to win the award and is just the third recipient from outside of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).
The award caps off an incredible year for Jaeschke, as he was named MIVA (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) Player of the Year, AVCA First-Team All-America, and Off The Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.
Jaeschke ended the regular season ranked in the top-five in the nation in two categories, racking up 4.20 kills per set and 0.57 service aces per set.
He fired double-digit kills in 20 of his 23 appearances during the regular season, including a season-high 21 at Penn State, while recording double-doubles on six occasions. The junior has stepped up against some of the nation's top teams, as four of his double-doubles have come against NCAA semifinals teams Penn State and Lewis.
Jaeschke was consistent all season, hitting above a .400 clip in 15 contests, including seven matches with a hitting percentage above .500.