Lexington, Ky. - April 10, 2018 - Springfield College's Mike Neary (Ventura, Calif.) has been recognized for his impressive play last week as the junior setter was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Neary, an Environmental Science major at Springfield College, had an impressive week as he led the Pride to victories over the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Ramapo and MIT. In a three-set sweep of MSOE, Neary dished out 30 assists as he directed a Springfield College offense that hit .373 in the victory. On Saturday, Neary helped lead the Pride to a 3-0 victory over Ramapo as he registered 30 more assists and four service aces, before notching a career-high 52 assists in a four-set win over MIT. Against the Engineers, in which the Pride hit a blistering .527, Neary also had two service aces and a pair of blocks.
This is the 28th time in program history a Springfield College men's volleyball student-athlete has won the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week, as Neary is the first selected since February 28, 2017 when Luis Vega was recognized. The 28 recognitions are the most by any men's volleyball program at the NCAA Division III level, and Neary is the first member of the Pride not named Luis Vega to win the honor since Greg Falcone on February 26, 2013, as Vega took home a total of five honors from 2014-2017.
Neary and the Pride will close out the 2018 regular season on Wednesday, April 11 as it will head to NJIT for a 6 p.m. match.