Cala Sweeps Weekly Awards

Yosleyder Cala earned his second AVCA National Player of the Week award for his performance against Cal-State Northridge. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LEXINGTON -- Yosleyder Cala, a 6-8 outside hitter for No. 2 BYU, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week and the Molten/MPSF Player of the Week.

Cala becomes the first BYU player this season to sweep both the National and MPSF Player of the Week awards.

He earned the awards for his solid play in helping BYU defeat then-No. 7 Cal State Northridge in an MPSF Tournament quarterfinal match last weekend. Cala tallied 16 kills in 28 attempts with only three errors for a .464 hitting percentage, while playing in just over two games of the Cougars' sweep of the Matadors.

"Cala played a well-rounded match for us," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "He passed exceptionally well and is improving his block as the season progresses."

He added one ace, two digs and three total blocks in the match, and averaged 6.16 points per game. His .464 hitting percentage also put him back over .400 for the season.

This is the second time this season that Cala has earned a weekly award, and the sixth time this season that a BYU player has been honored. Russell Holmes, Robby Stowell, Trent Sorensen and Yamil Perez have also received weekly Player of the Week awards. It is the 17th time overall that a player from BYU has been named Sports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week.

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