BYU's Yamil Perez has been named Molten/MPSF Player of the Week for his performance last weekend against UC Santa Barbara. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Redshirt freshman setter Yamil Perez became the fourth BYU player to win a weekly award as he was named the Molten/MPSF Player of the Week for his performance last week against No. 4 UC Santa Barbara.
Perez is the second straight Cougar to win the MPSF award. Last week Robby Stowell won the same award while Yosleyder Cala won the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week. Russell Holmes has also won a weekly award when he was named the AVCA National Player of the week.
Perez is only the second setter to be honored with the award this season.
Perez has been on fire setting the Cougars to six straight victories. Of the six wins, four have been three-set sweeps. Impressively, behind Perez's setting BYU picked up a pair of crucial wins on the road at fourth-place UC Santa Barbara.
In Friday's match, Perez set BYU to a team .395 hitting performance while tallying 47 assists in three sets. Perez added a service ace. He was all over the place defensively as well, tallying a team-high seven digs while tying for second on the team with three blocks. Perez also added two kills on three attempts and no errors for BYU's attack.
Saturday, Perez led the Cougars to a team .495 hitting percentage including a team .714 (21-1-28) hitting percentage in the match-clinching third set. Perez totaled 53 assists, which is nearly 18 per game. He also added another service ace and two digs while totaling six blocks. Of BYU's starting five attackers, four swung .500 or better. All five hitters hit over .300.
Perez entered the week leading the MPSF in assists and ranking third nationally. He will improve on his assist average as he finished the week with 16.67 assists per game. Overall on the week, the Cougars hit at a .446 clip.
"Yamil had his best match of the season," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said after Saturday evening's match. "All of his sets were right on the money. He has steadily improved throughout the season."
In the previous week against USC, Perez set BYU to a .571 hitting percentage in the Cougars Saturday match. The .571 was second all-time in rally scoring history.