Men’s volleyball freshman recognized on national level

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

After having a more than successful freshman season, Ryan Coenen has earned a spot on the Off the Block Freshman All-American Team with some of the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshman players.

Coenen was recognized as the MIVA Co-Freshman of the Year. He was also added to the All-MIVA First Team, comprised of the best players in the conference.

Playing in 27 matches this season and starting in 26, Coenen averaged 3.2 kills per set and maintained a hitting percentage of .288. He was second on the team in kills with 342.

Over 107 sets, he contributed .66 blocks per set and averaged to score 3.82 points per set.

Coenen holds a single match high of 23 kills against Harvard this season, where he posted up 47 attacks. His highest hitting percentage was .500 against Ohio State where he had 22 kills and three errors on 38 attempts.

“Coenen had a tremendous season,” head coach Dan Friend said. “It was fun to see him improve and excel as the season progressed.”

The freshman recorded double-digit kills in 20 out of the 27 matches he played and scored more than 20 kills in four of those competitions.

During the week of March 21, Coenen was named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week after he posted four blocks and five digs against McKendree University. He also tabbed four digs and eight blocks against reigning national champions Ohio State in the same weekend.

“I think he is playing some of his best volleyball at the right time,” said Friend.

Coenen was named an All-American on the Second Team and also received the Newcomer of the Year award in all of DI-II men’s volleyball.

The Flyers ended their volleyball season with a record of 23-7 and earned many accolades.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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