George Mason setter Negron named 2018 EIVA Player of Year

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Setter Brian Negron has capped off his final college season with a conference regular season title and now a top individual honor.

Negron was named Tuesday the 2018 Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year and became the third player in George Mason’s program history to earn the conference award.

The senior finished the regular season second in the EIVA with a 9.24 assists per game average and guided the Patriots to the second-best attack percentage in the conference at .275. Negron led Georgia Mason to hit more than .300 in nine conference matches as the Patriots won the EIVA regular season championship along with the right to host the EIVA Tournament for the first time since 1994.

Besides winning the top individual player award, George Mason coach Jay Hosack was named the Bob Sweeney EIVA Coach of the Year.

NJIT freshman opposite Alvaro Gimeno also was selected as the EIVA Newcomer of the Year.

George Mason led all schools with six players earning All-EIVA honors, including three first-team selections. Penn State and Harvard each had three players make an all-conference team.

2018 EIVA individual awards

Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year: Brian Negron, George Mason
EIVA Newcomer of the Year: Alvaro Gimeno, NJIT
Bob Sweeney EIVA Coach of the Year: Jay Hosack, George Mason

First-team All-EIVA

Setter: Marko Kostich, Harvard
Setter: Brian Negron, George Mason
Opposite: Alvaro Gimeno, NJIT
Opposite: George Huhmann, Princeton
Opposite: Calvin Mende, Penn State
Opposite: Hayden Wagner, George Mason
Outside attacker: Kyle Barnes, George Mason
Outside attacker: Brad Gretsch, Harvard
Outside attacker: Matthew McLaren, Penn State
Libero: Joshua Ayzenberg, Sacred Heart

First-team All-EIVA

Setter: Matthew Ctvrtlik, Harvard
Opposite: Piotr Namiotko, NJIT
Outside attacker: Stephen Braswell, St. Francis
Outside attacker: Christian Malias, George Mason
Outside attacker: Max Senica, Charleston
Middle attacker: Kevin Gear, Penn State
Middle attacker: Riley Moore, Harvard
Middle attacker: Junior Oboh, Princeton
Middle attacker: Jack Reese, George Mason
Libero: Johnny Gomez, George Mason