Grand Canyon setter Kaniho wins National Player of the Month

Setter Puna Kaniho sets a ball during the Grow the Game Challenge on Jan. 14 in Nashville. Kaniho was named the National Player of the Month for January.
Photo by Jay Sowers.

Senior setter Puna Kaniho capped off his first month in the Grand Canyon starting lineup with a national award.

Kaniho received almost 1,000 votes in the championship round to win the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month for January. Continue reading “Grand Canyon setter Kaniho wins National Player of the Month”

Grand Canyon adds highly touted recruits from Belgium, Turkey, U.S.

Three players who have competed for their counties’ national teams and multiple all-conference high school players will join Grand Canyon as it transitions to the MPSF.

Grand Canyon coach Matt Werle announced Wednesday that Onur Cukur, Avery Enriques, Hugo Fischer, Ryan Losch, Tanner Petchul Alex Shmelev and Trevor Weary all have committed to play for the Antelopes beginning in 2018. Continue reading “Grand Canyon adds highly touted recruits from Belgium, Turkey, U.S.”

Grand Canyon senior makes Israeli roster for World Championship qualifier

A returning starter for Grand Canyon will spend his off-season competing for his nation in Europe’s biggest continental tournament of the summer.

All-MIVA outside attacker Shalev Saada was one of the 22 players selected to the Israeli roster for the European qualification tournament to the 2018 FIVB World Championship. Continue reading “Grand Canyon senior makes Israeli roster for World Championship qualifier”

Putting the O in blowout: Ohio State dominant in MIVA finals sweep

All-MIVA opposite Miles Johnson finished with both a match-high 11 kills and three aces as No. 2/2 Ohio State swept No. 14 Grand Canyon in the MIVA Tournament finals on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. This is the fourth MIVA championship for the Buckeyes this decade.
OSU Athletics/Walt Middleton

The defending NCAA champions used its conference tournament finals to deliver a resounding statement to rest of the nation.

No. 2/2 Ohio State days after surviving a five-game upset scare in the semifinals rebounded to sweep Grand Canyon 25-16, 25-22, 25-11 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio and clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading “Putting the O in blowout: Ohio State dominant in MIVA finals sweep”