Jan. 23, 2002
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Jonathan Acosta added two more honors to his resume this week when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and UCLA Athletics named him their Player of the Week. In addition, Sports Illustrated is planning to feature him in Faces in the Crowd.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, Acosta, 20, was named the Outrigger Hotels Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading the Bruins to their fifth straight and sixth overall title in the eight-year history of the tournament. In three matches last week, the 6-4 native of San Juan, PR, pounded 49 kills and hit for a percentage of .418. He also added 17 digs, seven block assists and an ace.
On Monday, Jan. 21, he was named the first AVCA National Player of the Week for 2002.
On Tuesday, he was named the uclabruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week and on Wednesday, he received the MPSF honor. Finally, Sports Illustrated called to announce that he will appear in its Faces in the Crowd feature in an upcoming issue.
"Last year I went to the tournament (Outrigger) and couldn't play because of an injury," Acosta said. "I was motivated this year to play well and help our team win again."
He sat out most of the 2001 collegiate season rehabilitating a pulled abdominal muscle. In June, he received a medical redshirt, despite starting one match last yea.
Acosta joins senior basketball player Matt Barnes (Jan. 14) as the only other UCLA student-athlete to sweep national, conference and university player of the week honors in 2002.