NEW YORK, N.Y. (4/17/17) – Junior outside hitter Jacob Kauffman of the Kean University men's volleyball program was named the 2017 Skyline Conference Player of the Year. It marks the sixth-straight season that a Cougar has captured the award.
Steve Vahalla won in 2012 and 2013 while Bez Arslani earned the next two editions in 2014 and 2015. Tommy Rosario took last season's trophy.
Kauffman was an All-American last season and currently leads all Skyline Conference players in aces per set. In addition, he leads the Cougars in kills and points by a large margin.
His stat line currently stands at 236 kills with a .285 percentage, 54 aces, 69 digs, 24 blocks and 304 total points.
In Skyline matches, he was even more dominant, with a .464 hitting percentage, 65 kills, 0.78 aces per set, a dig per set and over 4.5 points per set.
Kauffman was First-Team All-Skyline last season and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Kauffman and the rest of the Cougars will host SUNY New Paltz in the Opening Round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship on Saturday, April 22.