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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 7, 2002

Theocharidis is MPSF's player of week for 3rd time

Advertiser Staff

After leading the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team to a sweep of four road matches last week, junior outside hitter Costas Theocharidis was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

He had 93 kills, 33 digs and six aces in the victories over Stanford and Pacific. At the time, Stanford was ranked No. 2 nationally.

"How do I feel?" he said. "I feel tired from the road trip, that's how I feel. I was up and down. I had some good nights and some bad nights. Our play stepped up the whole road trip. It's a good thing we have depth. Delano (Thomas) and Daniel (Rasay) came in and gave us a lift."

Theocharidis said he usually sends his awards to his mother in Greece. But he said he has a spot saved in his dormitory room for a national championship trophy.

"That's my goal," he said.

UH plays host to unranked UC San Diego tomorrow and Saturday in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Tritons are last in the MPSF, widely considered the best conference in the country.

"People think they're a crappy team, but there are no crappy teams in this division," Theocharidis said. "The first two years of my career they gave us trouble. All of the games were close. They're not going to travel all of the way to Hawai'i to lose. We know everybody plays better here because of the arena and the crowd. We're going to have to be ready for these games."