First Potsdam Men's VBall Team Shares MVP Award
POTSDAM, N.Y.-After its first ever season was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, head coach Josh Stokes has awarded the men's volleyball team MVP and Coaches Award to his entire roster. The Bears were 4-13 (1-3 North Eastern Athletic Conference) during the 2020 season, which was cut short with 10 matches remaining. Season highlights included winning the program's first ever match (vs. Northern Vermont-Johnson on Jan. 24), winning the program's first ever conference match (vs. Wilson on Feb. 8) and winning the program's first ever home match (vs. Northern Vermont-Johnson on March 4). Potsdam accomplished quite a bit in its first season with a roster that contained only one player with previous collegiate volleyball experience and three Bears soccer players. Freshman outside hitter Zaire Rogers (Cheektowaga, N.Y./Cheektowaga) was named the NEAC's Defensive Player of the Year, Co-Rookie of the Year and claimed a spot on the all-conference second team. Rogers led the league in digs-per-set with 2.51 and was second in digs with 133. He was also in the conference's top-10 in nearly every other major statistical category. He was eighth in kills-per-set (2.34) and 10th in kills (124). Rogers finished sixth in service aces (22) and he was tied for 10th in assists (38). Junior middle hitter Brendan Wall (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) and senior outside hitter Saluhu Malam (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) contributed 60 and 48 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Alec Roy (North Tonawanda, N.Y./North Tonawanda) had 234 assists, 20 service aces 73 digs and 13 blocks. Wall also had 87 digs, while freshman libero Kiernan Morgan (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream North) added 75 digs. Malam also posted 31 digs and led the team in blocks with 16.
The Bears open 2021 at Vassar on Jan. 23.