Clovis News: Sports

Clovis West grad is NAIA volleyball's best

Cal Baptist's Blair Penner, a 2006 Clovis West High graduate, was named the NAIA men's volleyball Player of the Year.

Penner is the first ever NAIA Player of the Year named by the AVCA. On Monday, he was named to the inaugural AVCA/NAIA All-America team.

As a captain, Penner led the Lancers to their seventh NAIA national invitational title last week, earning all-tournament honors. The junior setter had 1,423 assists this season, 146 digs and 58 blocks and 57 service aces.

"Blair was the difference at nationals for us," Cal Baptist coach Ryan McGuyre said. "He was our one steady guy this year from start to finish."

Penner is second at Cal Baptist in career assists (3,087), first in career aces (152) and fourth in sets played (322). He has the two highest single-season assist totals (1,524 in 2009 and this season) and owns the single-season record for aces with 71 in 2009.