2006 D I-II All America Team

5/3/2006

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AVCA Announces 2006 NCAA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America TeamsSM

COLORARO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 3, 2006) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 16th annual AVCA All-America awards for men's volleyball. The awards presentation will occur at the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet at the Mt. Nittany Club on the campus of Penn State University in University Park, Pa., on Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

University of Hawai'i and UC Irvine had four players earn AVCA Division I-II All-AmericaSM status with two players each on the first team and second team. Hawai'i junior setter Brian Beckwith and junior outside hitter Lauri Hakala were tabbed to the 10-member first team. UC Irvine junior outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky and freshman libero Brent Asuka were selected first team.

Long Beach State University and Loyola University Chicago each placed two members on the AVCA Division I-II All-America First TeamSM. Long Beach State senior setter Tyler Hildebrand was named to the first team for the third time, while senior outside hitter Robert Tarr was tabbed to the first team for the second year in a row for the 49ers. Loyola University Chicago senior right side/opposite hitter Chris Kozlarek and junior middle blocker James Grunst earned first-team honors for the Ramblers.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Sean Byron (Rutgers-Newark); Jeff Campbell (Cal State Northridge); Fred Chao (George Mason); Shane Davis (Loyola-Chicago); Pete Hanson (Ohio State); Mark Pavlik (Penn State); John Speraw (UC Irvine); Joel Walton (Ball State) and Joe Wortmann (Pacific).

Click here to view the AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America picture pages.

2006 AVCA Division I-II First-Team All-AmericaSM

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Brent Asuka UC Irvine Lib Fr. 5-11 Aiea, Hawai'i
Brian Beckwith University of Hawai'i S Jr. 6-6 Pacific Palisades, California
James Grunst Loyola University Chicago MB Jr. 6-8 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lauri Hakala University of Hawai'i OH Jr. 6-2 Pieksamaki, Finland
Andy Hein * Pepperdine University MB Sr. 6-10 Carol Stream, Illinois
Tyler Hildebrand *+ Long Beach State University S Sr. 6-4 Mesa, Arizona
Jayson Jablonsky UC Irvine OH Jr. 6-5 Yorba Linda, California
Chris Kozlarek Loyola University Chicago RS/Opp Sr. 6-3 Evergreen Park, Illinois
Shaun Powell George Mason University RS/Opp Sr. 6-3 Toronto, Canada
Robert Tarr * Long Beach State University OH Sr. 6-6 Rockledge, Florida

2006 AVCA Division I-II Second-Team All-AmericaSM

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Duncan Budinger Long Beach State University MB Sr. 6-8 Encinitas, California
Matt Carere University of Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-4 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Russell Holmes Brigham Young University MB So. 6-8 Fountain Valley, California
C.J. Macias IPFW RS/Opp So. 6-4 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Matt Proper @ Penn State RS/Opp Sr. 6-6 Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
Alfred Reft * University of Hawai'i Lib Sr. 5-9 Oxnard, California
Brian Thornton UC Irvine S Jr. 6-3 San Clemente, California
Brian Waite @% Cal State Northridge MB Sr. 6-6 Santa Clarita, California
Matt Webber UC Irvine RS/Opp Jr. 6-7 Brentwood, California
Jonathan Winder @ Pepperdine University S So. 6-8 Irvine, California

AVCA Division I-II National Player of the YearSM: Announced at NCAA Banquet on May 3
AVCA Division I-II Newcomer of the YearSM: Brent Asuka (UC Irvine)

* indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2005
+ indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2004
@ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2005
% indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2004

AVCA Division I-II All-America First-TeamSM

Brent Asuka, a 5-11 freshman libero for UC Irvine, ranks third in NCAA Division I-II in digs with 3.08 per game in leading the Anteaters to the MPSF regular-season title. He recorded at least 10 digs in 19 of 31 matches in his first collegiate season. Asuka, also named All-MPSF First Team, has helped UC Irvine to a .334 team attack percentage.


Brian Beckwith, a 6-6 junior setter for Hawai'i, paced the Warriors to a national-leading .342 team attack percentage with just five losses on the season. He ranks second nationally in assists per game at 13.52. Beckwith also averaged 1.43 digs and 0.89 blocks per game on defense in helping the Warriors to a MPSF second place regular-season finish.


James Grunst, a 6-8 junior middle blocker for Loyola-Chicago, ranks third nationally in attack percentage at .490 on 461 attacks. He averaged 3.69 points, 2.81 kills and 1.30 blocks per game this season. Grunst helped the Ramblers to their second consecutive MIVA regular-season title with 10 matches at or above .600 attack percentage.


Lauri Hakala, a 6-2 junior outside hitter for Hawai'i, averaged 3.97 kills per game for the Warriors with a .371 attack percentage. He added 1.03 blocks and 1.61 digs per game on defense. Hakala, an All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First-Team selection, has double-figure kills in 22 of 28 matches in 2006.


Andy Hein, a 6-10 senior middle blocker for Pepperdine, leads the nation in individual attack percentage at .516 with just 40 errors on 411 attempts. He averages 4.06 points, 2.93 kills, 0.26 aces and 0.50 digs per game. Hein, a two-time AVCA All-America First TeamSM selection, has hit at or above .600 nine times this season.


Tyler Hildebrand, a 6-4 senior setter for Long Beach State, was named AVCA All-America First TeamSM for the third consecutive year. He set the 49ers to a .330 team attack percentage with averages of 13.48 assists, 0.73 kills, 1.27 digs and 0.80 blocks per game. Tyler ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I-II in career assists with 6,651.


Jayson Jablonsky, a 6-4 junior outside hitter for UC Irvine, earned MPSF Player of the Year honors after hitting .356 for the league's regular-season champion. He averaged 4.90 points, 4.17 kills, 1.65 digs, 0.37 aces and 0.65 blocks per game. Jablonsky has reached double-figure kills in 27 of 30 matches this season and 1,000-career kills.


Chris Kozlarek, a 6-3 senior right side/opposite hitter for Loyola-Chicago, was selected as the MIVA Player of the Year after leading the Ramblers to the league's regular season title. He averaged 5.48 points, 4.48 kills, 0.54 aces, 2.24 digs and 0.86 blocks per game. Kozlarek totaled eight double-doubles this season with 23 double-digit kill matches.


Shaun Powell, a 6-3 senior right side/opposite hitter for George Mason, ranked fourth nationally in points per game at 6.04. He averaged 5.22 kills, 1.68 digs, 0.83 blocks and 0.36 aces per game while hitting .346 for the season. Powell, the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year, had 21 matches with at least 15 kills in 2006.


Robert Tarr, a 6-6 senior outside hitter for Long Beach State, returns to the AVCA All-America First TeamSM for the second year in a row. He averaged 5.61 points, 4.85 kills, 0.33 aces, 1.66 digs and 0.80 blocks per game. Tarr reached double-figure kills in 32 of 33 matches in his final collegiate season and accounted for 1,556-career kills.


AVCA Division I-II All-America Second-TeamSM

Duncan Budinger, a 6-8 senior middle blocker for Long Beach State, averaged 4.24 points, 3.53 kills, 0.88 digs and 1.03 blocks per game for the 49ers. He finished his career ranked third all-time at Long Beach State in career hitting percentage at .439. Budinger had 23 double-digit kill matches in 2006 and five matches hitting above .600.


Matt Carere, a 6-4 senior outside hitter for Hawai'i, averaged 4.12 points, 3.52 kills, 1.61 digs and 0.73 blocks per game for the Warriors. He attacked at a .320 percentage during the entire season, including a 3.42 kills per game average against nationally ranked teams. Carere reached double-figure kills in 20 of 27 matches played.


Russell Holmes, a 6-8 sophomore middle blocker for BYU, led the Cougars with a team-high .456 attack percentage. He averaged 3.28 kills, 2.40 kills and 1.49 blocks per game. Holmes tallied at least five blocks in 18 matches this season, including a season-high 12 blocks in a four-game victory over Cal State Northridge.


C.J. Macias, a 6-4 sophomore right side/opposite hitter for IPFW, ranked second nationally in kills per game at 5.42 and third in points per game at 6.17. He tallied 29 matches with at least 10 kills, including four matches in excess of 31 kills. Macias scored a career-high 38 kills versus Ohio State on Feb. 24 as part of a four-match stretch with 131 kills.


Matt Proper, a 6-6 senior right side/opposite hitter for Penn State, averaged a team-leading 4.99 points, 4.19 kills, 1.04 digs, 0.33 aces and 0.79 blocks per game to lead the Nittany Lions. He helped Penn State to its eighth straight and 18th overall EIVA Championship title. Proper, a two-time AVCA All-AmericanSM, had 22 double-digit kill matches.


Alfred Reft, a 5-9 senior libero for Hawai'i, is a two-time AVCA All-AmericanSM. He averaged 3.14 digs per game, second-best in NCAA Division I-II, while helping the Warriors to a .342 team attack percentage. Reft contributed double-digit digs 16 times in his final collegiate season, including a season-high 22 versus UC San Diego.


Brian Thornton, a 6-3 junior setter for UC Irvine, leads the nation in assists with 13.76 per game. He paced the Anteaters to a .334 team attack percentage with a school-record 27 victories and the school's first-ever MPSF title. Thornton added 1.57 digs and 0.65 blocks per game as the Anteaters hit above .400 as a team in nine matches.


Brian Waite, a 6-6 senior middle blocker for Cal State Northridge, attacked at a .434 clip en route to claiming his third AVCA All-American award. He averaged 2.99 kills and 1.08 blocks per game for the Matadors. Waite hit above .600 in eight matches in 2006, including an .857 mark with 12 kills against Pacific.


Matt Webber, a 6-7 junior right side/opposite hitter for UC Irvine, led the Anteaters with 5.36 points and 4.69 kills per game. He helped the Anteaters to a school-record 27 victories and the school's first MPSF title. Webber reached double-figure kills in 27 of 31 matches as UC Irvine faced 21 opponents currently ranked in the top 15.


Jonathan Winder, a 6-8 sophomore setter for Pepperdine, led the Waves to a .320 team attack percentage and spot in the MPSF Tournament semifinals. He averaged 13.30 assists, 1.14 blocks, 1.64 digs and 0.82 kills per game. Winder, a two-time AVCA All-American, set Pepperdine to a .400 or above attack percentage in five matches this season.

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