2012 AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Teams

4/26/2012

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2012 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION I-II ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 22nd Annual AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Teams. The awards will be presented at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of the University of Southern California on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

The University of Southern California leads the way with four players lauded as AVCA Division I-II Men's All-Americans, placing one on the First-Team and three on the Second-Team. UCLA is right behind them with three overall and UC Irvine, Stanford, Lewis and Brigham Young each have two All-American recipients.

 

Highlighting this year's class with four All-America selections is UCI right-side Carson Clark and Stanford libero Erik Shoji. Shoji is the only player in this year's class to be selected to the First-Team four consecutive years. USC outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, Stanford outside hitter Brad Lawson and BYU middle blocker Futi Tavana each are three-time recipients with BYU outside hitter Taylor Sander, OSU right side Shawn Sangrey and Penn State outside hitter Joe Sunder each winning it once before. In all, 12 of this year's recipients are first-time award winners.


The 2012 selections were made by the AVCA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Mike Rumbaugh (Saint Francis); Fred Chao (George Mason); Bill Ferguson (USC); Rick McLaughlin (UCSB); John Kosty (Stanford); Shane Davis (Loyola); Dan Friend (Lewis); Joel Walton (Ball State).

 

AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Thomas Amberg

UCLA

MB

Sr.

6-7

El Cajon, California

Kyle Caldwell

UCLA

S

Sr.

6-9

Newport Beach, California

Tony Ciarelli+!

University of Southern California

OH

Sr.

6-6

Huntington Beach, California

Carson Clark+^!

University of California, Irvine

RS/Opp.

Sr.

6-5

Santa Barbara, California

Brad Lawson*^

Stanford University

OH

Sr.

6-7

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Taylor Sander+

Brigham Young University

OH

So.

6-4

Huntington Beach, California

Shawn Sangrey%

The Ohio State University

RS/Opp.

Sr.

6-6

Columbia, Pennsylvania

Erik Shoji*^$

Stanford University

L/DS

Sr.

6-0

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Futi Tavana*%

Brigham Young University

MB

Sr.

6-8

Saipipi, Samoa

Kevin Tillie

University of California, Irvine

OH

Jr.

6-6

Cagnus-sur Mer, France

 

AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Evan Barry

Stanford University

S

Sr.

6-3

San Diego, California

BJ Boldog

Lewis University

S

So.

6-4

Palatine, Illinois

Henry Cassiday

University of Southern California

L/DS

So.

6-3

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Micah Christenson

University of Southern California

S

Fr.

6-5

Honolul, Hawai'i

Weston Dunlap

UCLA

MB

Sr.

6-8

Newport Beach, California

Jay Petty

Lewis University

OH

Jr.

6-6

Downers Grove, Illinois

Steven Shandrick

University of Southern California

MB

Sr.

6-7

Lake Forest, California

Joseph Smalzer

Loyola University-Chicago

RS/Opp.

So.

6-8

Palos Heights, Illinois

Joe Sunder*

Penn State University

OH

Sr.

6-7

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Maurice Torres

Pepperdine University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-7

Riverside, California

AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year: Announced at NCAA Championship Banquet on May 2

AVCA Division I-II Men's Newcomer of the Year: Micah Christenson, USC, Fr.

* - 2011 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2011 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 2010 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
% -2010 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection
$ - 2009 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-American selection

! - 2009 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection

 

 

AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America

 

Thomas Amberg, a 6-7 middle blocker for UCLA, is a senior from El Cajon, Calif. An All-MPSF First-Team selection, Amberg showed he was a dynamic force to multiple facets of the game. He is ranked nationally with 1.41 blocks per set and in the top-5 in the MPSF, but in a loaded conference he still finished atop the leader boards in hitting percentage attacking at an astounding .486 clip. This is Amberg's first AVCA All-American appearance.

 

Kyle Caldwell, a 6-9 setter for UCLA, is a senior from Newport Beach, Calif. He enjoyed his finest season as a Bruin averaging 10.14 assists per set, which is good for 14th in the nation. Caldwell used his 1,023 assists to lead the Bruins to an MPSF fourth-best .321 hitting percentage. The California native also contributed 131 kills, hit .440 and added another 22 service aces. He is now a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Tony Ciarelli, a 6-6 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Huntington Beach, Calif. The MPSF Player of the Year took charge of a Trojan team to a No. 1 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll and the top seed in the MPSF Tournament after a supposed "rebuilding" year. He leads the nation in service aces with 58 (0.65) while also ranking in the top-5 nationally in kills per set (4.03). Ciarelli is now a three-time AVCA All-American.

 

Carson Clark, a 6-7 right-side/opposite for the University of California, Irvine, is a senior from Santa Barbara, Calif. Clark became the first player in MPSF history to be named to the All-Conference First-Team all four years. He is just two spots behind Ciarelli in the nation in aces and at or near the top-10 in hitting percentage and kills per set. This is also his fourth consecutive year garnering All-American honors, and his second on the First-Team.

 

Brad Lawson, a 6-7 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a senior from Honolulu Hawai'i. Lawson has had a record-breaking year leading the Cardinal to the MPSF semifinal. Playing in his final home match, Lawson broke the Stanford rally-scoring era record for career kills to give him a total of 1,788. Since that wasn't enough, the Hawai'i native went on to break the program's career service aces record with a current mark of 126. His 4.07 kills per set is good for third in the conference and fourth nationally. Lawson earns AVCA First-Team All-American honors for the third consecutive year.

 

Taylor Sander, a 6-4 outside hitter for Brigham Young University, is a sophomore from Huntington Beach, Calif. Sander once again proved to be one of the top offensive players in the country placing him second nationally with a .400 attack percentage and 4.80 kills per set. The All-MPSF First-Teamer also led the conference with 5.71 points per set. In just his second year, Sander already has two AVCA All-America First-Team appearances.

 

Shawn Sangrey, a 6-6 right side/opposite for The Ohio State University, is a senior from Columbia, Penn. The lone non-MPSF First-Team All-American was named the 2012 MIVA Player of the Year after guiding OSU to a 9-3 conference record and a share of its sixth consecutive regular season MIVA championship. The lefty is the only player in the country to surpass the 500 kill plateau, and not surprisingly leads the nation in kills per set with 4.97. This marks his second All-American appearance, but first on the First-Team.

 

Erik Shoji, a 6-0 libero for Stanford University, is a senior from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Over the course of his four years at Stanford, Shoji has established himself as one of the great liberos in recent memory. His 2.66 digs per set rank him third in the country and first in the MPSF. His 1,375 career digs are believed to be the most in NCAA history, though official records have only been kept since 2009. Shoji is now an unprecedented four-time AVCA First-Team All-American.

 

Futi Tavana, a 6-8 middle blocker for Brigham Young University, is a senior from Saipipi, Samoa. Tavana is the career blocks leader in BYU's rally scoring era, and his 1.60 blocks per set places him second in the country and in the MPSF. The Samoa native is a three-time AVCA All-American.

 

Kevin Tillie, a 6-6 outside hitter for the University of California, Irvine, is a junior from Cagnurs-sur Mer, France. The two-time Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week ranks third in the country in hitting percentage with a .393 mark. In addition to receiving First-Team All-MPSF honors, Tille also becomes an AVCA All-American for the first time.



AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America

Evan Barry, a 6-3 setter for Stanford University, is a senior from San Diego, Calif. Barry helped lead the Cardinal to a nation-best assists per set rating, averaging 12.04 APS this season. His APS rating is the highest in the country. Barry was recognized as the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of February 13-19. This is the first time that Barry has been recognized as an AVCA All-American.

 

BJ Boldog, a 6-4 setter for Lewis University, is a redshirt sophomore from Palatine, Ill. A 2011 All-MIVA Second Team selection, Boldog picked up right where he left off, and was named as Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the week of April 17 after helping his team sweep Grand Canyon, clinching a portion of the regular season MIVA Championship. He led the conference in assists per set, averaging 11.36, and ranks eighth nationally in the category. This is his first selection as an AVCA All-American.

 

Henry Cassiday, a 6-3 libero for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from Honolulu, Hawai'i. In his second season as the USC starting libero, Cassiday was recognized as a member of the All-MPSF Honorable Mention squad. Cassiday currently ranks 16th in the nation in digs, averaging 2.36 per set. His 2012 campaign built upon a solid outing in his first season, a year which saw him recognized, among other awards, as a member of the MPSF All-Freshman team. This is his first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Micah Christenson, a 6-5 setter for the University of Southern California, is a freshman from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Recognized as one of the top athletes to emerge from Honolulu in the 2011-2012 class, Christensen wasted no time, quickly establishing himself as a starter after being named to the Volleyball Magazine High School All-American First-Team in 2011. Christenson made an immediate impact for the Trojans, ranking sixth in the country in assists per set, with an average of 10.89. This is his first AVCA All-American award.

 

Weston Dunlap, a 6-8 middle blocker for UCLA, is a redshirt senior from Newport Beach, Calif. After leading the nation in hitting percentage during the 2011 season, Dunlap didn't miss a beat, holding down the top spot again in 2012 with a hitting percentage of .461. He recorded 100 total blocks during the regular season to give him an average of 0.99 per set, and served 10 aces to give him 308 points, third best on the team. His outstanding play garnered him a spot on the All-MPSF First-Team. This is Dunlap's first AVCA All-American award.

 

Jay Petty, a 6-6 outside hitter for Lewis University, is a redshirt junior from Downers Grove, Ill. After being named as a member of the All-MIVA First-Team last season, Petty is once again hovering near the top of several categories in the national rankings. He is averaging almost four kills per set (3.89), good enough for eighth nationally, and is 16th in hitting percentage and 14th in aces per set. Petty once again finds himself on the All-MIVA First-Team after claiming MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on three separate occasions. He set a single-match program record against Quincy on April 3 with seven aces. This is his first AVCA All-American award.

Steven Shandrick, a 6-7 middle blocker for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Lake Forest, Calif. Shandrick entered his final season as a Trojan after posting impressive stats through his first few seasons, hitting .466 with 271 kills, 190 blocks, 50 digs and 19 aces. In 2012, Shandrick led his team not only with stellar on-court play, but by serving as the team's Co-Captain. He was named to the All-MPSF Second Team and his current career hitting percentage of .454 is a USC rally scoring era record. This is the first time Shandrick has been recognized as an AVCA All-American.

 

Joseph Smalzer, a 6-8 opposite hitter for Loyola University-Chicago, is a redshirt sophomore from Palos Heights, Ill. After a quality 2011 season that placed Smalzer on the All-MIVA First-Team, he earned the same honor again in 2012. From behind the service line, Smalzer led the conference and ranked among the nation's best with 47 aces on the season for a 0.52 average. He also finished third in the conference with 4.35 points per set and seventh with 3.52 kills per set. The opposite hitter also leads the team with 320 kills, including 26 in a career performance against Lewis on March 27. This is his first time as an AVCA All-American.

Joe Sunder, a 6-7 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a senior from Greensburg, Penn. Sunder's outstanding play this season earned him recognition as the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and he was also selected to the All-EIVA First-Team, the fourth All-EIVA award of his career. Sunder leads the Nittany Lions this season in kills (297) and kills per set (3.49), and is second on the team in aces (27) and digs (153). He ranks fifth in Penn State's career records in both kills with 1,442 and aces with 105. In 2011, Sunder was named to the AVCA All-America First Team.

Maurice Torres, a 6-7 opposite hitter for Pepperdine University, is a junior from Riverside, Calif. Torres leads the team and ranks fourth amongst all MPSF players with 4.03 kills/set. He made his mark on the Pepperdine record book by becoming the 17th member of the 1,000 kills club, having reached the milestone in a match at BYU on March 2. He currently ranks 10th all-time in program history with 1,206 career kills. His 2012 season tally of 439 kills ranks ninth in the Waves' single season (rally scoring only) annuls. This is the second time Torres has been honored by the MPSF, having been named to the All-Freshman Team in 2010. This is his first AVCA All-American award.

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