2005 All America Team Division I/II

5/4/2005

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AVCA Announces 2005 NCAA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Teams

COLORARO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 4, 2005) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 15th 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 Covel Commons' Grand Horizon Room on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 4, 2005.

Pepperdine University, Long Beach State University and University of Hawai'i each placed two members on the AVCA Division I-II All-America First Team. Pepperdine's Sean Rooney earned his fourth AVCA All-America award, while teammates Andy Hein and Jonathan Winder joined him on the first- and second-team. LBSU's Tyler Hildebrand gained his second AVCA All-America First-Team award, while teammate Robert Tarr joined him on the first-team. Hawaii's Pedro Azenha picked up a second AVCA All-American award, while teammate Alfred Reft was tabbed to the first team with Azenha.

Penn State garnered three AVCA All-Americans as Nate Meerstein was tabbed first team, while two-time AVCA All-American Keith Kowal and Matt Proper earned second-team honors. UC Santa Barbara's Evan Patak moved up from second team to first team this year, while Cal State Northridge's Brian Waite was selected to the second team for the second straight year.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Joe Wortmann (Pacific); 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); and Joel Walton (Ball State).

2005 AVCA Division I-II First-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Pedro Azenha @ University of Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-6 Sao Paulo Brazil
Kevin Hansen Stanford University S Sr. 6-5 Newport Beach California
Andy Hein Pepperdine University MB Jr. 6-10 Carol Stream Illinois
Tyler Hildebrand * Long Beach State S Jr. 6-4 Mesa Arizona
Paul Johnson UCLA MB Sr. 6-8 Mission Viejo California
Nate Meerstein Penn State University MB Jr. 6-9 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Evan Patak @ UC Santa Barbara RS/Opp So. 6-8 Pleasanton California
Alfred Reft University of Hawai'i Lib Jr. 5-10 Oxnard California
Sean Rooney *+^ Pepperdine University OH Sr. 6-9 Wheaton Illinois
Robert Tarr Long Beach State OH Jr. 6-6 Rockledge Florida


2005 AVCA Division I-II Second-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Michael Burke Brigham Young University MB Sr. 6-8 Salt Lake City Utah
Mark Greaves The Ohio State University OH Jr. 6-4 Fenton Missouri
Scott Greene Loyola University Chicago OH Sr. 6-5 Athol Springs New York
Keith Kowal *% Penn State University MB Sr. 6-7 Reading Pennsylvania
Krystian Krzyzak Loyola University Chicago Lib Sr. 6-0 Mt. Prospect Illinois
Nils Nielsen Cal State Northridge RS/Opp Sr. 6-4 Fallbrook California
Ivan Perez Brigham Young University OH Fr. 6-4 Mayaguez Puerto Rico
Matt Proper Penn State University RS/Opp Jr. 6-7 Guys Mills Pennsylvania
Brian Waite @ Cal State Northridge MB Jr. 6-6 Santa Clarita California
Jonathan Winder Pepperdine University S Fr. 6-8 Irvine California

AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Year: Announced at NCAA Banquet on May 4
AVCA Division I-II Newcomer of the Year: Jonathan Winder (Pepperdine University)

* indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2004
+ indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2003
@ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2004
% indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2003
^ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2002

AVCA Division I-II All-America First-Team

Pedro Azenha, a 6-6 senior outside hitter for Hawai'i, finished among the top 10 nationally in scoring as he averaged 5.53 points per game on 4.50 kills, 0.51 aces and 0.90 blocks per game. He ranked third in NCAA Division I-II in aces per game. Azenha, a two-time AVCA All-American, charted double-figure kills in 27 of 28 matches in 2005.

Kevin Hansen, a 6-5 senior setter for Stanford, finished his career with 5,036 assists and is a four-time All-MPSF selection. He averaged 12.70 assists, 1.91 digs, 0.53 blocks and 0.23 aces per game. Hansen set a balanced Stanford offense to a .263 team attack percentage for the season as the Cardinal had four players average three or more kills per game.

Andy Hein, a 6-10 junior middle blocker for Pepperdine, leads the nation in attack percentage with a .533 mark and is second nationally in block average with 1.60 per game. He is on pace to set the school single-season attack percentage mark and has seven matches with at least a .700 hitting percentage. Hein hit .909 on 11 swings in the Waves' MPSF championship victory.

Tyler Hildebrand, a 6-4 junior setter for Long Beach State, leads the nation in assist average with 14.03 per game while leading the 49ers to a .338 team attack percentage. He helped Long Beach State reach the MPSF Tournament final as the 49ers won 13 of their last 16 matches. Hildebrand, a two-time AVCA All-American, also averaged 0.68 blocks, 1.26 digs and 0.63 kills per game.

Paul Johnson, a 6-8 senior middle blocker for UCLA, ranks fourth in NCAA Division I-II for individual attack percentage in 2005. He hits at a .497 clip while averaging 4.69 points, 3.55 kills, 1.34 blocks and 0.39 aces per game. Johnson, the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week once in 2005, led the Bruins to a second-place regular-season finish in the MPSF.

Nate Meerstein, a 6-9 junior middle blocker for Penn State, ranks second nationally in attack percentage with .521 mark and is 10th in block average with 1.41 per game. He averages 3.81 points per game overall, including 2.97 kills per game. Meerstein ranks fifth on Penn State's career blocking list and has compiled at least five blocks in 18 matches this season including 10 in the EIVA Final.

Evan Patak, a 6-8 sophomore right side/opposite hitter for UC Santa Barbara, leads all NCAA Division I-II players in scoring and kill average with 6.39 points and 5.53 kills per game. He set a NCAA Division I-II rally-scoring era record with 48 kills in a five-game match versus Stanford on Jan. 29, 2005. Patak, a two-time AVCA All-American, set the Gaucho school rally-scoring era record for aces in a single season in 2005.

Alfred Reft, a 5-10 junior libero for Hawai'i, helped the Warriors to a .305 team attack percentage and 19-9 record with his back-row passing. He collected 272 digs in 2005 for an average of 2.67 per game. Reft collected double-digit dig matches 14 times in 2005, including a career-high 22 versus Pepperdine on March 2.

Sean Rooney, a 6-9 senior outside hitter for Pepperdine, ranks second nationally in points per game with 6.35 while hitting .395. He has extended his consecutive double-digit kill match streak to 50 matches, while averaging 1.46 digs and 0.49 aces per game. Rooney, a four-time AVCA All-American, has totaled 20 or more kills in 14 matches, including two 30-plus kill contests in 2005.

Robert Tarr, a 6-6 junior outside hitter for Long Beach State, averaged 4.87 kills per game while hitting .342 on the season. He tallied two 30-plus kill matches in three-game matches, including a season-high 36 kills versus Stanford on Feb. 26. Tarr also contributed 0.66 blocks, 1.25 digs and 0.19 aces per game as the 49ers reached the MPSF Tournament championship match.


AVCA Division I-II All-America Second-Team

Michael Burke, a 6-8 senior middle blocker for BYU, averaged 3.46 points in 2005 with 2.52 kills and 1.35 blocks per game. He attacked at a .460 percentage for the season, including a stretch of seven matches with at least a .500 hitting percentage. Burke, a four-time All-MPSF selection, also was named to the 2005 National Strength and Conditioning Association All-America Team.

Mark Greaves, a 6-4 junior outside hitter for Ohio State, has helped the Buckeyes into this weekend's NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. He averages a team-best 4.89 points per game this season, including 4.34 kills, 0.62 blocks and 0.22 aces per game. Greaves adds 1.44 digs per game and attacks at a .328 percentage with 22 double-digit kill matches.

Scott Greene, a 6-5 senior outside hitter for Loyola-Chicago, was named the MIVA most valuable player. He averages 4.63 points, 3.89 kills, 0.41 aces, 1.88 digs and 0.62 blocks per game in providing the Ramblers senior leadership in many categories. Greene helped Loyola-Chicago to a 5-1 record against current nationally ranked teams and the MIVA regular-season title.

Keith Kowal, a 6-7 senior middle blocker for Penn State, leads the nation in block average with 1.73 per game while hitting .476 on the season. He is the Nittany Lions' all-time leader in blocks with 523 and has 19 matches with five or more blocks this season. Kowal, a three-time AVCA All-American, also averages 2.51 kills per game in leading Penn State to the NCAA Tournament.

Krystian Krzyzak, a 6-0 senior libero for Loyola-Chicago, helped the Ramblers to a .351 team attack percentage on offense while limiting opponents to a .205 attack percentage. He averaged 2.67 digs per game, which ranks third in the nation. Krzyzak recorded 10 or more digs in 14 matches this season, including a season-high 18 digs in a five-game victory over California Baptist on Feb. 4.

Nils Nielsen, a 6-4 senior right side/opposite hitter for Cal State Northridge, helped the Matadors reach the MPSF Tournament semifinals. He averaged a team-leading 3.99 kills per game while adding 1.52 digs per game. Nielsen charted double-figure kills in 22 of 32 matches, including back-to-back 28-plus kill matches in the MPSF playoffs this year.

Ivan Perez, a 6-4 freshman outside hitter for BYU, averaged 3.78 kills, 1.49 digs and 0.74 blocks per game in his first collegiate season. He broke the school single-season freshman kill record with 382 in 2005. Perez, who hit .331 for the season, was named an All-MPSF Second-Team choice as he ranked seventh in the MPSF for kills per game.

Matt Proper, a 6-7 junior right side/opposite hitter for Penn State, earned the EIVA Player of the Year after averaging 5.06 points, 4.05 kills, 0.29 aces, 1.09 digs and 1.30 blocks per game. He reached double-figure kills in 27 matches this season, including a career-high 26 in the EIVA Championship. Proper, with a .335 attack percentage, has 16 matches with at least 15 kills in 2005.

Brian Waite, a 6-6 junior middle blocker for Cal State Northridge, is a two-time AVCA All-American that averaged 2.85 kills, 1.23 blocks and 0.24 aces per game in 2005. He helped the Matadors overcome a 3-5 start to finish 19-14 and berth in the MPSF Tournament semifinals. Waite racked up five or more blocks in a match 14 times this season.

Jonathan Winder, a 6-8 freshman setter for Pepperdine, has sparked the Waves to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first collegiate season. He averages 13.56 assists, 1.05 blocks, 1.16 digs and 0.56 kills per game while setting Pepperdine to a .360 team attack percentage. Winder is the first true freshman since 2002 to earn Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.

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