2003 Men's All America Team
AVCA Announces NCAA Men's Volleyball 2003 All-America Teams
COLORARO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2003) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 13th annual AVCA All-America awards for men's volleyball. The awards presentation will occur at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet at Khoury's Restaurant in Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
The 2003 AVCA All-America Teams have four players returning to the squads for at least their second season. The first-team is led by University of Hawai'i senior outside hitter Costas Theocharidis, who was selected the AVCA National Player of the Year for 2003 and is a four-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection. Pepperdine University senior middle blocker Brad Keenan, the 2002 AVCA National Player of the Year, was named to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the second consecutive year. Pepperdine's Sean Rooney moved up from second team in 2002 to the AVCA All-America First-Team in 2003. Lewis University junior libero Ryan Stuntz repeats as an AVCA All-American.
Theocharidis and Keenan join a list of six men's volleyball players to achieve AVCA All-America status all four years. Further, Theocharidis is the only men's collegiate player to be named AVCA All-America First-Team four times. Other four time AVCA All-Americans are Ivan Contreras (Penn State, 1994-97), Matt Fuerbringer (Stanford, 1994-97), Adam Naeve (UCLA, 1997-99, 2001) and Brandon Taliafero (UCLA, 1997-2000).
The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Sean Byron (Rutgers-Newark); Jeff Campbell (Cal State-Northridge); Dave Deuser (Lewis); Tim Koth (Quincy); Ron Larsen (UC San Diego); Ivan Marquez (Concordia-N.Y.); Joel Walton (Ball State); and Joe Wortmann (Pacific).
AVCA First-Team All-America
|Tony Ching||University of Hawai'i||OH||Sr.||6-2||Honolulu Hawai'i|
|Doug English||Cal State Northridge||Lib||Jr.||6-2||Montrose Calif.|
|Brad Keenan #^@||Pepperdine University||MB||Sr.||6-8||Westminster Calif.|
|Gustavo Meyer||Lewis University||OH||So.||6-4||Mexico City Mexico|
|Joe Nargi||Cal State Northridge||RS/Opp||Sr.||6-7||Reseda Calif.|
|Jimmy Pelzel||University of California Irvine||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-5||Lake Forest Calif.|
|Sean Rooney %||Pepperdine University||OH||So||6-9||Wheaton Ill.|
|Chris Tamas||University of the Pacific||S||Sr.||6-5||Santa Barbara Calif.|
|Costas Theocharidis #&*||University of Hawai'i||OH||Sr.||6-3||Orestiada Greece|
|Delano Thomas||University of Hawai'i||MB||So.||6-7||Sacramento Calif.|
|Jonathan Alleman||Brigham Young University||RS/Opp||Jr.||6-3||Yorba Linda Calif.|
|Shane Davis||Loyola University Chicago||S||Sr.||6-4||Denver Iowa|
|Carlos Guerra||Penn State University||OH||Sr.||6-5||Tamaulipus Mexico|
|Keith Kowal||Penn State University||MB||Jr.||6-5||Reading Pa.|
|Jose Martins||Lewis University||S||Jr.||6-4||Campinas Brazil|
|Carlos Moreno||Brigham Young University||S||So.||6-4||Sao Paulo Brazil|
|Jeff Ptak||IPFW||OH||Sr.||6-5||Hamburg N.Y.|
|Justin Schnor||Loyola University Chicago||OH||Sr.||6-4||Racine Wis.|
|Ryan Stuntz #||Lewis University||Lib||Jr.||5-10||Redondo Beach Calif.|
|Fred Winters||Pepperdine University||OH||Jr.||6-5||North Vancouver B.C.|
AVCA Player of the Year: Costas Theocharidis, University of Hawai'i
AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Tyler Hildebrand, Long Beach State (Fr., S, 6-4, Mesa, Ariz.)
# indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2002
% indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2002
& indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2001
^ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2001
* indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2000
@ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2000
For a picture page of the AVCA All-Americans, click here.
AVCA All-America First-Team
Tony Ching, a 6-2 senior outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, excelled for the Warriors in his final season as he earned All-MPSF Second-Team. He contributed 3.73 kills and 0.32 aces per game while attacking at a .355 clip. Ching tallied five double-doubles this season with two matches with at least 20 kills. He totaled 190 digs for second most on the team.
Doug English, a 6-2 junior libero for Cal State Northridge, was the only libero to earn All-MPSF First-Team this season. He ranks second nationally in digs per game at 2.94. English ranks sixth all-time at Northridge with 647 career digs. He recorded a 97 percent serve receive percentage throughout the year.
Brad Keenan, a 6-8 senior middle blocker for Pepperdine University, joins a group of six players that have achieved AVCA All-America honors all four years. Last year's AVCA National Player of the Year, he has not disappointed this year as Pepperdine returns to the NCAA Tournament. Keenan has helped the Waves repeat as MPSF regular season champions with a national-leading block average of 1.97. He also ranks nationally in kills and aces per game.
Gustavo Meyer, a 6-4 sophomore outside hitter for Lewis University, earned All-MIVA First-Team honors. He ranks 12th nationally in hitting percentage at .435 while averaging 4.07 kills per game. Defensively, Meyer contributes 1.54 digs and 0.72 blocks per game as Lewis captured the MIVA regular season and tournament titles. He hit .933 against Rutgers on 15 attempts, in addition to an .818 mark against IPFW on 22 attempts.
Joe Nargi, a 6-7 senior right side/opposite hitter for Cal State Northridge, led the Matadors offensively in 2003 with 491 kills for a 4.81 kill average, which ranks ninth nationally in Divisions I and II. He hit at a .324 percentage on 964 attacks. Defensively, Nargi chipped in 0.78 blocks and 1.07 digs per game en route to be selected All-MPSF Second Team. He currently ranks sixth nationally in points scored at 5.84 per game.
Jimmy Pelzel, a 6-5 junior right side/opposite hitter for UC Irvine, helped propel UC Irvine to its first MPSF Tournament victory, and in doing so, earned All-MPSF First-Team. He led the Anteaters on an 11-0 run to start the season and the number-one ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll for two weeks. The Anteaters shattered the school record for wins in a season with 20. Pelzel ranks among the top four nationally in kills and points per game in 2003.
Sean Rooney, a 6-9 sophomore outside hitter for Pepperdine University, is a two-time AVCA All-American as he earned second-team honors in 2002 as a freshman. He paced the Waves offense with 4.54 kills per game for 13th best in the nation. Rooney's defense of 1.55 digs and 0.80 blocks per game also helped Pepperdine to its second straight MPSF regular season title and the number-one national ranking for much of the season.
Chris Tamas, a 6-5 senior setter for the University of the Pacific, averaged 13.60 assists in leading the Tigers to a .315 team attack percentage. He was the only setter selected to the All-MPSF First-Team and AVCA All-America First-Team as the Tigers reached as high as fourth nationally in the poll. Pacific relied on Tamas's defense as he averaged 0.62 blocks and 1.25 digs per game. Tamas finished his career with 5,086 assists in 378 games, both school records.
Costas Theocharidis, a 6-3 senior outside hitter for University of Hawai'i, enters a group of one as he is the first player to earn AVCA All-America First-Team honors four times. He was tabbed the MPSF Player of the Year for 2003, repeating an honor he earned in 2001. Theocharidis ranked second nationally for average points scored as he contributed 5.33 kills, 0.68 blocks and 0.27 aces per game. He completed his career with 2,198 kills, the only Warrior to ever reach the 2,000-kill milestone.
Delano Thomas, a 6-7 sophomore middle blocker for the University of Hawai'i, earned All-MPSF Second Team as his diversity helped the Warriors to another successful season. Offensively, he produced 2.74 kills and 0.41 aces per game while hitting .453. Defensively, Thomas contributed 1.40 blocks per game for ninth best in the country. He helped the Warriors to an MPSF semifinal berth before losing to BYU.
AVCA All-America Second-Team
Jonathan Alleman, a 6-3 junior right side/opposite hitter for Brigham Young University, was selected All-MPSF Second Team in his first season as a full-time starter for the Cougars. He collected averages of 3.93 kills, 1.36 digs and 0.80 blocks per game to help lead BYU into this weekend's NCAA Tournament as the MPSF Tournament champion. Alleman has recorded double-figure kills in 23 of 28 matches this season, including two 30-plus kill matches in back-to-back matches against Stanford.
Shane Davis, a 6-4 senior setter for Loyola-Chicago, contributed mightly to the Rambler offense this season as he directed it to a .383 team attack percentage for second-best in the nation. He averaged 13.71 assists per game as Loyola-Chicago reached the MIVA championship match. In addition, Davis contributed an individual hitting percentage of .432 to go with 1.40 digs and 0.72 blocks per game.
Carlos Guerra, a 6-5 senior outside hitter for Penn State University, leads the Nittany Lions to the NCAA championships for the fourth time in his career. He was named EIVA Player of the Year earlier this month and is currently averaging 4.49 kills, 0.89 blocks and 1.39 digs per game. He ranks seventh nationally in points per game. Guerra, who ranks second all-time at Penn State with 1,816 kills, broke the school record for kills in a rally-scoring match with 32 against George Mason.
Keith Kowal, a 6-5 junior middle blocker for Penn State University, earned All-EIVA First-Team honors this year as he was ranked among the top 10 nationally in two categories. He hit .508 for the year for second-best in the nation. Kowal added 1.48 blocks per game, ranked seventh nationally, and 3.04 kills per game. His final block in the EIVA Tournament championship gave him a single-season school record 160 in 2003. He also rejected 12 IPFW attacks for a school record.
Jose Martins, a 6-4 junior setter for Lewis University, earned All-MIVA First-Team after being selected second-team honors the past two seasons. He has helped the Flyers to a national-best .388 team attack percentage and a spot in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Martins averages 13.94 assists, 1.50 digs and 0.58 blocks per game for Lewis. The Flyers have been ranked among the top five teams much of 2003.
Carlos Moreno, a 6-4 sophomore setter for Brigham Young University, was named All-MPSF Second Team as he utilized a balanced offense that has returned to the NCAA Tournament this weekend. He led the MPSF Tournament champion Cougar offense to a .344 team attack percentage, good for seventh in the nation. Moreno averaged 13.70 assists, 1.13 digs and 0.76 blocks per game as BYU has adjusted well to a new coach in Tom Peterson.
Jeff Ptak, a 6-5 senior outside hitter for IPFW, was tabbed MIVA Player of the Year as he led the league in kills per game at 5.18. He recorded a tremendous outing on March 21 against Loyola with 43 kills in a four-game match, the most kills by any NCAA player since the introduction of rally scoring. Ptak also added 1.23 digs and 0.71 blocks per game to the Mastadon defense. He ranked fourth in average points scored in 2003.
Justin Schnor, a 6-4 senior outside hitter for Loyola-Chicago, served notice as an offensive and defensive threat at the net this year. He averaged 4.50 kills per game while hitting .408. Schnor, an All-MIVA First-Team pick, contributed 1.33 blocks per game to rank among the top 10 nationally. He helped the Ramblers reach the MIVA finals under first-year head coach Tim O'Brien. Schnor holds the school record for career aces and ranks second all-time in kills.
Ryan Stuntz, a 5-10 junior libero for Lewis University, becomes a two-time AVCA All-American this year as he played a vital role in the Flyer back row. He ranks sixth nationally in digs per game at 2.51 and helped Lewis to a national-leading .388 team hitting percentage. Stuntz successfully passed 97.5 percent of serve receives taken in 2003. He was named to the All-MIVA First-Team.
Fred Winters, a 6-5 junior outside hitter for Pepperdine University, was one of three Waves to earn All-MPSF First-Team honors. He averaged 3.96 kills per game to help Pepperdine to the number-one ranking for much of the season. Defensively, Winters averages 1.63 digs and 0.94 blocks per game as Pepperdine earned its second straight MPSF regular season title and NCAA Tournament berth.
AVCA Newcomer of the Year
Tyler Hildenbrand, a 6-4 freshman setter for Long Beach State University, broke the school record for freshman single-season assists with 1,593. He also recorded a MPSF-season-best 88 assists in a match this season. He averaged a national-best 15.17 assists per game.