2002 Men's All America Teams
2002 AVCA All-America Teams Announced
COLORARO SPRINGS, COLO - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 12th annual AVCA All-America awards for men's volleyball. The awards presentation will occur at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet at the Mt. Nittany Club Lounge of Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Wednesday, May 1, 2002.
The 2002 AVCA All-America Teams have seven players returning to the squads for at least their second season. The first-team is led by Pepperdine University junior middle blocker Brad Keenan, who was selected the AVCA National Player of the Year for 2002 and is a three-time AVCA All-America. University Hawai'i junior Costas Theocharidis, the 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year, was named to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the third consecutive year. Stanford junior Curt Toppel was chosen to the AVCA All-America First-Team after being selected to the second team as a freshman and sophomore.
Keenan, Theocharidis and Toppel will each have the opportunity next year to join a select group of three men's volleyball players to earn AVCA All-America honors all four years.
The AVCA All-America Teams were increased from nine to 10 member squads starting with this year. The additional spot was created to recognize the libero position in the men's game.
A total of 63 student-athletes representing 24 schools were nominated for AVCA All-America. 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-NY); Joel Walton (Ball State); and Joe Wortmann (Pacific).
An AVCA All-America picture page containing photos of all 20 selectees can be downloaded by clicking here.
Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown Joaquin Acosta Brigham Young University OH Sr. 6-5 San Juan, Puerto Rico Beau Daniels Pepperdine University S Sr. 6-4 League City, Texas Paul Fasshauer Ball State University MB Sr. 6-9 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Brad Keenan %* Pepperdine University MB Jr. 6-8 Westminster, California Dejan Miladinovic % University of Hawai'i MB Sr. 6-7 Kraljevo, Serbia Jose Quinones # Penn State University S Sr. 6-3 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Ryan Stuntz Lewis University Lib So. 5-10 Redondo Beach, California Costas Theocharidis #& University of Hawai'i OH Jr. 6-2 Orestiada, Greece Curt Toppel %* Stanford University RS/Opp Jr. 6-8 Pacific Palisades, California Mike Wall # Brigham Young University RS/Opp Sr. 6-4 Santa Barbara, California
Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown Fabiano Barreto # Lewis University RS/Opp So. 6-6 Campinas, Brazil Zelimir Koljesar Penn State University RS/Opp Jr. 6-5 Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Ricky Mattei Penn State University Lib So. 5-11 San Juan, Puerto Rico Matt Komer UCLA OH Sr. 6-7 Los Alamitos, California Pieter Olree The Ohio State University RS/Opp Sr. 6-6 Reading, Pennsylvania Andy Rivera UC Santa Barbara OH Sr. 6-2 Eagle Rock, California Sean Rooney Pepperdine University OH Fr. 6-8 Wheaton, Illinois Zach Slenker Penn State University MB Jr. 6-5 Dallastown, Pennsylvania Brad Stoub Loyola University Chicago OH Sr. 6-4 Palos Park, Illinois Eckhard Walter Cal State Northridge RS/Opp Sr. 6-10 Berlin, Germany
AVCA Player of the Year: Brad Keenan, Pepperdine University
AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Sean Rooney, Pepperdine University
# 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
AVCA All-America First-Team
Joaquin Acosta joins the AVCA All-America First-Team after leading the Cougars to a 23-7 record and number-four seed in the MPSF Tournament. He hit .370 for the season, including eight matches with a .500 or better attack percentage. Acosta set a school rally-scoring era record with a .765 percentage against Concordia. He charted at least 10 kills in 28 of 30 matches. Acosta was selected to the All-MPSF First-Team as a senior. Last year he helped BYU to the national championship.
Beau Daniels has led top-ranked Pepperdine University into the NCAA Tournament from his setter position, a spot where he has averaged 14.00 assists per game for fourth best nationally. Daniels has led the Waves to a 28-4 record with a .355 team attack percentage. Daniels, a MPSF First-Team selection, contributes 0.52 blocks and 1.42 digs leading the Waves to a .230 team attack defense. He charted three double-doubles this season, including season-highs of 77 assists and 13 digs against Cal State Northridge.
Paul Fasshauer is a first-time selection to the AVCA All-America team and has paced the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament. Fasshauer is on pace to shatter the school's single season attack percentage record as he is hitting a national-leading .542 in 2002. An All-MIVA First-Team selection, he was tabbed AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week once this season. Fasshauer adds 1.25 blocks per game, which ranks 10th nationally. He was a member of the USA Volleyball World University Games Team that won gold last summer.
Brad Keenan's versatility and dynamics at the net has been a major reason why Pepperdine (28-4) has rolled to 16 straight victories, the number-one spot in the national poll and a berth in this weekend's NCAA Tournament. Now a three-time AVCA All-America pick, he ranks among the top 10 leaders in three statistical categories. He ranks second in blocks per game at 1.86 and seventh in hitting percentage at .466. Keenan's serve leads to 0.65 aces per game, tops in the nation. He was also tabbed the MPSF Player of the Year. Keenan has contributed five matches this season with at least 10 blocks or more, including a season-high 13 in a three-game match versus UC Irvine. In an earlier meeting with UC Irvine, Keenan recorded 11 kills, nine blocks and seven aces showcasing his versatility. In a showdown with then-number one UCLA on March 30, he recorded 12 kills on a .800 hitting percentage, added four aces and eight blocks. Keenan notched a season-high 20 kills against Stanford on April 13 to close the regular season schedule. He was named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week after leading Pepperdine to two victories at BYU in March.
Dejan Miladinovic makes his second appearance on the AVCA All-America Team. He leads the nation in blocking for the second straight year with 1.90 per game. Miladinovic leads the Warriors in attack percentage at .451, which ranks 10th nationally. He became the school's first player to achieve 1,000 kills and 700 blocks in a career. Miladinovic, a second-team All-MPSF pick, owns school records for career blocks and block average. He twice produced 11 blocks in three-game matches this season.
Jose Quinones is a repeat AVCA All-America First-Team selection from last year. He was named the EIVA Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after leading Penn State with 13.93 assists per game for fifth best nationally. Jose Quinoines paced the Lions to a national-leading .390 team attack percentage. He added individual averages of 0.84 blocks, 1.27 digs and 0.83 kills to his repertoire as a senior. Quinones holds school career records for assists with 6,299 and aces with 98. As a four-year starter, he has led Penn State to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Ryan Stuntz becomes the first libero position player to receive AVCA All-America First-Team honors. He was a digging machine and found ways to get his body in position to set the Lewis offense in motion. Stuntz ranked fifth nationally in digs per game at 2.47. He committed just 23 serve-receive errors in 105 games played this season. Stuntz tallied 10 or more digs in 10 matches this season and averaged 2.64 digs against nationally ranked competition.
Costas Theocharidis joins a elite group of players to earn AVCA All-America First-Team honors in his first three collegiate seasons. After earning AVCA National Player of the Year in 2001, he again was a powerful offensive force. Theocharidis ranked fourth nationally in kills per game at 5.49 while hitting .347 for the season. A MPSF All-First Team selection, he earned AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week twice this season. Theocharidis recorded a season-high 33 against Stanford, plus a 32 kill-night against Pepperdine.
Curt Toppel becomes a three-time AVCA All-America after being named a second-team selection as a freshman and sophomore. He led the Cardinals with 520 kills and hit .380 for the season. Toppel, who ranks fifth nationally in kills per game with 5.42, posted at least 10 kills in 24 of 25 matches played. Toppel, an All-MPSF First-Team pick, had a season-high 34 kills against Long Beach State as one of four 30-kill performances in 2002. He helped the Cardinal to a 16-10 record and top seven ranking in the national poll.
Mike Wall returns to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the second year in a row after ranking eighth nationally in kill average at 4.90 per game. He ranks third all-time in career kills at BYU with 1,433. Mike tallied a season-high 33 kills against Stanford in the MPSF Tournament. He tallied double-digit kills in all but one match with nine 20-plus kill matches. An All-MPSF First-Team pick, he hit .500 or better seven times in 2002. Wall added per game averages of 0.83 blocks and 1.41 digs this season.
AVCA All-America Second Team
Fabiano Barreto avoided the sophomore jinx with his second straight AVCA All-America selection. An All-MIVA First-Team selection, he ranked 10th nationally in kills per game at 4.92 and charted a .339 hitting percentage. Barreto completed 2002 with 517 kills, including a season-high 35 against Ohio State. He was named MIVA Player of the Week on Feb. 25 following a 34-kill performance against Quincy. On defense, Barreto added 1.25 digs and 0.56 blocks.
Zelimir Koljesar tacks on AVCA All-America honors following his inclusion on the All-EIVA First-Team. He charted 3.91 kills, 0.75 blocks and 1.44 digs per game for the Lions. Koljesar holds a .410 attack percentage against nationally ranked opponents. He earned a school record with a perfect 11-for-11 offensive night in the EIVA quarterfinal round against Springfield College. Koljesar earned all-tournament honors at Hawaii's Outrigger Invitational.
Matt Komer concludes his collegiate career by being named to the AVCA All-America Second-Team. He averaged 3.71 kills per game and hit .355 for the season in 117 games during his senior campaign. Komer, who was selected to the All-MPSF Second-Team, tossed in 84 blocks and a 1.48 dig average on defense to help the Bruins to a 25-7 overall record and number-one ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll for nine weeks in 2002.
Ricky Mattei has been a spark plug for Penn State this season, setting up the Lion offense from his defensive position. He handles 1.98 digs per game, which ranks 20th nationally. More importantly, he commits just 0.28 serve receive errors per game in leading Penn State to a national-best .390 hitting percentage. Mattei was selected All-EIVA First Team and had three double-digit dig matches in 2002. He also contributed in other ways with 63 assists, topped by a nine assist match against Stanford.
Pieter Olree ends his collegiate career with the distinction of being named both AVCA All-America Second Team and MIVA Player of the Year. He broke the Buckeye school record for kills in a single season with 614 and finished season all-time in career kills with 1,583. Olree, who was named MIVA Player of the Week four times in 2002, averaged 5.69 kills per game for third best nationally. He reached 20 kills in 15 matches in 2002 with four 30-plus kill matches.
Andy Rivera paced UC Santa Barbara to a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Semifinals and number-four ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll. He was tabbed to the All-MPSF Second-Team after averaging 4.02 kills and 1.44 digs per game. Rivera charted a season-high 30 kills in an upset of UCLA in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinal round. He accomplished a perfect offense night with 10 kills on 10 attempts against UC San Diego on Feb. 16.
Sean Rooney earns a spot on the AVCA All-America Team despite being just a freshman. In addition to this award, he has also been selected the AVCA Newcomer of the Year recipient. Sean averages 4.08 kills per game, 20th best in the nation, along with 1.39 digs and 0.61 blocks on defense. He holds a .380 attack percentage and has 29 double-digit kill matches. Rooney was named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on March 25 after posting a .633 hitting percentage in two matches versus Hawai'i.
Zach Slenker, one of four players from Penn State to earn AVCA All-America honors, ranked fourth nationally in hitting percentage by attacking at a .482 clip. He hit above a .600 percentage 12 times in 28 matches, including a stretch of six straight matches. Slenker produced averages of 3.38 kills and 0.96 blocks to help the Lions to a NCAA Tournament berth. He enjoyed a double-double of 13 kills and 11 digs against Ohio State in a four-game victory.
Brad Stoub concludes his collegiate career as an AVCA All-America Second-Team selection. He helped Loyola-Chicago to a regular season tie for first place in the MIVA and a spot in the league championship match. Stoub, who has been invited to tryout for the USA National Team, ranked 11th this season in kills per game at 4.84 and sixth in service aces per game. He was named All-MIVA First Team and selected MIVA Player of the Week twice.
Eckhard Walter earned a spot on the AVCA All-America Second Team as an intimidating offensive force for the Matadors. He ranked sixth nationally in kills at 5.11 per game. Walter's 52 aces computes to a 0.53 per game average, good for second nationally. A MPSF All-Conference Second-Team selection, he paced Cal State Northridge into the league tournament for the first time since 1996. Walter tallied 1,877 career kills. He is also the Matadors' all-time leader with 183 service aces.