AVCA Men's All-America Awards

 

Division I-II All-Americans | Division III All-Americans | NAIA All-Americans

 

2014 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION I-II ALL-AMERICA TEAMS 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 24th 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 Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Stanford leads the way placing three athletes in the All-American teams.  Lewis, Pepperdine, UC Irvine and USC each have two players earn AVCA All-American honors.

Highlighting this year's class with four consecutive AVCA All-American recognitions is BYU's Taylor Sander, who was an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2011 then went on to make the first team for three consecutive seasons. UC Irvine's Michael Brinkley, Stanford's Brian Cook, Long Beach State's Taylor Crabb and UCLA's Gonzalo Quiroga are the others to repeat as AVCA First-Team All-Americans. USC's Micah Christenson and Henry Cassiday, Lewis' Geoff Powell and BJ Boldog, Stanford's Steven Irvin and Pepperdine's Matt West are the others who have garnered All-American honors a previous year.


The 2014 selections were made by the AVCA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Brian Baise (Harvard); Sam Shweisky (Princeton); Wes Schneider (Cal Baptist); Kevin Ring (UC San Diego); John Kosty (Stanford); Pete Hanson (Ohio State), Dan Friend (Lewis); Jeremy Price (Grand Canyon); David Heller (Mount Olive).

 

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

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Year

Height

Hometown

Taylor Averill

University of Hawai'i

MB

RS- Jr.

6'7

San Jose, CA

Michael Brinkley*

UC Irvine

L

Jr.

5'10

Huntington Beach, CA

Micah Christenson%

University of Southern California

S

Jr.

6'6

Honolulu, HI

Brian Cook*

Stanford University

OH

Sr.

6'5

Santa Cruz, CA

Taylor Crabb*

Long Beach State University

OH

Sr.

6'0

Honolulu, HI

Thomas Jaeschke

Loyola University Chicago

OH

So.

6'6

Wheaton, IL

Geoff Powell+

Lewis University

OH

RS- Jr.

6'4

Claremont, CA

Gonzalo Quiroga*

UCLA

OH

Sr.

6'4

San Juan, Argentina

Aaron Russell

Penn State University

OH

Jr.

6'9

Ellicott City, MD

Taylor Sander!^*

Brigham Young University

OH

Sr.

6'4

Huntington Beach, CA


 

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

 

Player

Institution

Position

Year

Height

Hometown

BJ Boldog%+

Lewis University

S

RS- Sr.

6'4

Palatine, IL

Henry Cassiday%

University of Southern California

L

Sr.

6'3

Honolulu, HI

Driss Guessous

Ohio State University

MB

RS-Fr.

6'8

Pasadena, CA

Steven Irvin+

Stanford University

OH

Sr.

6'5

Pacific Palisades, CA

Scott Kevorken

UC Irvine

MB

Sr.

6'9

Westlake Village, CA

Matt Leske

Ball State University

MB

Sr.

6'7

Highwood, IL

Jonah Seif

UC Santa Barbara

S

So.

6'8

Thousand Oaks, CA

James Shaw

Stanford University

S

So.

6'8

Woodside, CA

Josh Taylor

Pepperdine University

OH

Jr.

6'7

Honolulu, HI

Matt West*

Pepperdine University

S

Jr.

6'5

Seattle, WA


  

AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year: Announced at NCAA Championship Banquet on April 30th. 

AVCA Division I-II Men's Newcomer of the Year:  Driss Guessous, Ohio State, MB

* -  2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ -  2012 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
% -2012 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection
$ - 2011 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-American selection

! -  2011 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection

 

AVCA Division I-II Honorable Mention

 

Player

Institution

Position

Year

Height

Hometown

Cody Caldwell

Loyola University Chicago

OH

Jr.

6'6

Newport Beach, CA

Angel Dache

University of Mount Olive

OH

Sr.

6'2

La Havana, Cuba

Nick Goodell

Penn State University

OPP

RS-Jr.

6'4

Ambridge, PA

Conrad Kaminski

Stanford University

MB

So.

6'7

New Berlin, WI

Cody Kessel

Princeton University

OPP

Jr.

6'5

Colorado Springs, CO

Mike Michelau

Erskine College

OH

So.

6'3

Trevor, WI

Nicholas Olson

Loyola University Chicago

MB

So.

6'10

New Berlin, WI

Robart Page

UCLA

OH

Sr.

7'0

Rochester, NY

Greg Petty

Lewis University

OH

Jr.

6'6

Downers Grove, IL

Spencer Rowe

UCLA

OPP

Sr.

6'6

Trabuco Canyon, CA

Brook Sedore

University of Hawai'i

OPP

Jr.

6'5

Grand Prairie, Alberta

Andrew Sellan

IPFW

OPP

So.

6'5

Westerville, OH

Joseph Smalzer

Loyola University Chicago

OPP

RS-Sr.

6'8

Chicago, IL

Matt Tarantino

Pepperdine University

MB

RS-So.

6'8

Van Nuys, CA

DJ White

Harvard University

OH

Jr.

6'5

Hermosa Beach, CA

Lucas Yoder

University of Southern California

OH

Fr.

6'4

San Clemente, CA

Caleb Zimmick

Harvard University

MB

Jr.

6'9

Middleton, WI

 

 

 

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


Taylor Averill, a 6-7 middle blocker for the University of Hawai'i, is a redshirt-junior from San Jose, Calif. Averill's .477 hitting percentage places him second in the highly competitive MPSF Conference and his 1.22 blocks per set has him in the top-5. He was even better in in his MPSF Conference matches, hitting at a .482 clip. Averill earns AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.

 

Michael Brinkley, a 5-10 libero for UC Irvine, is a junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. As one of the top defensive players in the game, he has been a vital part of the Anteaters success over the last three years. In 2014, his 2.52 digs per set has him third in the conference recording double-digit digs 13 times. He is now second in program history in career digs, and has made the All-MPSF First-Team for the second consecutive season. Brinkley is now a two-time AVCA First-Team All-American.

 

Micah Christenson, a 6-6 setter for the University of Southern California, is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Christenson is unquestionably one of the most talented collegiate setters in recent memory, even starting on the U.S. Men's National Team in key tournaments in 2013. He leads the nation in assists per set (11.62) and 15th in digs per set (2.33). His 0.29 aces per set ranks him ninth in MPSF conference matches. This is Christenson's second AVCA All-America honor after making the second team in 2012.

 

Brian Cook, a 6-5 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a senior from Santa Cruz, Calif. Cook leads the Cardinal into the MPSF Semifinals as one of the hottest teams in the nation, currently riding a 12-match winning streak. He has led the team in kills 19 times, including last weekend's game against UC Irvine where he finished with 21 kills and nine digs, narrowly missing his sixth double-double of the year. Cook is an AVCA First-Team All-American for the second consecutive year.

 

Taylor Crabb, a 6-0 outside hitter for Long Beach State University, is a senior from Honolulu, Hawai'i. There are few players that are as talented as Crabb in so many facets of the game. His 4.80 kills per set leads the country while ranking nationally in hitting percentage (.371) and finishing in the top-10 in the MPSF in digs per set (2.16) and points per set (5.33). The 2013 AVCA Player of the Year has also been remarkably consistent, notching double-digit kill figures in all 28 matches with 10 double-doubles. Crabb is a back-to-back AVCA First-Team All-American.


Thomas Jaeschke, a 6-6 outside hitter for Loyola-Chicago, is a sophomore from Wheaton, Ill. The 2014 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year has led his Ramblers to a No. 1 ranking in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, a spot they've held since February 10th. Ranking nationally in kills per set (3.71), he was also incredibly efficient hitting exactly .400 in the 2014 campaign. Defensively, his 2.12 digs per set is first on the Ramblers. This is Jaeschke's first AVCA All-American honor.

 

Geoff Powell, a 6-4 outside hitter for Lewis University, is a redshirt-junior from Claremont, Calif. Leading the Flyers into the MIVA Semifinals where they will take on Ball State, Powell is amongst the best in the country (second in the MIVA) averaging 3.86 kills per set on .377 hitting. In the conference quarterfinals against Grand Canyon, Powell smashed a team-leading 20 points with 19 kills and hit an astounding .548 in just three sets. Powell was an AVCA Second-Team All-American last year, making this his second AA honor.

 

Gonzalo Quiroga, a 6-4 outside hitter for UCLA, is a senior from San Juan, Argentina. Quiroga will go down as one of the greatest servers in program history, and in 2014 averages 0.50 aces per set. He's recorded three or more aces on nine separate occasions this season. However, he's more than just an elite server ranking eighth in the MPSF in kills per set (3.70), 15th in digs per set (1.78) and fourth in points per set (4.50). This marks Quiroga's second consecutive AVCA First-Team All-American award.

 

Aaron Russell, a 6-9 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Ellicott City, Md. Russell became the first Nittany Lion since Joe Sunder (2011-12) to earn back-to-back EIVA Player of the Year honors. He's currently second nationally averaging 0.67 aces per set, just 0.02 behind Loyola-Chicago's Joseph Smalzer. In addition to leading the EIVA in aces, he also leads the conference in kills per set (3.95) to accompany his 1.92 digs per set average. Russell is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Taylor Sander, a 6-4 outside hitter for Brigham Young University, is a senior from Huntington Beach, Calif. Owning one of the most prolific careers in men's volleyball, Sander is just the 11th player in DI-II Men's history to be selected a four-time AVCA All-American. He's the first player to win back-to-back MPSF Player of the Year awards since Pepperdine's George Roumain in 1998 and 1999. In 2014, he led his Cougars to an MPSF regular season title en route to setting the BYU rally-scoring era kills record with 1,685 and service aces with 175.


AVCA Division I-II Second-Team All-America

BJ Boldog, a 6-4 setter for Lewis University, is a redshirt-senior from Pallatine, Ill. Earlier this year, Boldog received his third-straight All-MIVA First Team honor. He also became the Flyers assist leader during the rally-scoring era and is third all-time with over 4,300 career assists. He led the Flyers to a .338 hitting percentage (1,281 K, 410 E, 2,575 TA), good enough for second in the country. That percentage is the highest since the 2003 squad hit .380. In regular season play, Boldog averaged 10.22 assists, 0.94 digs and 0.84 blocks-per-set, the best of any MIVA setter this season. He was previously named as an AVCA Second-Team All-American in both 2012 and 2013.

 

Henry Cassiday, a 6-3 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii. Entering postseason play, Cassiday ranked second nationally in digs (3.04, first in the MPSF). He has a team-best 295 digs. His 21 digs against Pepperdine earlier this year set a USC rally scoring era match record. His 297 digs in 2014 are 18 shy of tying the school record. He has recorded double figures in digs a school-record 17 times in 2014, including seven times with at least 15 digs. He was honored as an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2012.

 

Driss Guessous, a 6-8 middle blocker for Ohio State University, is a redshirt freshman from Pasadena, Calif. Earlier this year, Guessous became the third Buckeye to be named MIVA Freshman of the Year since 2005. Guessous led the conference throughout the entire season with a .446 hitting percentage. He also ranked seventh with 0.90 blocks per set. His defensive efforts earned him MIVA Defensive Player of the Week recognition earlier this season (Feb. 11) after racking up 11 blocks for a 1.38 per set average against Penn State and Saint Francis.

 

Steve Irvin, a 6-5 outside hitter for Stanford University, is a senior from Pacific Palisades, Calif. Irvin ranked second on the squad with 3.27 kills and 3.80 points per set, and hit over .300 for the first time in his career (.312). Both marks ranked in the top-15 in the MPSF. He also led the team with 0.31 aces per set, good for seventh in the conference. Irvin was also tabbed as an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 2013.

 

Scott Kevorken, a 6-9 middle blocker for UC Irvine, is a senior from Westlake Village, Calif. In MPSF matches, he ranked second in hitting percentage with a .480 mark. Kevorken hit over .600 eight times this season, including a .875 performance against UC San Diego on April 4. He recorded a season-high six block assists twice this year and is currently ranked fifth in UCI career solo blocks and seventh in block assists and total blocks. Kevorken was named second team All-MPSF in 2013 and was named to the MPSF All-Freshman team in 2011.

 

Matt Leske, a 6-7 middle blocker for Ball State University, is a senior from Highwood, Ill. Earlier this year, Leske earned First Team All-MIVA honors for the first time in his career. The senior has netted double-digit blocks three times this season and has tallied at least seven blocks 12 times this season. He also ranks fifth in Ball State's 51 year history in career blocks per set average at 1.46. He is eighth in Ball State history in career total blocks and seventh in career assisted blocks.

 

Jonah Seif, a 6-8 setter for the UC Santa Barbara, is a sophomore from Thousand Oaks, Calif. Seif built upon a successful 2013 season, which saw him garner All-Freshman and All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors. Seif became the first UCSB setter to pick up All-Conference First Team honors since 1996. In his second year as the catalyst of the UCSB offense, Seif recorded another 1,000 assist season while rounding out the other areas of his game, ranking at or near the top among MPSF setters in kills (54), aces (29), digs (169), and blocks (93). His 10.60 assist per set average was among the best in the conference.

 

James Shaw, a 6-8 setter for Stanford University, is a sophomore from Woodside, Calif. Shaw, who earned All-MPSF honorable mention and freshman team accolades last season, guided the Cardinal offense to an MPSF-best .334 team hitting percentage, one of the best in the country. He averages 10.78 assists per set, to go with 1.02 kills and 1.51 digs per set. Earlier this season he was named the MPSF and Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week after the Cardinal knocked off Pepperdine and USC on the road.

 

Josh Taylor, a 6-7 outside hitter for Pepperdine University, is a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii. Taylor was voted to the All-MPSF First Team for the first time in his career after picking up second team honors in 2013. The junior outside hitter has been the Waves' go-to offensive option all season long and rightfully so. He averaged 4.09 kills per set - third in the conference and sixth in the NCAA - and recently became just the 18th player in program history to reach the 1,000 kills milestone.

 

Matt West, a 6-5 setter for Pepperdine University, is a junior from Seattle, Wash. Earlier this year, West made his second-straight appearance on the All-MPSF First Team. The junior, a top-three finalist for the Lloy Ball Award (which honors the nation's best setter), he's currently third in the MPSF with an assists average of 11.09. He also picked up 2.14 digs per set. He is just one of six players in program history to surpass 3,000 career assists. West was named as an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2013.

 

 

 

2014 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 11th annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams. 

Springfield College and Juniata College lead the way this season, with a total of four athletes honored on the first and second teams. SUNY New Paltz, Stevens and Carthage are next in line with three All-Americans each. This is the first season each team was expanded to 14 players with AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions.
 

Carthage senior Connor Wexter headlines the year's recipients as the only four-time AVCA All-American after being selected to the second team in 2011, and the first team over the next three years.  Rivier's Aaron Almario, Juniata's Joe Bortak, MIT's Brendan Chang, SUNY New Paltz's Tim Ferriter, Springfield's Nick Ferry, Juniata's Paul Kuhn and Springfield's Jimmy O'Leary are the other repeat All-Americans on the first team.  Nazareth's Luke Lawatsch and NYU's Connor Mortland are the only members of the second team who have earned All-American honors multiple times.


The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Division III Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College), Todd Hollenbeck (UC Santa Cruz), Paul Dill (MIT), John Hutton (D'Youville), Braden Zamore (Daniel Webster), Hudson Bates (Marymount), Dan Ames (Dominican), Evan Giglio (Wentworth IT), Ray Bello (Hunter), Robert Cole (NJCU), Richard Gary (Wells).

 


2014 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Aaron Almario$+

Rivier University

MB

Sr.

6'7

Alhambra, CA

Joe Bortak$*

Juniata College

MB

Jr.

6'7

Jeannette, PA

Brendan Chang*

Mass. Inst. Of Technology

L

So.

5'9

Laytonsville, MD

Tim Ferriter*

SUNY New Paltz

OH

So.

6'3

Rochester, NY

Nick Ferry#

Springfield College

L

Sr.

6'0

Valencia, CA

Paul Kuhn+

Juniata College

OH

Jr.

6'7

York, PA

Jack McKee

Baruch College

RS

Sr.

6'6

Bay Shore, NY

Jimmy O'Leary+

Springfield College

MB

Sr.

6'6

Reading, PA

Keaton Pieper

Springfield College

S

Jr.

6'4

Dallas, TX

Christian Smith

SUNY New Paltz

S

So.

6'5

Massapequa, NY

Chris Vaughan

Stevens Inst. Of Technology

OH

So.

6'4

Medford, NJ

Luis Vega

Springfield College

OH

So.

6'0

Corozal, Puerto Rico

Michael Vellutato

Elmira College

S

Sr.

6'1

Topanga, CA

Connor Wexter@^*

Carthage College

S

Sr.

6'1

New Lenox, IL

 

2014 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

Hometown

Chad Albert

Juniata College

MB

So.

6'5

Cranberry Township, PA

Bez Arslani

Kean University

OH

Jr.

6'1

Wayne, NJ

Trevor Barrett

Medaille College

RS

Sr.

 

Amherst, NY

Matt Bynon

Rivier University

L/DS

Sr.

5'9

Burnt Hills, NY

Luke Lawatsch*

Nazareth College

MB

Jr.

6'5

Penfield, NY

Alex McColgin

Juniata College

RS

Jr.

6'4

Buffalo, NY

Connor Mortland@$

New York University

S

Sr.

6'5

San Diego, CA

Alec Redlich

Lakeland College

OH

Jr.

6'1

Wauwatosa, WI

Gabe Shankweiler

Stevens Inst. Of Technology

OH

Fr.

6'2

Allentown, PA

Daniel Smith

Stevens Inst. Of Technology

MB

Jr.

6'4

Tucson, AZ

Jon Storm+

Carthage College

OH

Jr.

6'5

Naperville, IL

Paul Syta

Mass. Inst. Of Technology

S

Sr.

6'2

Fairport, NY

J.P. Tulaka

Carthage College

MB

So.

6'5

Westmont, IL

Steven Woessner

SUNY New Paltz

MB

Fr.

6'5

Massapequa Park, NY

  

 

2014 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year: Announced April 24 at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship banquet in Huntingdon, PA.

2014 AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Steven Woessner, SUNY New Paltz


* - 2013 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2013 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 2012 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection

$ - 2012 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

# - 2011 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
@-2011 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

 

AVCA Division III Honorable Mention


Chris Markuson, Rivier, OH, Junior

Adam Weaver, Hilbert, OH, Senior


 

AVCA Division III First-Team All-America

 

Aaron Almario, a 6-7 middle blocker for Rivier University, is a senior from Alhambra, Calif. There were high expectations for Almario to remain one of the best heading into the 2014 season, and he did not disappoint. He ranks in the top-10 nationally in both hitting percentage (.401) and blocks per set (1.13) while placing second on his team in kills per set (2.46).Rivier holds a No. 4 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament, and will play No. 5Carthage on April 25th. This is Almario's third AVCA All-American honor, but his first on the first team.


Joe Bortak, a 6-7middle blocker at Juniata College, is a junior from Jeannette, Pa. One of the most efficient hitters in the nation, Bortak heads into the NCAA Tournament ranked second in the country in hitting percentage hitting at a .434 clip. However, he doesn't let that impact what he can do on the defensive end averaging nearly one block per set. Bortak joins Almario as a three-time AVCA All-American.


Brendan Chang, a 5-9 libero for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a sophomore from Laytonsville, Md. In a game full of gaudy offensive numbers, Chang has proven to be one of the best in handling what the hitters have coming his way. His3.25 digs per set places him in the top-5 in the country and first in the United Volleyball Conference. He had a big hand in keeping MIT's opponents to just a 0.151 team hitting percentage on the season. Chang has garnered AVCA First-Team All-American honors for the second consecutive year.


Tim Ferriter, a 6-3 outside hitter for SUNY New Paltz, is a sophomore from Rochester, N.Y. There are few players who can beat a team in a handful of ways, but Ferriter is one of them. He ranks in the top-10 of the UVC in hitting percentage (0.365), kills per set (3.71) and service aces per set (0.32). In one day in February when the Hawks swept both then-No. 1Rivier and then-No. 2 Springfield, Ferriter combined for 27 kills, including hitting an even .500 against the Pride. Ferriter is now a two-time AVCA First-Team All-American.


Nick Ferry, a 6-0 libero for Springfield College, is a senior from Valencia, Calif. The Pride has consistently been one of the top teams in the country in the last four years thanks in large part because of the play of Nick Ferry. His 2.44 digs per set places him first on the squad as he helped lead the Pride to a No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament. Ferry will also be looking for his third consecutive NCAA Championship. Ferry was named an AVCA First-Team All-American in 2011, making this his second honor.


Paul Kuhn, a 6-7outside hitter for Juniata College, is a junior from York, Pa. He helped leadthe Eagles to a 2014 Continental Volleyball Conference Championship as his school will play host to the NCAA Tournament. His .411 CVC hitting percentage and 35 service aces place him third in the league. He came through in the conference semifinal against Carthage, smashing a team-high 13 kills on .455 hitting. After earning AVCA Second-Team All-American honors a year ago, this is second AA appearance.


Jack McKee, a 6-6 right-side for Baruch College, is a senior from Bay Shore, N.Y. He entered the NCAA Tournament as one of the most feared attackers in the country, averaging 3.77 kills per set. That's not to say he shouldn't be taken seriously on defense. McKee is third on the Bearcats accumulating 185 digs and second with 107 blocks. For his outstanding season, he was named the 2014 CUNYAC Most Valuable Player. McKee earns AVCA All-American honors for the first time.


Jimmy O'Leary, a 6-6 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a senior from Reading, Pa. There is no question that Springfield would not be in the position they're currently in if not for the play of this senior. He's currently tops in the country in hitting percentage at .501 and No.3 in blocks per set with 1.18. Springfield will play Endicott in the secondround of the NCAA Tournament, who already defeated the Gulls in straight sets on April 4th. O'Leary is now a two-time AVCA All-American after making the second team a year ago.


Keaton Pieper, a 6-4 setter for Springfield College, is a junior from Dallas, Texas. Currently ranked fifth in the nation in assists per set (10.19), Pieper also contributes on the defensive end averaging0.84 digs and 0.70 blocks per set. His incredible skill set and instincts contributed to the team's 0.328 hitting percentage, which is good for the highest in the country. Pieper is afirst-time AVCA All-American.


Christian Smith,a 6-5 setter for SUNY New Paltz, is a sophomore from Massapequa, N.Y. It should be no coincidence the Hawks currently rank No. 1 in the country in assists per set (12.44) and kills per set (13.42) and second in team hitting percentage (.323). Being a versatile setter, he also nailed 184kills, 33 aces, 125 digs and 59 blocks. The work of Smith helped them earn the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which for them will begin on April 25thon the campus of Juniata College. This is Smith's first AVCA All-American award.


Chris Vaughan, a 6-4 outside hitter for the Stevens Institute of Technology, is a sophomore from Medford, N.J. In just his second year as a member of the Ducks, Vaughan has established himself as one of the best in the competitive United Volleyball Conference. His 3.52 kills per set places him seventh in the conference while his team-leading 4.04 points per set has a lot to do with his 213 digs and 67total blocks. Vaughan is now a first-time AVCA All-American.


Luis Vega, a 6-0 outside hitter for Springfield College, is a sophomore from Corozal, Puerto Rico. One of the more dynamic players in 2014, Luis Vega became just the second player in Men's Division III history to record consecutive AVCA National Player of the Week honors when he did it the weeks of April 1st and April 8th.In a team with four AVCA All-Americans, Vega ranks first on the Pride averaging3.87 kills per set to accompany his .362 hitting percentage. Vega earns his first AVCA All-American honor.


Michael Vellutato, a 6-1 setter for Elmira College, is a senior from Topanga, Calif. His 10.32assists per set places him in the top-5 nationally as he led his Soaring Eagles a top-15 national ranking for every week of the season, reaching as high as seventh. His 41 service aces also ranked him eighth in the United Volleyball Conference. Vellutato is now a first-time AVCA All-American.


Connor Wexter, a 6-1 setter for Carthage College, is a senior from New Lenox, Ill. Just the fifth player in Division III Men'sVolleyball history to earn AVCA All-American honor four times, Wexter has led his squad to another berth to a national championship tournament. He currently sits at No. 1 in the country with a 10.88 assists per set average. The No. 5 seed Red Men will take on No. 4 Rivier on April 25th in the NCAA Quarterfinals.


AVCA Division III Second-Team All-America

Chad Albert, a 6-5 middle blocker for Juniata College, is a sophomore from Cranberry Township, Pa. Every opposing attacker has to be aware of where Albert is on the court. Ranking in the top-10 nationally in blocks perset (1.10), Juniata has one of the best starting lineups in the country with four AVCA All-Americans in 2014. This is Albert's first AVCA All-American appearance.


Bez Arslani, a 6-1 outside hitter for Kean University, is a junior from Wayne, N.J. Arslani joins Steve Vahalla as the only two members of the Kean program to be selected AVCA All-Americans. Arslani earned the Skyline Player of the Year after leading the Cougars to a third consecutive conference championship. In the four-set victory over Ramapo to complete the perfect 14-0 conference record, Arslani smashed 21 kills on .326 hitting with 11 digs.


Trevor Barrett, a right side for Medaille College, is a senior from Amherst, N.Y. In February, he became just the seventh player in program history to record 1,000 kills. The First-Team All-UVC honoree led the Mavericks with 3.90 kills per set and third on the team in digs and blocks with 167 and 59, respectively. Barrett is now a first-time AVCA All-American.


Matt Bynon, a 5-9 libero for Rivier University, is a senior from Burnt Hills, N.Y. Placing second in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with 2.56 digs per set, Bynon helped lead the Raiders to an NCAA Tournament berth where they will take on Carthage. Rivier is no stranger to playing big matches against the nation's best with five wins coming against teams currently in the top-15 of the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Bynon earns AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.


Luke Lawatsch, a 6-5 middle blocker for Nazareth College, is a junior from Penfield, N.Y. One of the more feared middles in the sport, Luwatsch ranks nationally in the top-10 averaging 1.13 blocks per set. His 97 total blocks were 36 more behind the second-highest individual total from Tim Zyburt who recorded 61 in the 2014 campaign. This is Lawatsch's second AVCA All-American honor after making it on to the first team a year ago.


Alex McColgin, a 6-4 right side from Juniata College, is a junior from Buffalo, N.Y. One of four Eagles to make All-CVC honors, McColgin proved to be one of the steadiest players in the nation. A "jack of all trades" contributor for one of the top teams in the nation, McColgin averaged nearly three kills per set, and notched96 digs and 68 blocks. He leads the No. 3 ranked team in points with 302.5.McColgin is a first-time AVCA All-American.


Connor Mortland, a 6-5 setter for New York University, is a senior from San Diego, Calif. Moving nearly 3,000 miles across the country from the Golden Coast to the Big Apple, Mortland established himself as one of the most decorated setters in program history. He was a lot more than a traditional setter despite his 10.38assists per set. He attacked at nearly a .400 clip taking 128 swings. His 124digs ranked him second on the Violets while also adding 51 blocks. Mortland ends his NYU playing career a three-time AVCA All-American.


Alec Redlich, a 6-1outside hitter for Lakeland College, is a junior from Wauwatosa, Wisc. After competing the previous 17 seasons at the club level, Redlich led the Muskies to a nationally-ranked Division III program in 2014. Redlich ranks in the top-25 recording 3.58kills per set while finishing second on the team with 173 digs (1.77 per set).He earned Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors the week of February 11thwhen he averaged 15.5 points per match en route to Lakeland knocking off threetop-15 teams, including then-No. 1 Juniata. Redlich is the first player in program history to be selected an AVCA All-American.


Gabe Shankweiler, a 6-2 outside hitter for the Stevens Institute of Technology, is a freshman from Allentown, Penn. Second on the Ducks in points per set (3.89) and kills per set (3.41) to teammate and AVCA First-Team All-American Chris Vaughan, Shankweiler recorded a double-double (14 kills, 11 digs) in their NCAA Tournament first round win over Baruch. For his strong freshman campaign, the Pennsylvania native was selected the UVC's co-Rookie of the Year.


Daniel Smith, a 6-4 middle blocker for the Stevens Institute of Technology, is a junior from Tucson, Ariz. Smith will lead his Ducks into the second round of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 2 seed SUNY New Paltz Hawks. In order for them to be in this position, Smith has had a tremendous 2014 campaign, ranking in thetop-10 nationally hitting at a .414 clip. Defensively, his 116 total blocks(1.09 per set) also puts him amongst the best in the country. Smith earns AVCA All-American honors for the first time.


Jon Storm, a 6-5 outside hitter for Carthage College, is a junior from Naperville, Ill. An All-CVC West Division Honoree, Storm was second on the team with 3.38 kills per set to accompany his 1.72 digs per set. The Red Men will play Rivier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This marks Storm's second consecutive season as an AVCA Second-Team All-American.

 

Paul Syta, a 6-2 setter for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a senior from Fairport, N.Y. Syta was a do-it-all setter for the nationally-ranked Engineers in 2014. In addition to his 750assists (7.35 p/s), the New York native tallied 126 kills, 31 aces, 226 digs(2.22 p/s) and 49 total blocks (0.48 p/s). MIT is ranked No. 6 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, and have remained in the top-10 since the third week of the year. Syta garners AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.


J.P. Tulaka, a 6-5 middle blocker for Carthage College, is a sophomore from Westmont, Ill. His .484 hitting percentage, 1.95 kills per set and 0.86 blocks per set were good enough to be named to the All-CVC West Division Team and his first AVCA All-American award. In Carthage's regular season finale against the College of Mount St. Joseph, Tulaka smashed 10 kills on .471 hitting.


Steven Woessner, a 6-5 middle blocker for SUNY New Paltz, is a freshman from Massapequa Park, N.Y. He garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors last week as he helped the Hawks win their first ever UVC Conference Tournament. He certainly left his mark behind the service line, nailing 13 aces in the final three matches. The 2014 AVCA Newcomer of the Year recorded a .359 hitting percentage, which puts him in the top-20 nationally.

 

 

                                                                                               - AVCA -

 

 

2014 AVCA NAIA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its fifth annual AVCA Men's NAIA All-America Teams.

 

This year's team honors 10 student-athletes: five seniors, two juniors, one sophomore, and two freshmen. This class of distinguished individuals includes three outside hitters, two middle blockers, two setters, two right side hitters, and one libero.

 

Concordia University Irvine, Grand View University and Park University all had two individuals honored, while Lourdes University, Missouri Baptist University, Missouri Valley College, and Clarke University landed one on the list. Earning repeat All-American nods were Rob Cordero (Park), Robert Esser (Missouri Baptist), Mark Metrakos (Concordia University Irvine), and Tyler Wills (Clarke).

 

The selections were made by the AVCA NAIA Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Donan Cruz (Grand View University); Tim Johnson (Hope International University); Dan Mathews (Clarke University); Greg Reitz (Lourdes College) and John Yehling (Missouri Baptist University).

 

 

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Daniel Arteaga      

Park University

RS 

Fr. 

6'5

Caracas, Venezuela 

Pedro Cardoso 

Grand View University 

OH 

Fr.

6'3

Sau Paulo, Brazil 

Harrison Carroll 

Concordia University Irvine 

RS 

Sr.

6'1

Huntington Beach, CA 

Jo'Lon Clark 

Lourdes University 

OH

Jr.

6'2

Compton, CA 

Rob Cordero*** 

Park University 

S

Sr. 

6'6

Yaracuy, Venezuela 

Robert Esser*** 

Missouri Baptist University 

S

Sr.

6'3

Gilbert, AZ 

Ding Hui 

Missouri Valley College 

L

So. 

6'1

Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Mark Metrakos** 

Concordia University Irvine 

MB

Sr.

6'6

Irvine, CA 

Nikola Vukicevic**      

Grand View University 

MB

Sr. 

6'6

Belgrade, Serbia

Tyler Wills***

Clarke University

OH 

Jr.

6'6

Galena, IL 

    

*Denotes number of years named an AVCA NAIA Men's All-American

 

AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year:  To be announced Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

 

Show All (archives)