AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year
Taylor Sander - Brigham Young University
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 30, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Brigham Young University outside hitter Taylor Sander has been named the 2014 AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Year.
The presentation was made at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of the Loyola University Chicago. The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament at Gentile Arena in Chicago.
Sander, a native of Huntington Beach, California, will go down as one of the greatest players to don the blue and white. He became just the 11th player in Division I-II Men's history to garner AVCA All-American accolades for four years, earning second team honors in 2011 then making the first team the next three years. The two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year has his Cougars in the NCAA Semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Cougars defeated Stanford University last weekend to earn their second straight MPSF Tournament crown.
He currently owns the program record in the rally-scoring era for kills (1,715) and service aces (178). The 51 aces this season ties him for first for the single-season ace record. In the 2014 national ranks, he's first in points per set with 5.43, second in kills per set with 4.55 and fifth in service aces per set with 0.49. His 1.56 digs per set are second on the squad and 78 total blocks are third.
Sander becomes the second member of the Cougars program to be named AVCA National Player of the Year after Carlos Moreno won it in 2004.
2014: Taylor Sander (BYU)
2013: Taylor Crabb (Long Beach State)
2012: Tony Ciarelli (USC)
2011: Murphy Troy (USC)
2010: Kawika Shoji (Stanford)
2009: Paul Carroll (Pepperdine)
2008: Matt Anderson (Penn State), Paul Lotman (Long Beach State)
2007: Jonathan Winder (Pepperdine)
2006: Jayson Jablonsky (UC Irvine)
2005: Sean Rooney (Pepperdine)
2004: Carlos Moreno (BYU)
2003: Costas Theocharidis (Hawai'i)
2002: Brad Keenan (Pepperdine)
2001: Costas Theocharidis (Hawai'i)
2000: Donald Suxho (USC)
1999: George Roumain (Pepperdine)
1998: George Roumain (Pepperdine)
1997: Ivan Contreras (Penn State)
1996: Yuval Katz (Hawai'i), Stein Metzger (UCLA)
1995: Jeff Nygaard (UCLA)
1994: Jeff Nygaard (UCLA)
1993: Canyon Ceman (Stanford)
1992: Brent Hilliard (Long Beach State)
1991: Bryan Ivie (USC)
David Evans - Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, N.J. (April 23, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Stevens Institute of Technology senior outside hitter David Evans has been named the 2015 Men's Division III National Player of the Year.
The presentation was made at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet in Hoboken, N.J. The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship, to be played April 24-26 on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology.
K/S Hitting % SA D/S
3.63 .362 30 1.53
Two-time AVCA All-American (second team in 2012)
One of four AVCA All-Americans in this year's class on the Ducks
Second on the team with 272 kills and tied for first with 30 service aces
Named United Volleyball Conference Player of the Year
Had a season-high 23 kills on .556 hitting against now-No. 13 Rutgers-Newark
In that match, recorded his 1,000th career kill
Second all-time AVCA Player of the Year award for Stevens (2009: Andrew Cranford)
Evans on taking last year off...
"Ryan Seifert and I took last year off and the weight room really helped us. It's been a blessing to come back to such a deep team. Playing with all of these guys is such a privilege."
Evans on handling team depth...
"The practices when they're just as hard if not harder than the games are huge because everyone is trying to show they deserve to be on the court."
AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year
2015: David Evans, Stevens Institute of Technology
2014: Jimmy O'Leary, Springfield College
2013: EJ Wells-Spicer, Nazareth College
2012: Randy Hansen, Carthage College
2011 Cal Palumbo, Springfield College
2010 AJ Nally, Springfield College
2009 Andrew Cranford, Stevens Institute of Technology
2008 Bryan Shires, UC Santa Cruz
2007 Matt Werle, Juniata College
2006 Chris Schmidt, New York University
2005 Ricky Ziegler, Juniata College
2004 Kenny Eiser, Juniata College
2015 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year
Caio Souza - Park University
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 22, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce Park University Middle Blocker Caio Souza as the 2015 NAIA Men's National Player of the Year.
SP K/S Hitting % B/S PTS/S
97 2.5 0.477 1.4 3.3
First-Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference
Places first in the nation in blocks per set and helped Park also be the NAIA's top blocking team (3.23)
Similar with hitting percentage, Souza is tops in that category as is Park (.300)
Selected the NAIA Player of the Week on March 2 and March 24
Pirates claim No. 2 seed in the NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament
Head Coach Mike Talamantes: "Caio is one of the best at putting the ball away when he gets opportunities. He's also one of the best you'll see at the net. He has a nose for the ball and is able to use his length to really disrupt opposing hitters. Even if he doesn't get a block, he alters a lot of attacks, and that helps our defense as well as setting up our offense for good situations."
2015 - Caio Souza, Park University
2014 - Pedro Cardoso, Grand View University
2013 - Naseri Tumanuvao, Concordia University Irvine
2012 - Dan Dowjotas, St. Ambrose University
2011 - Levi Cabral, California Baptist University
2010 - Blair Penner, California Baptist University