AVCA Men's National Player of The Year Awards


Division I-II Player of the Year | Division III Player of the Year | NAIA Player of the Year 


AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year

Taylor Crabb - Long Beach State University


Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Long Beach State University outside hitter Taylor Crabb has been named the 2013 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 UCLA. The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, to be played May 2 and 4 at Pauley Pavilion on UCLA's campus.

Crabb, a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, played a crucial role in leading Long Beach State to a 24-8 record, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament runner-up, and a top-5 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll since February 4.

He currently sits at No. 3 in the nation in kills per set at 4.18, No. 4 in points per set at 4.71 and is in the top-10 with a .353 hitting percentage.  Defensively, his 209 digs place him second on the team to go along with his 72 total blocks.

Crabb's consistency recording eight 20-plus kill performances led the 49ers to a third-seed in the MPSF Tournament, where he recorded 50 kills in three matches.  His best two performances came in the final two, smashing 23 kills hitting .362 in the semifinals against No. 2 seed UC Irvine then nailed another 16 with nearly a .400 attack percentage in the loss to No. 1 BYU in the MPSF Championship Match.

The first-time AVCA All-American finishes his third year with 1,097 career kills.  His other career numbers include 1,245.5 points, 577 digs, 158 blocks and 56 service aces. 

Crabb becomes the third 49er to be named AVCA National Player of the Year after Brent Hilliard won it in 1992 and Paul Lotman co-won it with Penn State's Matt Anderson in 2008.


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)


2013 AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Year

EJ Wells-Spicer - Nazareth College

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2013) -  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Nazareth College senior setter EJ Wells-Spicer has been named the 2013 Men's Division III National Player of the Year.


The presentation was made at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet in Rochester, New York.  The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship, to be played April 26-28 on the campus of Nazareth College.


The Nazareth Golden Flyers have had an unprecedented year in 2013, starting this season's campaign with 31 consecutive victories and an eventual United Volleyball Conference Championship under the senior leadership of Wells-Spicer.  In the UVC Championship Match against No. 6 Stevens, he accumulated 39 assists in the sweep in addition to the 94 assists he tallied in the previous two matches of the UVC Tournament.


Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Phelps, NY native leads the nation averaging 11.55 assists per set.  He helped set fellow AVCA All-Americans Robert Kraft (.488 hitting percentage), Luke Lawatsch (.484) and Tim Zyburt (.320) to fantastic years.  Overall as a team, the Golden Flyers hit .327 ending regular season play as No. 1 in overall assists per set at 12.83.


The two-time Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week enters the 2013 postseason with an astounding 111-29 overall record in his four years, including a Molten Division III National Championship in 2011.  Earlier this week, Wells-Spicer was one of four Nazareth players to be named AVCA All-Americans, but one distinction he earns all to himself is being the first player in program history to be named the AVCA Player of the Year.

AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year

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


2014 AVCA NAIA Men's National Player of the Year

Pedro Cardoso  - Grand View University 


DENVER, Colo. (April 9, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Grand View University (26-2) outside hitter Pedro Cardoso as the 2014 NAIA Men's National Player of the Year.


The freshman wasted no time in making an impact on the current No. 2 team in the nation. In the NAIA North Conference Tournament Championship Match against No. 7 Ambrose, Cardoso nailed a match-high 12 kills to send his team to their first ever appearance in the NAIA Invitational Tournament. For his efforts, he was selected the conference's Newcomer/Freshman of the Year.


The Sau Paulo, Brazil native had a tremendous year serving the ball for the Vikings, leading the NAIA with 68 aces (0.88 per set). In a match against Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on February 22nd, he notched eight aces while recording a total of six on three other occasions. He is also ranked nationally with 3.35 kills per set and a .330 hitting percentage. Cardoso tallied 24 kills at Clarke on February 19th, which is good for a tie for ninth for kills in a single match in the NAIA. Defensively, he places second on his squad with 129 digs (1.68/set) and third in blocks with 37 (0.48/set).


The Vikings will continue their magical season in pool play on Thursday, April 10th when they play No. 4 Clarke. Grand View is one of the hottest teams in the nation with not having lost since March 7th against Concordia, a span of nine matches. In those nine matches they have dropped just a total of three sets.