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 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)


2014 AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Year

Jimmy O'Leary - Springfield College

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (April 24, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Springfield College senior middle blocker Jimmy O'Leary has been named the 2014 Men's Division III National Player of the Year.


The presentation was made at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship, to be played April 25-27 on the campus of Juniata College.


Thanks to the play of Jimmy O'Leary, Springfield College is making another run for their third consecutive NCAA National Championship. He's currently tops in the country in hitting percentage at .501 and No. 3 in blocks per set with 1.18. O'Leary has proven to be at his best against the top teams in the nation, hitting at a .471 clip (two kills per set) with 53 total blocks (1.20) against AVCA nationally ranked teams this season. Against a hot Medaille squad (then-No. 9) at the Springfield Invitational in early April, O'Leary and his Pride held the Mavericks to a .011 team hitting percentage and AVCA All-American Trevor Barrett to just eight kills on 29 swings. In that match, O'Leary smashed nine kills on .500 hitting with four blocks.


This is the third AVCA National Player of the Year award for Springfield, with this being their third honor in the last five years. Their previous winners were AJ Nally in 2010 and Cal Palumbo in 2011. The Pride kicks off their NCAA Tournament run against Endicott on Friday, April 25th at 12:30 PM ET.

AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year


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


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.