2009 AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Teams

5/4/2009

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2009) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 18th Annual AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Teams. The awards will be presented at the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of Brigham Young University on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

Defending national champion Penn State University leads the way with five players lauded as AVCA Division I-II Men's All-American, placing three on the first team, and two on the second team. Four athletes from UC Irvine received the honor, while Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State University, Stanford University and the University of Southern California all had two honorees each. 

 

Pepperdine University right side/opposite Paul Carroll headlines this year's selections as the only three-time AVCA All-America honoree among the recipients, with the senior sparkplug garnering First-Team plaudits for three consecutive seasons. Penn State's Max Holt and Cal State Northridge's Eric Vance join Carroll as the only repeat First-Team selections from a year ago, while Dean Bittner (Long Beach State), Max Lipsitz (Penn State) and Kawika Shoji (Stanford) all make the transition to the First-Team, as each garnered Second-Team accolades last season.


The 2009 selections were made by the AVCA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Pete Hanson (Ohio State); Fred Chao (George Mason); Bill Ferguson (Southern California); Dan Friend (Lewis); John Kosty (Stanford); Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Mike Rumbaugh (Saint Francis); John Speraw (UC Irvine) and Joel Walton (Ball State).

 

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

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Ryan Ammerman

University of California, Irvine

S

Sr.

6-9

Parker, Colorado

Dean Bittner +

Long Beach State University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-7

Lakewood, California

Paul Carroll *#

Pepperdine University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-8

Forster, Australia

Max Holt *

Penn State University

MB

Sr.

6-9

Cincinnati, Ohio

Max Lipsitz +

Penn State University

MB

Jr.

6-7

Williamsville, New York

Will Price

Penn State University

OH

Jr.

6-5

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Erik Shoji

Stanford University

DS/Lib.

Fr.

6-0

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Kawika Shoji +

Stanford University

S

Jr.

6-3

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Murphy Troy

University of Southern California

OH

So.

6-8

St. Louis, Missouri

Eric Vance *

Cal State Northridge

OH

Sr.

6-4

Camarillo, California

 

 

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

  

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Tony Ciarelli

University of Southern California

OH

Fr.

6-6

Huntington Beach, California

Carson Clark

University of California, Irvine

RS/Opp.

R-Fr.

6-5

Santa Barbara, California

Dennis Del Valle +

Penn State University

DS/Lib.

So.

5-8

Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Jordan DuFault

University of California, Irvine

OH

So.

6-4

Lakewood, California

Edgardo Goas

Penn State University

S

R-Fr.

6-5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Drew Pickering

Lewis University

OH

Sr.

5-10

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Jacek Ratajczak

Cal State Northridge

MB

Jr.

7-0

Warsaw, Poland

Jordan Varee

Saint Francis University

RS/Opp.

Jr.

6-3

Conneautville, Pennsylvania

Dustin Watten

Long Beach State University

DS/Lib.

Sr.

6-0

Long Beach, California

Kevin Wynne

University of California, Irvine

MB

So.

6-7

Mission Viejo, California

 

AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year: Announced at NCAA Championship Banquet on May 6

AVCA Division I-II Men's Newcomer of the Year: Erik Shoji, Stanford University, Fr.

* - 2008 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2008 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection

# - 2007 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection

 

 

 

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

 

Ryan Ammerman, a 6-9 setter for the University of California, Irvine, is a senior from Parker, Colo.  An All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) First-Team selection Ammerman leads the team and ranks among the nation's elite in assists per game, while also guiding the Anteaters to a top-five team hitting percentage.  He is earning his first AVCA All-America award.

 

Dean Bittner, a 6-7 right side/opposite for Long Beach State University, is a junior from Lakewood, Calif.  The All-MPSF First-Team selection ranks second nationally in kills per game, and also sits among the nation's elite in aces per game. This marks Bittner's second AVCA All-America honor, as he was a Second-Team recipient in 2008.

 

Paul Carroll, a 6-8 right side/opposite hitter for Pepperdine University, is a senior from Forster, Australia.  He leads the nation in kills per game for the second-consecutive season and is a three-time All-MPSF First-Team honoree.  Carroll, only the 4th Wave to reach the 2,000 career kills plateau, grabs his third AVCA All-America award, also having garnered First-Team in each of the past two seasons.

 

Max Holt, a 6-9 middle blocker for Penn State University, is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Holt, the 2009 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Player of the Year, ranks first in the nation in aces per game and hitting percentage. The EIVA All-East First-Team honoree is earning his second-consecutive AVCA First-Team All-American distinction.

 

Max Lipsitz, a 6-7 middle blocker for Penn State University, is a junior from Williamsville, N.Y. The EIVA All-East First-Team selection ranks third nationally in hitting percentage and also finds himself among the country's elite in blocks per set. Lipsitz is now a two-time AVCA All-American, also garnering Second-Team laurels in 2008.

 

Will Price, a 6-5 outside hitter for Penn State University, is a junior from Gaithersburg, Md.  Price, an EIVA All-East First-Team selection, ranks in the top-10 in the nation in aces per game and also sits among the national leaders in digs and kills per set. This is the first AVCA All-America award for Price.

 

Erik Shoji, a 6-0 libero for Stanford University, is a freshman from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Shoji, in just his first collegiate season, led the nation in digs per set, en route to earning All-MPSF Second-Team and All-MPSF Freshman Team laurels. This marks the first time Shoji has earned AVCA All-America accolades.

 

Kawika Shoji, a 6-3 setter for Stanford University, is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i.  An All-MPSF First-Team honoree, Shoji ranked among the national elite in assists per set, while also guiding Stanford to one of the nation's best team hitting percentages. Shoji now earns his second AVCA All-America plaudit, after landing a Second-Team spot in 2008.

 

Murphy Troy, a 6-8 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo.  Troy, who ranks in the top-ten nationally in kills per set, also sits among the nation's best in aces and hitting percentage. The All-MPSF First-Team selection earns his first AVCA All-America distinction.

 

Eric Vance, a 6-4 outside hitter for Cal State Northridge, is a senior from Camarillo, Calif.  Ranking third nationally in kills and aces per game and also among the country's best in hitting percentage, Vance was an All-MPSF First-Team selection this season. This marks Vance's second-career First-Team All-America honor, as he also earned the distinction in 2008.

 

 

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

 

Tony Ciarelli, a 6-6 outside hitter for the University of Southern California, is a freshman from Huntington Beach, Calif. Ciarelli, who was named to the All-MPSF Freshman Team, ranks among the nation's leaders in kills per game, digs per game and hitting percentage. This is his first nod as an AVCA All-American.

 

Carson Clark, a 6-5 right side/opposite hitter for UC Irvine, is a freshman from Santa Barbara, Calif.  The team-leader in kills per game is ranked among the nation's leaders in that category, and also ranks nationally in hitting percentage.  The All-MPSF First-Team honoree is receiving his first AVCA All-America recognition.

 

Dennis Del Valle, a 5-8 libero for Penn State University, is a sophomore from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.  Del Valle, an All-EIVA First-Team honoree, is among the top five in Division I in digs per game, and has 16 double-digit dig matches, including tying the school rally-scoring era record twice with 18 digs.  Del Valle is a two-time AVCA All-American, having garnered Second-Team honors in 2008 as well.

 

Jordan DuFault, a 6-4 outside hitter for top-ranked UC Irvine, is a sophomore from Lakewood, Calif. Nationally ranked in kills per game, digs per game, blocks per game and hitting percentage, DuFault was selected to the All-MPSF Third Team for the first time this season. He is also receiving his first recognition as an AVCA All-American.

 

Edgardo Goas, a 6-5 setter for Penn State University, is a redshirt freshman from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Goas was ranked nationally in assists per game, blocks per game, and led the Nittany Lions to the No. 1 ranking in the nation in team hitting percentage. For his efforts, he earned EIVA Newcomer of the Year, EIVA All-East First-Team honors, and garnered his first nod as an AVCA All-American.

 

Drew Pickering, a 5-10 outside hitter for Lewis University, is a senior from Wauwatosa, Wis.  Pickering, the MIVA Player of the Year, led the conference in kills per game and ranked among the nation's leaders in that category as well.  This is Pickering's first AVCA All-America honor, and the first for the Flyers since 2003.

 

Jacek Ratajczak, a 7-0 middle blocker for Cal State University Northridge, is a junior from Warsaw, Poland.  Ratajczak ranks in the top five in the nation in hitting percentage, and is among the elite in Division I in blocks per game, as well.  Ratajczak, who was All-MPSF Second-Team, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Jordan Varee, a 6-3 right side/opposite for Saint Francis University, is a junior from Conneautville, Pa. The three-time All-EIVA selection - an EIVA All-East First-Team mention this year -- is ranked nationally in kills, aces and digs per game and also hitting percentage. Varee is receiving his first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Dustin Watten, a 6-0 libero for Long Beach State University, is a senior from Long Beach, Calif.  Watten, an All-MPSF Second-Team honoree, ranked among the top-five in the nation in digs per game, and set a new 49er record with 358 digs during his senior season.  Watten is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Kevin Wynne, a 6-7 middle blocker for UC Irvine, he is a sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif. An All-MPSF Second-Team selection, Wynne was a strong defensive presence on the front line of the Anteater lineup, and is ranked nationally in blocks per game. Wynne is a first time AVCA All-American.

 

 

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