2004 All America Team Division I/II

5/5/2004

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AVCA Announces 2004 NCAA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Teams

COLORARO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 5, 2004) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 14th annual AVCA All-America awards for men's volleyball. The awards presentation will occur at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in Honolulu on Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

Long Beach State placed three 49ers on the 2004 AVCA All-America First-Team, including setter Tyler Hildebrand, outside hitter Scott Touzinsky and middle blocker David Lee. This year's AVCA All-America Teams have six players returning to the squads for at least their second season. Pepperdine outside hitters Sean Rooney and Fred Winters also were tabbed to the first team. Rooney is three-time selection to the AVCA All-America Teams and was named to the first team for the second consecutive year. Winters moved up this year from second team to first team. Penn State middle blocker Keith Kowal and libero Ricky Mattei are two-time honorees. Kowal was named to the first-team this year after being on the second team in 2003 and Mattei was selected to the second-team after being a member of the second team in 2002. Brigham Young junior setter Carlos Moreno is a two-time AVCA All-American and is on joined on the first-team by fellow Cougar Fernando Pessoa. UC Irvine senior outside hitter Jimmy Pelzel was named to the second-team this year and was a first-team selection in 2003.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Sean Byron (Rutgers-Newark); Jeff Campbell (Cal State-Northridge); Fred Chao (George Mason); Dave Deuser (Lewis); Tim Koth (Quincy); Ron Larsen (UC San Diego); Joel Walton (Ball State); and Joe Wortmann (Pacific).

To view AVCA All-America Teams picture pages, click here.

AVCA First-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Tyler Hildebrand Long Beach State S So. 6-4 Mesa, Ariz.
Keith Kowal @ Penn State University MB Jr. 6-5 Reading, Pa.
David Lee Long Beach State MB Sr. 6-8 Alpine, Calif.
Carlos Moreno @ Brigham Young University S Jr. 6-4 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fernando Pessoa Brigham Young University OH Sr. 6-4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sean Rooney %* Pepperdine University OH Jr. 6-9 Wheaton, Ill.
Adam Shrader UCLA Lib Sr. 6-3 Solana Beach, Calif.
Scott Touzinsky Long Beach State OH Sr. 6-7 St. Louis, Mo.
Fred Winters @ Pepperdine University OH Sr. 6-5 North Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Zbyszewski IPFW RS/Opp Jr. 6-4 Toronto, Ontario


AVCA Second-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Pedro Azenha University of Hawai'i OH So. 6-5 Sao, Paulo Brazil
Victor Batista Brigham Young University MB So. 6-6 Tamayo, Dominican Republic
Joe Hillman Brigham Young University RS/Opp Sr. 6-7 Las Vegas, Nevada
Ricky Mattei % Penn State University Lib Sr. 5-11 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Evan Patak UC Santa Barbara RS/Opp Fr. 6-8 Pleasanton, Calif.
Jimmy Pelzel * UC Irvine OH Sr. 6-6 Lake Forest, Calif.
Chris Pena UCLA MB Sr. 6-6 Santa Ynez, Calif.
Keith Schunzel Ball State University S Sr. 6-3 St. Louis, Mo.
Ty Tramblie Cal State Northridge S Sr. 6-0 Newport Beach, Calif.
Brian Waite Cal State Northridge MB So. 6-6 Santa Clarita, Calif.

AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Year: Announced May 5 at NCAA Banquet
AVCA Division I-II Newcomer of the Year: Evan Patak, University of California, Santa Barbara

* indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2003
@ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2003
% indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2002
 



AVCA All-America First-Team
Tyler Hildebrand, a 6-4 sophomore setter for Long Beach State University, leads the nation in assist average while directing the 49er offense to a .350 team attack percentage. He ranks fourth all-time in assists at Long Beach State, despite being just a sophomore. Hildebrand averages 14.26 assists, 1.44 digs and 0.69 blocks per game in pacing the Beach to this year's NCAA Tournament.

Keith Kowal, a 6-5 junior middle blocker for Penn State University, was chosen the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year as he leads the nation in hitting percentage at .575. He adds 1.41 blocks per game for seventh-best nationally, along with 4.63 points per game. Kowal, a two-time AVCA All-American, has been named EIVA Player of the Week three times in 2004 and is on pace to break the school single-season hitting percentage record.

David Lee, a 6-8 senior middle blocker for Long Beach State University, averages 3.50 points per game to help the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament this season. He attacks at a .416 percentage with 2.54 kills per game in 2004. Lee provides a team-best 1.46 blocks per game, which ranks third in the NCAA Division I-II statistical rankings.

Carlos Moreno, a 6-4 junior setter for Brigham Young University, runs the Cougar offense to a .364 team attack percentage, which ranks third nationally in NCAA Division I-II. He ranks second nationally in assist average with 14.09 per game, in addition to 1.18 digs and 0.81 blocks per game on defense. Moreno, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year for 2004, has scored 142 points this season, including 80 kills in 109 games played.

Fernando Pessoa, a 6-4 senior outside hitter for Brigham Young University, made the switch from libero to outside hitter this season and earned AVCA All-America First-Team honors in the process. He led the Cougars with a 4.10 kills per game average to go with 1.60 digs and 0.62 blocks per game. Pessoa tallied 26 matches with at least 10 kills this season en route to a .364 attack percentage.

Sean Rooney, a 6-9 junior outside hitter for Pepperdine University, earned his third AVCA All-America award in as many years after leading the Waves to the MPSF semifinals. He ranked sixth nationally in points per game with a 5.41 average. Rooney hit .364 for the season with 25 straight double-digit kills matches to end the season. He added 1.49 digs and 0.67 blocks per game.

Adam Shrader, a 6-3 senior libero at UCLA, averaged 2.47 digs per game to rank eighth nationally in the category. He recorded 10 matches with at least 10 digs and went errorless in serve receive on 14 occasions in 2004. Shrader is a four-time All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection after being named first team in 2004.

Scott Touzinsky, a 6-7 senior outside hitter for Long Beach State, has used a record-breaking season to help the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament. He averages 5.29 points, 4.54 kills, 0.31 aces, 1.67 digs and 0.82 blocks per game in 2004. Touzinsky has 1,612-career kills and set the school record for career aces earlier this season. He became the third player in NCAA history to reach 40 kills in an all-rally scoring match with 40 against BYU on Jan. 30, 2004.

Fred Winters, a 6-5 senior outside hitter for Pepperdine University, ranked third this season in points per game with a 5.68 average en route to earning a second AVCA All-America award. He averaged 4.92 kills as he reached double-digit kills in all 26 matches he played. Winters, who finished his career with 1,525 kills, contributed a .402 hitting percentage in 2004 to go with 1.38 digs per game on defense.

Matt Zbyszewski, a 6-4 junior right side/opposite hitter for IPFW, was selected the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year after leading the nation with 6.65 points and 5.57 kills per game averages. He hit .327 during the season while ranking third nationally in aces per game at 0.54 aces. Zbyszewski reached 30 kills four times in 2004 and was held under 20 kills in just 10 of 24 matches. He added 1.00 blocks and 1.92 digs per game.

AVCA All-America Second-Team
Pedro Azenha, a 6-5 sophomore outside hitter for the University of Hawai'i, showed his athletic diversity this year by averaging 4.86 points, 3.92 kills, 0.58 aces, 1.00 digs and 0.64 blocks per game this season. He was credited with 40 points and 33 kills in a victory over Lewis in the opening weekend of the season. Azenha hit .323 for the year with 20 double-figure kill matches.

Victor Batista, a 6-6 sophomore middle blocker for Brigham Young University, ranks seventh nationally in attack percentage at .452. He averages 1.28 blocks and 2.44 kills per game in his first season with the Cougars. Batista recorded a season-high 24 points versus Long Beach State on Jan. 30.

Joe Hillman, a 6-7 senior right side/opposite hitter for Brigham Young University, has reached 10 or more kills in 23 matches this season, including eight contests in excess of 20 kills. He averages 3.57 kills, 1.09 digs and 0.78 blocks per game as the Cougars have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Hillman scored a career-high 27 kills versus Hawai'i on March 20.

Ricky Mattei, a 5-11 senior libero for Penn State University, is a two-time AVCA All-American as he averaged 2.33 digs per game in 2004. He set the school record for career digs earlier this season and surpassed the 900-dig mark in the EIVA title match. Mattei tallied 10 or more digs in eight matches this season and his passing helped the Nittany Lions to a .357 team attack percentage.

Evan Patak, a 6-8 freshman right side/opposite hitter for the UC Santa Barbara, ranks fourth nationally in points average with 5.63 per game. He reached double-digit kills in 21 matches, including nine matches in excess of 20 kills. Patak, who also was selected AVCA Division I-II Newcomer of the Year, tallied back-to-back 30-kill matches versus Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge in January.

Jimmy Pelzel, a 6-5 senior outside hitter for the UC Irvine, ranks ninth nationally in points per game with a 5.24 average. He set school career records for kills, attack attempts and aces. Pelzel, an AVCA All-America First-Team pick in 2003, recorded double-digit kills in 29 matches this season with a career-high 37 kills versus Stanford.

Chris Pena, a 6-6 senior middle blocker for UCLA, attacked at a .446 percentage in 2004 with 18 matches of 10 kills or more. He averaged 3.61 points, 2.94 kills and 0.74 blocks per game in leading the Bruins into the MPSF Tournament semifinal round. Pena is a three-time All-MPSF selection.

Keith Schunzel, a 6-3 senior setter for Ball State University, paced the Cardinals to a top-10 ranking team attack percentage with a .307 mark. He added defensive averages of 1.65 digs and 0.91 blocks per game, while leading the team in individual attack percentage on 1.39 kills per game. Schunzel was named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team for the third time.

Ty Tramblie, a 6-0 senior setter for Cal State Northridge, ran the Cal State Northridge offense to a .287 team attack percentage and a total of 19 victories. He finished his career with 4,090 assists, which ranks fourth-best all-time at the school. Tramblie helped the Matadors to 13 wins over current nationally ranked teams.

Brian Waite, a 6-6 sophomore middle blocker for Cal State Northridge, led the Matadors with a .402 hitting percentage and ranked fourth nationally in block average with 1.43 per game. He tallied a season-best .765 hitting percentage on 17 swings versus UC San Diego. Waite averaged 3.63 points per game for the Matadors.

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