2001 Men's All America Teams
AVCA All-America Teams Announced
FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2001
Contact: Bill Kauffman, AVCA director of communications
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announces its 11th annual AVCA All-America awards for men's volleyball. The presentation of the awards will occur at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet at the Long Beach Airport Marriott in Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, May 2, 2001.
The 2001 AVCA All-America Teams have eight players returning to the squads for at least their second season. The first-team is led by University of Hawai'i sophomore outside hitter Costas Theocharidis, who was selected the AVCA National Player of the Year for 2001 and is a repeat first-team selection. UCLA senior Adam Naeve earned his fourth AVCA First-Team All-America honor and joins an elite group of three individuals to accomplish the feat. Long Beach State University's David McKienzie, a first-team choice in 2001, also became a three-time AVCA All-American after earning first-team honors in 2000 and second-team honors in 1999.
A total of 64 student-athletes representing 23 schools were nominated for AVCA All-America status. 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); Dave Deuser (Lewis); Tim Koth (Quincy); Ron Larsen (UC San Diego); Ivan Marquez (Concordia); Joel Walton (Ball State); and Joe Wortman (Pacific).
An AVCA All-America picture page containing photos of all 18 selectees can be downloaded by clicking here.
|Fabiano Barreto||Lewis University||Opp||Fr.||6-6||Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Scott Bunker %||Brigham Young University||MB||Sr.||6-5||Beaver, Utah|
|David McKienzie #*||Long Beach State University||Opp||Sr.||6-4||Littleton, Colorado|
|Hector Lebron *||Brigham Young University||Set||Sr.||6-2||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|http://www.avca.org/includes/media/docs/01AAmenpr.asp#Adam Naeve||UCLA||MB||Sr.||6-10||Westchester, California|
|Jose Quinones||Penn State University||Set||Jr||6-3||Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|Costas Theocharidis #||University of Hawai'i||OH||So.||6-3||Orestiada, Greece|
|Mike Wall||Brigham Young University||Opp||Jr.||6-4||Santa Barbara, California|
|Mark Williams||UCLA||OH||Sr.||6-7||Los Angeles, California|
|Keith Barnett||Pepperdine University||Set||Sr.||6-3||Naperville, Illinois|
|Erick Helenihi||University of California Irvine||MB||Jr.||6-8||Orange, California|
|Brad Keenan %||Pepperdine University||MB||So.||6-8||Westminster, California|
|Dejan Miladinovic||University of Hawai'i||MB||Jr.||6-7||Kraljevo, Serbia|
|Matt Olsen||Brigham Young University||MB||Sr.||6-6||Simi Valley, California|
|Jim Polster||Long Beach State University||OH||Sr.||6-6||Laguna Niguel, California|
|Marcus Skacel||Stanford University||OH||Jr.||6-5||Laguna Niguel, California|
|Curt Toppel %||Stanford University||Opp||So.||6-8||Pacific Palisades, California|
|Scott Wong #&||Pepperdine University||OH||Sr.||6-5||Pearl City, Hawai'i|
AVCA Player of the Year: Costas Theocharidis, University of Hawai'i
AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Fabiano Barreto, Lewis University
# indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 2000
% indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 2000
& indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 1999
* indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 1999
@ indicates AVCA First-Team selection in 1998
^ indicates AVCA Second-Team selection in 1997
AVCA All-America First-Team
Fabiano Barreto has a made a splash in his first collegiate season and has been recognized with selection to the AVCA All-America First-Team as a freshman. He ranks sixth nationally in kills per game at 5.04 with a .371 attack percentage. Barreto, who was also selected the AVCA Newcomer of the Year, produced over a .500 attack percentage in six matches and eight matches with at least a 6.0 kill average. He was named the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the week on Feb. 5 after averaging 6.67 kills per game for two matches at the Golden Dome Classic. Barreto, a MIVA All-Conference selection, tallied a season-high 35 kills against Ohio State on Feb. 24 as part of an 8.75 kills per game average for the match. He added 30 kills against BYU on Jan. 27.
Scott Bunker, now a two-time AVCA All-American, was a vital cog in both the Cougars' offense and defense. He ranks 11th nationally in attack percentage with a .415 mark and is second in blocks per game at 1.79. Bunker a MPSF All-Conference First-Team member, recorded 2.15 kills and 1.02 digs per game to round out his play. He hit over .600 percent on seven occasions during the season, including a season-high .857 against La Verne. Bunker ranks fourth all-time at BYU in block assists and total blocks, fifth in block solos and should finish his career ranked second all-time in hitting percentage at .434. Bunker was a member of the Cougars' 1999 NCAA championship team in 1999 and played in 17 matches that season.
David McKienzie becomes a three-time AVCA All-America selection, the last two seasons as a first-team pick. During his career with the 49ers, he ranks fourth all-time in kills with 1,641 and ninth in career digs with 588. McKienzie, who earned MPSF All-Conference First-Team honors, was twice selected the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week in 2001. He tallied a Division I-II season best of 40 kills against UCLA with a .406 hitting percentage and nine digs. He also had 35 kills against UC Irvine and 31 kills versus Brigham Young in a four-game match. Overall, McKienzie had 22 double-figure kill matches as a senior. For the season, he ranked second nationally in kills per game at 5.55 and produced a .341 hitting percentage.
Hector Lebron, who red-shirted in 2000, earned his second AVCA All-America Team honor after being selected second team in 1999. He ranks third nationally in assists per game at 13.55 and played a key role BYU's rise to the top of the national poll. Lebron, a MPSF All-Conference First-Team choice, is one of the nation's top blocking and attacking setters. He converts 52 percent of his attacks into kills and averages 1.05 blocks per game. Lebron, who ranks second on BYU's all-time assist chart with 4,284, currently is a member of the Puerto Rican National Team.
Adam Naeve joins an elite group of three three men's volleyball players to be selected to four AVCA All-America teams during his career. He ranks 14th nationally in attack percentage at .419 and sixth on the national aces per game charts. On the UCLA career charts, Naeve ranks tied for first in services aces at 176, third in kills at 1,556 and fourth in total blocks at 545. He set a school record with 10 service aces against Pepperdine earlier this year. He was named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I-II National Player of the week after leading the Bruins to the MPSF Tournament championship. Naeve, a MPSF All-Conference Second-Team selection, red-shirted in 2000 after trying out with the 2000 United States Olympic Team.
Jose Quinones joins the elite nine-member AVCA All-America First-Team as a multi-dimensional setter. He has averaged 12.91 assists per game, but has been just has effective hitting the ball with a .530 attack percentage on 1.10 kills per game. Quinones, who also averages 0.75 blocks and 1.76 digs in 2001, eclipsed the Penn State University career mark for assist earlier this year, despite being just a junior. He was honored as the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year this season.
Costas Theocharidis has added the AVCA National Player of the Year award to his collection of honors in just his second collegiate season. He is a repeat selection to the AVCA All-America First-Team, following his AVCA Newcomer of the Year season in 2000. Theocharidis finished 2001 with a 5.04 kills per game average to rank fifth nationally, along with an impressive .340 attack percentage. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, he earned the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I-II National Player of the Week honor twice this season. Theocharidis became just the 10th Warrior to reach 1,000 career kills, doing so in just his second season. He managed double-digit kills in all but one match this season. He tallied 30 kills twice this season, topped by a season-high 34 against Pepperdine. Theocharidis and his Warrior teammates did not receive a breather on the schedule as all but one of 26 matches this season were against teams ranked among the USA TODAY/AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll. The Warriors, currently ranked third in the poll, finished the season at 19-7 overall and was 18-7 against nationally ranked teams.
Mike Wall is a first-team AVCA All-American after a solid season attacking the ball for BYU. He currently ranks 11th nationally in kill average at 4.53 per game. With 661 attempts, Wall has attacked at a .366 percentage on the season ranking among the tops nationally for those with 500 or more attacks. He has contributed 10 or more kills in 19 matches this season, including six with 20 more more. Wall, a MPSF All-Conference First-Team selection, tallied a season-high 30 kills against Lewis on Jan. 27 and added 29 kills versus Pepperdine on March 3. As a freshman, MWall was a member of the NCAA national championship team in 1999.
Mark Williams tacked on AVCA All-America to his list of credentials in 2001. He ranks fourth nationally in service ace average with 0.51 per game and is third all-time in UCLA school history with 160. Williams has produced season averages of 2.88 kills and 1.63 digs to help the Bruins to the NCAA National Championship Tournament. In the Bruins' all-time records book, he is fifth in career digs and seventh in career kills at 1,227. Williams, MPSF All-Conference Second-Team choice, played libero for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2000 Sydney Games.
AVCA All-America Second Team
Keith Barnett, who transitioned to setter as a senior in 2001 following two years as an outside hitter, has earned his first AVCA All-America selection by leading the Waves to a top 10 ranking. He finished the season with a 11.67 assist average over 89 games. Keith also added 1.00 kills per game on offense, and defensively chipped in 1.08 blocks and 1.12 digs. Barnett, a MPSF All-Conference Third-Team choice, started the year strong with a 44-assist, 11-block, five-kill, six-dig match against UCLA in the season opener.
Erick Helenihi joins the AVCA All-American fraternity for the first time as a second-team choice in 2001. He was 19th nationally in kill average with 3.84 per game and contributed a .382 attack percentage to the Anteater offense. Helenihi added 95 blocks in 92 games played for a 1.03 block average and was named to the MPSF All-Conference First-Team. He earned the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week and MPSF Player of the Week on March 19.
Brad Keenan has earned consecutive AVCA All-America Second-Team honors in his first two collegiate seasons at two different positions. He moved to middle blocker in 2001 from his starting outside hitter role as a freshman. Keenan, a MPSF All-Conference Second-Team choice, finished the season ranked fourth in block average with 1.69 per game. He attacked at a .418 clip, which ranked 15th nationally. He added 36 aces for a 0.40 average. Keenan compiled back-to-back season-high 17 kills against Hawai'i and UC Irvine.
Dejan Miladinovic, following a red-shirt 2000 campaign to recover from shoulder surgery, earned his first AVCA All-American honor in 2001 as a junior. He leads the nation in block average at 1.97 per game and is 17th in attack percentage at .408. Miladinovic, a MPSF Second-Team all-conference selection, twice recorded double-digit block matches, including a season-high 13 against Stanford in a three-game match.
Matt Olsen is making his first appearance on the AVCA All-America Team as a second-team selection. As a senior, he leads the nation in attack percentage with a robust .527 percentage. He turned in even better numbers against ranked teams as he compiled a .560 attack percentage versus top 15 teams. Olsen, named to the MPSF All-Conference Third-Team, also added 2.15 kills and 1.28 blocks per game for the Cougars in 2001. He produced 10 or more kills five times this season and five or more blocks nine different times.
Jim Polster has put solid all-around numbers en route to being named to his first AVCA All-America team. He averaged 3.53 kills, 0.89 blocks and 1.62 digs per game for the fourth-ranked 49ers. Jim ranked 14th nationally in service aces per game at 0.46. He was selected to the all-tournaments teams at the Long Beach ASICS/Beach Bash and the 2001 Hall of Fame Classic. Polster, who was selected MPSF All-Conference Third-Team, recorded 18 double-figure kill matches this season for second best on the team. He ranks fifth on the Long Beach all-time kill chart with 1,360 career kills and sixth in digs with 688.
Marcus Skacel earned a spot on the AVCA All-America Second Team as a multi-dimensional force for the Cardinal. He ranked 16th nationally in kills with 4.12 per game, and was 12th nationally in digs with 1.99 per game. Skacel, selected to the MPSF All-Conference Third-Team, was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on March 14 following back-to-back matches of 23 and 22 kills against UCLA and UC Irvine respectively.
Curt Toppel, a two-time selection as AVCA All-America Second-Team, ranked third nationally in kills per game at 5.35. He was named the MPSF Player of the Week on Jan. 24 following a 30-kill, 10-dig performance in a 3-2 win over Pepperdine. He reached 20 kills on eight occasions during the season and totaled 364 kills as a sophomore. Toppel, an MPSF All-Conference Second-Team selection, tallied at least double-digit kills in all but two matches in 2001.
Scott Wong completed his collegiate career with his third consecutive AVCA All-America Team selection. He earned AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Feb. 19, which included a double-double of 16 kills and 15 digs against Long Beach State. Wong, a MPSF All-Conference Second Team selection, posted double-digit kills in 18 of 23 matches with a season-high 23 against Hawai'i. He completed the season hitting .312 and averaging 3.50 kills per game.