1991 Men's National Player of the Year
University of Southern California's Bryan Ivie Named 1991 AVCA Player of the Year
San Mateo, Calif. - Bryan Ivie, 6-7 outside hitter from the University of Southern California, has been named the first ever NCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
A four-year starter and two-year captain for the Trojans, Ivie has been the ringleader in USC's drive to its second straight national championship. The top-ranked Trojans under the direction of head coach Jim McLaughlin enter this weekend's NCAA final four in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a 26-1 record.
With Ivie on the roster, USC has compiled an impressive 114-23 record, including NCAA titles in 1988 and 1990. He could become the first player since UCLA's Ricci Luyties (1983-84) to win back-to-back NCAA Championship Tournament MVP honors.
This season Ivie has been nothing short of sensational, racking up nationally-ranked totals in kills (715), blocks (185), and service aces (40) while hitting an impressive 0.461 clip. His 51 kills against UCLA ranks second all-time, one of 18 matches where Ivie has clicked for 20 or more kills in a match this season. Nicknamed 'Poison', Ivie earned MVP honors at the UCSB Collegiate Invitational and the Clash of the Titans while landing all-tournament honors at the UCLA Classic and the IPFW Invitational this season.
The only unanimous selection on the prestigious six-member all-WIVA team in 1991, Ivie will finish his brilliant career as the NCAA's all-time leader in kills (2,325) and blocks (647). A two-year member of the USA National Team, Ivie is a three-time all-America honoree, a four-time all-WIVA selection (first team 1990-91, second team 1988-89), and has received WIVA Player of the Week honors six times in his career. He was the Asics/Volleyball Monthly Player of-the Year in 1990 after earning Asics/Volleyball Monthly Freshman of the Year accolades in 1988.
Ivie is majoring in Economics at USC. He attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and is the son of Floy and Ella Ivie of Manhattan Beach.
The AVCA will formally present its National Player of the Year Awards at the AVCA National Convention this December in Los Angeles. Ivie will be honored with the Player of the Year recipients for NCAA, NAIA and JC/CC women's volleyball in a special banquet ceremony