Futi Tavana Athlete Profile

#17 Futi Tavana

Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-8 Roster Years: 2006 | 2009-2012 Hometown: Saipipi, Samoa Last School: Kauai High School



All-America

  • 2010 AVCA Second Team
  • 2011 AVCA First Team
  • 2012 AVCA First Team

Personal

  • Son of Gaugau and Palagi Tavana of Saipipi, Savaii Samoa
  • Born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • One of seven children
  • Little brother Devin plays football at SUU
  • Enjoys playing all sports and hanging out with friends and family
  • Majoring in business management
  • Would like to be just like his father who has always been a great example of hard work and dedication

Before BYU

  • Attended Kauai HS and played under coach Shawn Doo
  • Second team All-KIF as a sophomore in 2003
  • First team All-KIF as a junior and member of 17's Club Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team
  • Named KIF Player of the Year his senior season in 2005, as well as first team all-state and a member of the 18's Club Junior Olympic All-Tournament Team
  • Also lettered in basketball, where he was named the 2005 Player of the Year as a senior

Stats

 Career Match Highs
Kills: 16 vs. USC, 2/7/09
Attempts: 29 (two times)
Hitting %: .833 vs. Long Beach State on 3/23/12
Digs: 7 vs. UCLA on 4/6/12
Block Assists: 13 (four times)
Block Solos: 3 vs. Stanford, 4/10/09
Total Blocks: 15 (twice)
Service Aces: 1 (twelve times)
Assists: 4 vs. UC Irvine on 1/29/2011 

Year-by-Year stats
Year SP K K/G E TA PCT A SA SE SA/G RE D D/G BS BA TOT B/G
2009 115 255 2.23. 60 505 .387 23 9 48 .08 0 51 .44 16 153 169 1.47
2010 93 200 2.15 54 367 .398 14 12 52 .13 4 52 .56 14 137 151 1.62
2011 105 234 2.23 56 408 .436 23 7 26 .07 2 44 .42 16 144 160 1.52
2012 91 170 1.87 34 353 .385 12 5 21 .05 1 56 .62 14 131 145 1.59
Total 404 859 2.13 204 1634 .401 72 33 147 .08 7 256 .50 60 565 625 1.55


2006 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted 2006 season

2009 | Freshman Year

  • Second-team All-MPSF
  • Played in and started all 30 matches and saw action in 115 sets on the year
  • Led the team with 169 blocks, averaging 1.47 per set
  • Recorded 153 block assists, fourth-most in BYU rally scoring history
  • Third on the team with 256 kills on the year
  • Led the team with a .387 attack percentage, ranking sixth in the conference
  • Named MPSF and National Player of the Week following his back-to-back double-double performances against No. 5 Long Beach State
  • Knocked down a season-high 16 kills against USC on Feb. 7
  • Knocked down double-digit kills 10 times
  • Led the team in blocks in 17 matches
  • Put up a season-high 13 blocks against LBSU on March 21, also a team-high for the season
  • Named Walk-On of the Year at the 2009 Y Awards
  • Led the MPSF and ranked third nationally in blocks per set

2010 | Sophomore Year

  • Named second-team All-American and second team All-MPSF
  • Started 25-of-30 matches following his stellar season as a redshirt freshman in 2009
  • Broke the BYU all-time record for total blocks with 15 (1-14) achieved against then-No. 10 UC Santa Barbara on March 27 - helping BYU achieve a new all-time record for team blocks with 24.5 in the same match
  • His average of 1.62 blocks per set led the MPSF and ranked second nationally
  • Ranked second for the Cougars with 151 blocks
  • Helped the team set a new single-season record for total blocks with 423, 19.5 more than the previous record set in 2009
  • Helped the team be ranked No. 1 in the NCAA and the MPSF in blocks per set with 3.55, while kills per game ranked them No. 4 in the Nation with 15.80

2011 | Junior Year

  • AVCA All-America First Team
  • Named Blocker of the Year in Off-The-Block's inagural season of the award
  • MPSF All-Academic Team
  • All-MSPF First Team
  • Played in 105 sets and started all 28 games
  • Tallied 234 kills, 23 assists, 7 service aces, 44 digs and a team-high 160 blocks that also led the NCAA

2012 | Senior Year

  • Named to the AVCA All-America First Team
  • Named to the All-MPSF First Team
  • Played in 91 sets and 24 matches, starting all 24
  • Missed the first 3 weeks due to an achilles injury
  • Finished the season with 170 kills, a .385 hitting percentage, 6 aces and 155 digs
  • His 1.59 blocks per set ranked second in the NCAA
  • Also contributed a team-high 14 solo blocks and 145 total blocks to bring his career total to 625 and put him in first in the BYU Rally Scoring Era for career total blocks
  • Second in the BYU Rally Scoring Era for solo blocks and first in the BYU Rally Scoring Era for block assists
  • Second in the BYU Rally Scoring Era for his career hitting percentage of .492
  • Season-high 13 kills came in first match back from injury on Feb. 3 against Stanford
  • Season-high .833 hitting percentage came on Mar. 23 against Long Beach State
  • Season-high 7 digs came on Apr. 6 against UCLA
  • Season-high 15 blocks came on Apr. 21 against Long Beach State in the MPSF Quarterfinals (second-most in the BYU Rally Scoring Era for blocks in a single match and tied for first (his own record) in the MPSF Rally Scoring Era)
  • Season-high 2 block assists came 4 different times throughout the season