#17 Futi Tavana, position: middle blocker, height: 6-8, year: sophomore, hometown: Kalaheo, HI, last school: Kauai HS, major: business management
SOPHOMORE– (2009–2010):
  • Named second-team All-American and second team All-MPSFS
  • 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
FRESHMAN – (2008–2009):
  • 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
REDSHIRT - (2005–2006):
  • Redshirted 2006 season
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
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 Snow College
  • 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
YEAR G K K/G E TA PCT A SA SE SA/G RE D D/G BS BA TOT B/G
2009 115 256 2.23 60 506 0.387 23 9 48 0.08 0 51 0.44 16 153 169 1.47
  • Kills: 16 vs. USC, 2/7/09
  • Attempts: 29 (two times)
  • Digs: 6 vs. Penn State, 3/13/09
  • Block Assists: 13 vs. LBSU, 3/21/09
  • Block Solos: 3 vs. Stanford, 4/10/09
  • Total Blocks: 13 vs. LBSU, 3/21/09
  • Service Aces: 1 (nine times)
  • Assists: 3 vs. Stanford, 4/10/09
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