LONG BEACH -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association today announced its selections for the 2001 AVCA All-America First and Second Teams. Among the names listed were four BYU players, including two-time recipients Hector Lebron and Scott Bunker, as well as Mike Wall and Matt Olsen. The list of 2001 All-Americans marks the first time in BYU volleyball history more than two players were selected to either the first or second teams. Bunker and Lebron become the sixth and seventh BYU players to earn All-America honors in more than one season.
Scott Bunker, now a two-time AVCA All-American, has been 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.
Hector Lebron, who red-shirted in 2000, earned his second AVCA All-America honor after being selected to the 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.
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, Wall was a member of the NCAA National Championship team in 1999.
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.