Four Cougars Named Academic All-MPSF

Senior Brian Congelliere is one of four Cougars who received Academic All-MPSF honors on Tuesday (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

WOODLAND -- Four members of the men's volleyball team were recognized as 2008 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Academic All-Conference selections, the MPSF announced Wednesday. BYU's three setters, Brian Congelliere, Reed Chilton and Yamil Perez received the academic honor, along with libero Leandro Justen.

The Cougars joined 37 other student-athletes from around the conference who met the specific criteria set forth by the MPSF. Student-athletes, who were at least a sophomore academically, were awarded for maintaining a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, having completed at least one full academic year at BYU and participating in 50 percent or more of the team's matches.

As a senior, Congelliere led the 2008 Cougars with 633 assists and 9.74 assists per game. He played in 22 matches and 65 games throughout the season. Congelliere set career highs at UC Irvine, recording 69 assists and 11 digs in his first career double-double.

Chilton, a sophomore civil engineering major, returned to compete in 2008 after suffering a knee injury the previous year. He played in 24 of the team's 30 matches and saw action in 64 games throughout the season. He was second on the team behind Congelliere with 599 assists on the year, and was also second among setters with 24 blocks.

In his first year at BYU, Justen, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism, saw action in 28 of the team's 30 matches throughout the 2008 season. He started at libero in the first two matches of the season, and recorded a season-high 13 digs at UC San Diego.

A two-time MPSF All-Academic honoree, Perez saw limited action throughout the season due to two ankle sprains, and was used primarily for serving purposes during his recovery. He ended the season strong, however, starting four of the last five matches of the season, and recording a season-high 49 assists in the MPSF Championship match against Pepperdine.

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2008 MPSF MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS

Leandro Justen Junior 3.87 Outside Hitter Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil

Reed Chilton Sophomore 3.74 Setter Centerville, OH/Centerville HS

Brian Congelliere Senior 3.37 Setter Newbury Park, CA/St. Louis School

Yamil Perez Sophomore 3.05 Setter Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista