Fernando Pessoa received the Ed Stein Male Athlete of the Year at the inagural Y Awards (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah (April, 30, 2004) -- Fernando Pessoa and Carlos Moreno received individual awards at the inaugural Y Awards April 7, 2004 sponsored by the Cougar Club. The team was also honored as the Male's Team of the Year.
Senior outside hitter Fernando Pessoa received the Ed Stein Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award. Pessoa switched to the outside hitter position after playing libero his first three years. The switch paid off as Pessoa was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team and earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors twice this season. Last season he received All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors as libero and was an MPSF Academic All-Conference selection.
Pessoa has been a constant producer on the outside, leading the Cougars with 4.12 kills per game and pounding 20 or more kills nine times. He is also a major part of the BYU passing game, contributing 1.53 digs per game.
Fernando Pessoa, who goes by Nando, is a native of Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He started playing volleyball after the Brazilian men's volleyball team won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. He is majoring in exercise science and is married to the former Megan Shupe, a BYU gymnast.
Junior setter Carlos Moreno, known for his energy and enthusiasm, won the Male
Crowd Pleaser. Moreno inspires his teammates to play better and the crowd to cheer louder with his emotional play and celebrations. His hustle and impeccable ability to run the offense have been two of the major reasons the Cougars sit atop the MPSF and the national rankings.
So far this season, Moreno ranks second in the nation at 13.96 assists per game with a total of 1,526 on the season. He needs just 184 assists to pass Jason Watson as the all-time assist leader at BYU.
His play and leadership were recognized in April when the MPSF named him Player of the Year. That honor adds to an already impressive list of accomplishments including Second-Team All-American and a spot on the All-MPSF Second-Team in 2003.
Born and raised in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Moreno comes from a volleyball family. His father Antonio was the captain of the Brazilian National Team at the 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 Olympic Games and his twin sister Anna Laura plays at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.
After finishing second place in the nation last season, the Cougars are looking to bring the National Championship back to Provo. With an overall record of 26-4, a conference record of 20-2, and a nmber one ranking for eight straight weeks, the Cougars are in great position to make that happen.