Moreno, Five Cougars Receive All-MPSF Honors

Junior setter Carlos Moreno was named the 2004 MPSF Player of the Year (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU setter Carlos Moreno was today named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year along with five other Cougars who were named to the All-MPSF teams.

Moreno, a 6-foot-4 junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil ranks second in the nation with 1,414 assists, averaging 14.0 assists per game. Moreno helped lead the top-ranked Cougars to a 24-4 overall record, including 20-2 league record to win the MPSF regular-season championship.

"Since I have been here, Carlos has worked hard to improve his game, which he has," BYU head coach Tom Peterson said. "This year, not only has he improved as a player, but also as a leader. He deserves this award as much as anybody because he makes our offense run. He has been a big part of our success this season.

"This is a great honor for our program as well. For the longest time, we have often considered individual awards as team awards. I'm sure Carlos would say the same thing. We win awards as a team. This is certainly a great award."

Moreno started 101 of the Cougars' 105 games this season, helping the Cougars to a school-record 21 match win streak earlier this season. Moreno was named the AVCA National Player of the Week earlier this season after leading BYU to back-to-back wins over Pepperdine, recording a season-high 77 assists.

One of six children, Moreno was born on New Year's Day to Antonio and Selma Moreno. His twin sister, Anna Laura, plays collegiate volleyball at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. His father, Antonio, was team captain for the Brazilian National Team at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games.

In addition to being named the league's player of the year, Moreno earned first-team honors. Senior Fernando Pessoa earned All-MPSF second-team honors, while Michael Burke was named to the All-MPSF third team. Pessoa was twice named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 3 and again on Feb. 24. He leads the team in kills per game and kills on the season.

Burke leads the team in hitting percentage with a .524 average, while pitching in 1.15 blocks for the season.

BYU seniors Joe Hillman and Jon Alleman, along with sophomore Victor Batista, received All-MPSF honorable mention honors.

To view the complete list of MPSF honorees, visit the MPSF Web site at www. mpsports.org or click here..