Junior setter Carlos Moreno became the first player in BYU volleyball history to earn the AVCA Division I-II National Player-of-the-Year award. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
HONOLULU -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association has named BYU setter Carlos Moreno as the Dvision I-II National Player of the Year. Moreno, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil is the first player in BYU history to earn the AVCA National Player-of-the-Year title.
"I play on a very good team," Moreno said. "I think it is a great honor, but this comes because of my teammates. We have excellent outside hitters, we have excellent middle blockers, we have excellent players and that gives me confidence. I know I can set for anyone of those guys. I have a lot of options."
"As much as anybody, Carlos deserves Player of the year," BYU coach Tom Peterson said. "He's the guy who runs the offense of the team with the best record in the country this season. He would be the first to tell you this is a team award. That's just indicative of why he has played so well this year. It has been a complete team effort to be where we are this season and Carlos is one of the main reasons."
Moreno, a 6-foot-4 junior, was also named to the AVCA All-America first-team after being a second-team selection in 2003. He has run the Cougar offense to a .364 team attack percentage, which ranks third nationally in NCAA Division I-II. Moreno, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, ranks second nationally in assist average with 14.09 per game while adding 1.18 digs and 0.81 blocks per game on defense. He has scored 149.5 points this season, including 83 kills in 113 games played.
Moreno needs just 119 assists to overtake Jason Watson as the Cougars' all-time assist leader. In just over three seasons, Moreno currently ranks second all-time at BYU with 4,531 career assists.
"Obviously there is a great tradition here at BYU," Peterson said. "With names like Millar, Antonetti, Watson, Sinclair, Lebron, Larkin, Acosta and many others, to be listed among the top names in BYU volleyball history is a great honor for Carlos--it's a great honor for our team."
Moreno, a two-time All-American, has recorded 50 or more assists in 18 matches this season, including a 64-assist night versus Stanford on Feb. 21. He totaled a season-high 77 assists versus Pepperdine on March 13 en route to being named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week on March 15.
BYU won the MPSF regular season with a 20-2 league record and claimed the MPSF Tournament championship. The Cougars won a school-record 21 consecutive matches earlier this season and are 27-4 heading into the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship semifinals against Lewis University. BYU has been ranked number-one in the USA Today/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll for nine consecutive weeks. The Cougars are 22-4 versus currently ranked teams.
Formal presentation of the AVCA All-America and National Player of the Year awards were made Wednesday, May 5, at the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Honolulu.