Perez Headlines Six Cougars Honored by MPSF

Setter Yamil Perez was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU setter Yamil Perez was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year, headlining five Cougars that were honored with MPSF awards.

Perez joins All-MPSF First-Team selection Yosleyder Cala along with All-MPSF Second-Team selections Russell Holmes and Ivan Perez. Opposite Robby Stowell was named MPSF Honorable Mention.

"I'm happy for our guys they are all very deserving of these awards," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "They are team awards. Without our entire team playing in their respective roles, we wouldn't have won any of these awards."

In his first year playing at BYU, redshirt freshman Yamil Perez led the No. 2 nationally ranked Cougars to a second-place MPSF conference finish and a #2 seed in the MPSF Championship Tournament. Perez leads the MPSF in assists, averaging 13.81 assists per game, while setting the Cougars to a team .350 hitting percentage.

Impressively, Perez also leads all teams nationally in assists, averaging 13.68 per game against all opponents. As BYU's primary setter, Perez set the Cougars to a hitting percentage of over .300 hitting in 22 of BYU's 27 matches this season. The Cougars won every match in which they hit over .300. Perez also possesses a powerful serve as he has recorded 20 aces on the season, good for third on BYU's team. Perez is also second on the Cougars' squad in digs per game, averaging 1.48.

Cala led the Cougars with 274 kills in 66 MPSF games, averaging 4.15 kills per game. Cala also hit an impressive .402 while averaging 1.41 digs per game and tied for a team-best in service aces with 17. Cala had the best individual hitting performance of the year when he knocked down 19 kills while hitting .905.

Holmes had won of the best blocking seasons of any BYU blocker. Holmes set a new school record with 26 block solos in a season. Holmes had 20 alone in MPSF play, which is just two shy of the previous school record. Holmes tallied 184 kills while hitting a team-best .449 for the Cougars. He averaged 1.43 blocks per game in league play and tied Cala for the team-lead with 17 service aces.

Ivan Perez provided an excellent balance of offense and defense for the Cougars throughout the season. Perez was second on the Cougars with 272 kills, averaging 3.63 kills per game. Perez also hit an impressive .376 and tallied 16 service aces. He was also second on the team 1.50 digs per game and third with 0.95 blocks per game. Perez led BYU with 326.5 points in MPSF play.

Stowell tallied 265 kills (3.63 kpg), 103 digs (1.41 dpg) and 52 total blocks (0.71 bpg).