Seven Cougars Earn Academic All-MPSF Honors

Senior Yamil Perez was named Academic All-MPSF all four years as a Cougar. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

WOODLAND -- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation has announced the MPSF All-Academic scholar-athletes for the 2010 Men’s Volleyball season, with seven BYU players topping the list.

Seniors Yamil Perez and Reed Chilton garner the award for the fourth and third consecutive year, respectively while junior Kevin Sagers and senior Kent Tuttle receive the honor for the second year in a row. Sophomores Robb Stowell and Russell Lavaja and senior Andrew Stewart all earn the honor for the first season of their careers.

The seven honorees marks the most for BYU in school history.

The Cougars are among 47 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 their current institution prior to the 2009 season and participated in 50-percent or more of the team's matches.

Perez played in 92-of-119 sets during the 2010 season, where he averaged 4.67 sets per set and led the team in assists in seven matches. He tallied 12 service aces on the season, leading the team in three games. He also tallied a career-high 14 digs against St. Francis on March 13, leading the team in digs and assists in that match.

As a team captain, Chilton tallied over 1,099 assists this season, averaging 12.49 assists per set, helping his team to a .316 overall hitting percentage. He ranks 15th in the nation for assists per game and also ranks fifth in BYU all-time career assists. Chilton started all but three matches and led the Cougars in assists in all but seven matches.

Sagers played in 98-of-119 sets during the 2010 season for the Cougars, tallying 256 kills on .264 hitting, seven assists, 10 service aces, 108 digs, two solo blocks and 50 total blocks. He started in 21-of-31 matches, including seven-straight, leading the team in kills in two games, in attempts in one game, in aces in one game, and in digs in two games.

Tuttle played in 72 sets on the season, chalking up 130 kills, 53 digs and 32 blocks. He started in four matches and led the team in kills in two matches. Earned a season-high 20 kills against USC on March 19, also adding a career-high nine digs that night as well.

Stowell tallied the second-most kills for the Cougars with 414. He was named to the All-MPSF Third Team, while also achieving AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week and MPSF Player of the Week April 5th after his performance against then-No. 8 Long Beach State. He recorded double-doubles both nights, one block away from a triple-double the first night. Stowell averaged 3.80 kills per set, hitting at a .321 clip on the season.

All-MPSF honorable mention honoree, Lavaja helped the Cougars achieve the No. 1 ranking in blocks in the NCAA and MSPF. He led the team in blocking with 17 solo blocks and 148 assisted blocks (165 total). He also ranked third in the NCAA in blocks per game with 1.45. He had the fourth-most kills on the team with 216 on a .398 clip, and led the team with 25 service aces. Lavaja helped BYU earn a No. 7 ranking in hitting percentage in the NCAA (.311).

Also a team captain, Stewart started at outside hitter in all but one match for the Cougars. As a senior he led the team with 463 kills on the season, averaging 3.92 per set. Stewart recorded double-digit kills 29 times throughout the year, leading the team in kills in 13 matches, one match leading him to an AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on March 15. His 976 kill attempts in 2010 sits second on BYU’s rally scoring record list.


BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Kevin Sagers Junior 3.75 Outside Hitter Las Vegas, NV/Centennial HS

Kent Tuttle Senior 3.63 Opposite El Dorado Hills, CA/Oak Ridge HS

Reed Chilton Senior 3.53 Setter Centerville, OH/Centerville HS

Robb Stowell Sophomore 3.23 Opposite San Juan Capistrano, CA/CVHS

Yamil Perez Senior 3.18 Setter Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Co Marista

Andrew Stewart Senior 3.08 Outside Hitter Sandy, UT/Alta HS

Russell Lavaja Sophomore 3.06 Middle Blocker St. Charles, IL/St. Charles N.HS

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

Theo Edwards Senior 3.36 Outside Hitter Northridge, CA/Alemany HS

Kevin McKniff Senior 3.06 Middle Blocker Tucson, AZ/Sabino HS

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Nejc Zemljak Junior Setter Maribor, Slovenia/Maribor HS

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Srdjan Nadazdin Sophomore 3.28 Opposite Los Alamitos, CA/Los Alamitos HS

Tommy Pestolesi Senior 3.15 Outside Hitter Huntington Beach, CA/Edison HS

Kyle Friend Junior 3.02 Outside Hitter Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River HS

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

Mark Bauhs Senior 3.26 Libero Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley HS

Clay Ostrander Senior 3.04 Opposite Wheaton, IL/Endicott College

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

Brent Schirripa Senior 3.67 Outside Hitter Los Angeles, CA/Crespi HS

JD Schleppenbach Senior 3.32 Outside Hitter Ventura, CA/Ventura HS

Rodnei Santos Senior 3.23 Middle Blocker Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU

Tyler Jaynes Junior 3.00 Middle Blocker Granite Bay, CA/Granite Bay HS

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Garrett Werner Senior 3.90 Middle Blocker River Hills, WI/Nicolet HS

Kawika Shoji Senior 3.64 Setter Honolulu, HI/Iolani School

Brad Lawson Sophomore 3.62 Outside Hitter Honolulu, HI/Iolani School

Jordan Inafuku Junior 3.45 Libero Honolulu, HI/Kamehameha School

Gus Ellis Sophomore 3.38 Middle Blocker Corona Del Mar, CA/CDM HS

Evan Romero Senior 3.31 Opposite Miami Lakes, FL/Pace HS

Jason Palacios Senior 3.28 Outside Hitter Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira CostaHS

Spencer McLachlin Junior 3.04 Outside Hitter Honolulu, HI/Punahou HS

Erik Shoji Sophomore 3.03 Libero Honolulu, HI/Punahou HS

UC IRVINE

Kevin Wynne Junior 3.36 Middle Blocker Mission Viejo, CA/Capo Valley HS

Cory Yoder Junior 3.24 Outside Hitter San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS

Will Montgomery RS Freshman 3.01 Libero Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara

UCLA

Dylan Bowermaster Junior 3.60 Outside Hitter Huntington Beach, CA/Mater Dei HS

Jack Polales Sophomore 3.20 Opposite Winnetka, IL/New Trier HS

Thomas Amberg Sophomore 3.08 Middle Blocker El Cajon, CA/Valhalla HS

Kevin Ker Senior 3.04 Setter Valencia, CA/Valencia HS

UC SAN DIEGO

Adrian Guthals Senior 3.42 Middle Blocker Westlake Village, CAWestlake HS

Carl Eberts Sophomore 3.29 Outside Hitter Huntington Beach, CA/Edison HS

Joel Davidson Junior 3.07 Outside Hitter Walnut Creek, CA/Las Lomas HS

Cyrus Kiani RS Freshman3.00 Middle Blocker Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks

UC SANTA BARBARA

Andy McGuire Junior 3.31 Libero Manhattan Beach, CA/Loyola HS

Jake Rosener Senior 3.23 Opposite Cupertino, CA/Homestead HS

USC

Murphy Troy Junior 3.22 OH/Opposite St. Louis, MO/University HS

Tony Ciarelli Sophomore 3.24 Outside Hitter Huntington Beach, CA/HBHS

Hunter Current Senior 3.20 Middle Blocker San Jose, CA/Bellarmine Prep

Andrew Pizula Sophomore 3.17 Libero Irvine, CA/Orange Coast College

Riley McKibbin Junior 3.08 Setter Honolulu, HI/Punahou HS

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