BYU senior outside hitter Andrew Stewart and BYU sophomore middle blocker Futi Tavana. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The AVCA announced the Division I-II men’s volleyball All-America teams Thursday, BYU senior Andrew Stewart being named to the first team and BYU sophomore Futi Tavana named to the second team.
“I think it’s a great honor for those two individuals and it’s a great compliment to the team,” BYU head coach Shawn Patchell said. “In my opinion Futi was the best middle blocker in the nation and Andrew was the best all-around outside hitter in the nation. I think it is a deserving award for both of those guys.”
To achieve the first team All-America citation, Stewart was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week March 15 after leading his team to a perfect 2-0 record at the Long Beach State Active Ankle Tournament. He was also named MPSF Player of the Week March 22. Stewart leads the team on the attack with 449 total kills (.332 hitting) this season and ranks 10th in the MPSF for kills per set. Stewart has helped his Cougars achieve a fourth-place ranking in hitting percentage, a third-place ranking in kills and a No. 1 ranking in blocks the MPSF. Stewart also leads the Cougars on defense with 216 digs this season, tallying 1.91 digs per set. He also has the third-most blocks on the season for the Cougars with 119.
Tavana ranks second in the NCAA in blocks per game. He leads the MPSF in blocks and has helped BYU achieve 3.59 blocks per set to lead the NCAA and MPSF. He has helped BYU achieve the No. 7 spot for hitting percentage in the NCAA while maintaining a .408 hitting percentage individually. Tavana broke the BYU all-time record with 15 total blocks against UC Santa Barbara on March 27, also helping his team break the BYU all-time record of 24.5 team blocks. He has tallied 190 kills on .408 hitting, 14 assists, 12 service aces, 48 digs, 14 solo blocks and 146 total blocks on the season.
Stewart and Tavana will be back in action Thursday against Cal State Northridge in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament, hosted by Stanford. Go to the SCHEDULE PAGE to follow GameTracker or Live Video at 5 p.m. PT.
AVCA Division I-II Men’s First-Team All-America
Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Carson Clark+ UC Irvine RS/Opp. So. 6'5 Santa Barbara, Calif.
Kasey Crider Pepperdine S Jr. 6'4 Granite Bay, Calif.
Brad Lawson Stanford OH So. 6'7 Honolulu, Hawai’i
Max Lipsitz *' Penn State MB Sr. 6'7 Williamsville, N.Y.
Kevin McKniff CS Northridge MB Sr. 6'7 Tucson, Ariz.
Jacek Ratajczak+ CS Northridge MB Sr. 7'2 Warsaw, Poland
Erik Shoji * Stanford DS/Lib. So. 6'0 Honolulu, Hawai’i
Kawika Shoji *' Stanford S Sr. 6'3 Honolulu, Hawai’i
Andrew Stewart BYU OH Sr. 6'6 Sandy, Utah
Jonas Umlauft Hawai’i RS/Opp. Fr. 6'9 Stadtbergen, Germany
AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America
Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Dean Bittner *' Long Beach RS/Opp. Sr. 6'8 Lakewood, Calif.
Dennis Del Valle+' Penn State DS/Lib. Jr. 5'8 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Jordan DuFault + UC Irvine OH Jr. 6'4 Lakewood, Calif.
Steven Kehoe Ohio State S Jr. 6'4 North Bend, Ohio
Garrett Muagututia UCLA OH Sr. 6'5 Oceanside, Calif.
Cory Riecks Pepperdine OH Jr. 6'7 Auburn, Calif.
Evan Romero Stanford RS/Opp. Sr. 6'7 Miami Lakes, Fla.
Shawn Sangrey Ohio State RS/Opp. So. 6'5 Columbia, Penn.
Futi Tavana BYU MB So. 6'8 Kalaheo, Hawai’i
Joshua Walker Hawai’i OH Jr. 6'1 Virginia Beach, Va.
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AVCA Division I-II Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Jonas Umlauft, Hawai’i, Fr.
* - 2009 AVCA Division I-II Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2009 AVCA Division I-II Men's Second-Team All-America selection
' - 2008 AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America selection