2012 NCAA Men's All-Americans

Kyle Caldwell

Player of the Year: Tony Ciarelli

Freshman of the Year: Micah Christenson

Co-Coaches of the Year: Bill Ferguson and John Speraw

First Team

Thomas Amberg
Sr. | MH | UCLA
The Bruin’s career leader for total blocks and block assists in the rally scoring era, Amberg ranked second on the UCLA squad with 330.5 points on 234 kills and a team-high 150 total blocks. He led the MPSF with an overall hitting percentage of .486, attacking at a .471 clip in league-only play while racking up 115 blocks. He twice tallied 11 blocks (vs. CS Northridge and UC Irvine) while also picking up eight stuffs against Hawaii, Pepperdine, and Northridge.

Kyle Caldwell
Sr. | S | UCLA
A First-Team All-MPSF selection, Caldwell led UCLA with 1,023 assists (10.13 per set) while guiding the team to a .321 hitting percentage for the season. Four of his hitters collected more than 230 kills for the season while personally putting down 131 total kills on .440 hitting. An all-around player, Caldwell ranked second on the team with 22 aces and 152 digs and sat at third with
90 total blocks.

Tony Ciarelli
Sr. | OH | Southern California
VBM’s National Player of the Year, Ciarelli carried the Trojans to the MPSF regular-season title and a berth in the NCAA National Championship match. He racked up 417 total kills for the year, nearly double that of his closest teammate, while taking 913 swings to hit .318. Ciarelli also dominated from behind the service line, recording 62 aces, a Trojan rally-scoring-era record and one shy of the all-time record. In a single match at Long Beach State he collected 11 aces, an MPSF all-era record.

Carson Clark
Sr. | Opp. | UC Irvine
The NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, Clark recorded a match-high 22 kills on .465 hitting with eight digs and three aces in Irvine’s win over USC in the NCAA title match. For the year he led the Anteaters with 414 kills, 61 aces and 174 digs while also collecting 61 blocks, good for second on the squad. Clark is the first player in MPSF history to be named to the All-Conference First Team all four years of his career.

Brad Lawson
Sr. | OH | Stanford
The Cardinal career leader in kills and service aces, Lawson led Stanford with a team-high 451 kills for the year on .327 hitting. He racked up 41 aces while also picking up 149 digs and 57 blocks. Lawson was an offensive workhorse for the team, reaching double-digit kills in every match but one and collecting 15 or more kills on 16 occasions. He also had eight multiple-ace contests, including four in a match on five occasions.

Taylor Sander
So. | OH | Brigham Young
Recently selected to be a part of the USA’s 25-man World League roster, Sander led the Cougars with 4.89 kills per set (435 total kills) on .395 hitting, marks that both ranked second in the country. A first-team All-MPSF selection, he collected 44 service aces and 514.5 total points, including 27 kills in the loss to Stanford in the MPSF semifinals.

Shawn Sangrey
Sr. | Opp. | Ohio State
The MIVA Player of the Year, Sangrey led the country in kills per set with 5.03 and racked up 548 total kills, the only player to eclipse the 500-kill mark this season. He also collected 31 aces, 209 digs and 68 blocks. A five-time MIVA Offensive Player of the Week, Sangrey put together four 30+ kill performances in his final season with the Buckeyes, including a career-high 33 against Saint Francis.

Erik Shoji
Sr. | L | Stanford
Called “the greatest libero in collegiate volleyball history,” by his coach John Kosty, Shoji certainly has the numbers to back that claim up. He ended his career with more than 1,400 digs, a mark believed to be the most all-time, including both in the sideout and rally-scoring eras. He ended 2012 with 304 total digs and 16 double-digit dig matches, including a season-high 17 at Long Beach State.

Futi Tavana
Sr. | MH | Brigham Young
The Cougar career leader in blocks in the rally-scoring era, Tavana finished the season ranked second in the country with 1.59 blocks per set (145 total blocks). He also collected 170 kills on .385 hitting, including notching nine kills on .421 hitting with six blocks in the MPSF semifinals loss to Stanford to end the season.

Kevin Tillie
Jr. | OH | UC Irvine
A First-Team All-MPSF selection, Tillie ranked second on the Anteater squad with 342 kills on .387 hitting, a percentage that places him third in the country to end the season. He also collected 22 aces, 154 digs and 56 total blocks. Tillie posted 21 kills on .500 hitting in the NCAA Semifinal win over Penn State and he collected 67 kills in the three matches of the MPSF Tournament, including a career-high 24 in the title match against Stanford.

Second Team


Year | Pos | School

Evan Barry
Sr. | S | Stanford

Henry Cassiday
So. | L | Southern California

Micah Christenson
Fr. | S | Southern California

Weston Dunlap
Sr. | MH | UCLA

Joe Kauliakamoa
Sr. | S | Brigham Young

Jay Petty
Jr. | OH | Lewis

Steven Shandrick
Sr. | MH | Southern California

Joseph Smalzer
So. | Opp. | Loyola-Chicago

Joe Sunder
Sr. | OH | Penn State

Maurice Torres
Jr. | Opp. | Pepperdine

Third Team
Year | Pos | School

Mik Berzins
Sr. | OH | Ohio State

BJ Boldog
So. | S | Lewis

Mike Bunting
Sr. | OH | Loyola-Chicago

Brian Cook
So. | OH | Stanford

Taylor Crabb
So. | OH | Long Beach State

Aaron Flick
Sr. | MH | Lewis

Edgardo Goas
Sr. | S | Penn State

Russ Lavaja
Jr. | MH | Brigham Young

Dan McDonnell
Sr. | MH | UC Irvine

Aaron Russell
Fr. | MH | Penn State

Robb Stowell
Sr. | Opp. | Brigham Young

Originally published in July 2012

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