Jr. | OH | Stanford
Cook led the Cardinal and ranked fourth in the country with 4.01 kills per set (417 total kills). He reached the 20-kill plateau six times, including posting a season-high 24 on two occasions. A First Team All-MPSF selection, Cook posted 22 aces for the year while also recording 148 digs and 62 total blocks, both among the top three on his team.
Jr. | OH | Long Beach State
A First Team All-MPSF selection, Crabb recorded double-digit kills in 29 of 32 matches. The only player in the country to surpass 500 kills for the year (502), Crabb averaged 4.18 kills per set, good for third in the nation. An all-around player, he also posted a team-high-tying 23 aces, 209 digs, and 72 total blocks.
Sr. | MB | UC Santa Barbara
Davis was a power in the front row, leading the country in hitting percentage (.421) and ranking second in total blocks (155). A First Team All-MPSF selection, Davis posted double-digit kills five times throughout the season and collected 10 or more blocks on three occasions.
Fr. | Opp. | BYU
The VBM and MPSF Freshman of the Year, Patch had a breakout first season with the Cougars. He posted 418 total kills, including a career-high and BYU rally-scoring record 35 kills in the comeback win at UC Irvine on March 1. He collected 18 aces, 126 digs, and a total of 101 blocks, good for second on the team.
So. | OH | Lewis
A First Team All-MIVA selection, Powell led the Flyers with 3.63 kills per set, racking up 385 kills for the year while also collecting 12 aces, 173 digs, and 75 total blocks. He posted 20 double-digit kills matches, including a season-high 26 kills in the season-opener vs. UC San Diego.
Jr. | OH | UCLA
Ranked eighth in the country in points per set (4.42), Quiroga led the Bruins with 3.68 kills per set for a total of 420 kills. He racked up a team-high 52 service aces while also picking up 146 digs and 58 total blocks en route to First Team All-MPSF honors.
Jr. | OH | BYU
The VBM and MPSF Player of the Year, Sander led the Cougars to the NCAA title match for the first time since 2004. He posted 461 kills on the year, good for 3.94 kill per set, while also collecting a team-high 42 aces, 178 digs, and 93 total blocks. He posted double-digit kills in the first 12 matches of the year while also setting both the BYU rally-scoring and all-time ace records.
Jr. | Opp. | Loyola
The MIVA Player of the Year, Smalzer led the Ramblers to their first-ever NCAA National Semifinal match. He led nation in service aces (74, 0.65 aces per set) while also topping the team and ranking sixth in the country with 3.81 kills per set (430 total kills).
Sr. | OH | UC Irvine
Tillie earned his second consecutive NCAA All-Tournament team honor after helping lead the Anteaters to their second straight and fourth overall National Championship title. A First Team All-MPSF selection, Tillie recorded 384 kills for the year, good for an average of 3.76 kills per set, while also picking up 34 aces, 177 digs, and 59 total blocks.
Sr. | Opp. | Pepperdine
The national leader in points per set (5.02), Torres carried the Waves with 417 total kills while also adding in 36 aces, 154 digs, and 82 total blocks. The First Team All-MPSF selection posted double-digit kills in 24 of the team’s 26 matches, including a season-high 28 on .500 hitting against Cal State Northridge April 4.
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Name | Year | Position | School
BJ Boldog | Jr. | S | Lewis
Michael Brinkley | So. | L | UC Irvine
Levi Cabral | Sr. | OH | Cal Baptist
Micah Christenson | So. | S | USC
Russ Lavaja | Sr. | MB | BYU
Collin Mehring | Jr. | MB | UC Irvine
Evan Mottram | Jr. | L | UCLA
Connor Olbright | Jr. | S | Long Beach State
Spencer Rowe | Jr. | MB | UCLA
Matt West | So. | S | Pepperdine
Brennan Anderson | So. | L | Ohio State
Steven Irvin | Jr. | OH | Stanford
James Shaw | Fr. | S | Stanford
Josue Rivera | So. | OH | BYU
Cody Kessel | So. | OH | Princeton
Kevin Owens | Jr. | MB | Ball State
Scott Kevorken | Jr. | MB | UC Irvine
Matt Leske | Sr. | MB | Ball State
Mark Jones | Sr. | OH | George Mason
Aaron Russell | So. | MB | Penn State
Originally published in July 2013