The high school volleyball seasons tend to present no shortage of story lines, and this year was no exception. As we do each year at this time, we present the VBM Boys’ High School All-American Awards that recognize the best of the best in boys’ high school volleyball. These awards differ from our Boys’ Fab 50 list, which rates the top 50 senior boys’ players in the country and takes into consideration all facets of a player’s game. Our high school awards are based on players’ performances during their high school seasons only. In addition to our All-American teams, we also present the player, coach, and team of the year honors. Our player and team of the year honors come from the Southern California region and tell two great stories of individual and team accomplishment, while our coach of the year honor spotlights an individual who helped one Wisconsin team make history. These awards are based on staff selection and the input of high school coaches from around the country.
Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
The 2013 VBM Boys’ High School Player of the Year powered Esperanza to the CIF Division II Southern California regional title.
Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes
USC-bound Benesh helped Palos Verdes to a Bay League runner-up finish.
McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, N.Y.)
Ohio State-bound Blough led McQuaid to its third-straight state title and was named the state-tournament MVP.
Huntington Beach (Calif.)
Butler was at the controls for a Huntington Beach team that won the CIF Division I Southern California regional championship, finishing the year with 1,171 assists.
Otay Ranch (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Freiha registered 414 kills, 188 digs, and hit .363 for a 33-win Mustangs team.
Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.)
Gross was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association’s 2012 Player of the Year after leading Appleton North to an undefeated state championship.
Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
An Ohio State signee, Mohr helped the Cubs reach the CIF Division I Southern California regional title match.
Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.)
Royer, the 2013 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year, holds the program’s all-time career assists mark as a junior.
Stahl set a program record for career kills with 1,432. The UCLA recruit took 934 swings this spring.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tuileta led Punahou to its second state title in a row and was named the state tournament MVP. This repeat All-American first-team selection has verbally committed to playing volleyball and football at Hawaii.
Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
White had 275 kills, 117 digs, and hit .507 for a Mira Costa squad that went 32-3. He is headed to Harvard in the fall where he will join his older brother DJ.
>>See who earned Player, Team, and Coach of the Year
Name, Ht., Pos., Year, School
Jackson Bantle | 6'3" | OH/Opp. | Sr. | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
TJ DeFalco | 6'2" | OH | Soph. | Huntington Beach (Calif.)
Joe Farrell | 6'6" | OH | Sr. | Glenbard East (Lombard, Ill.)
Kupono Fey | 6'5" | OH/Opp. | Sr. | Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Cole Fiers | 6'3" | S | Sr. | Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)
Zach Gesteland | 5'11" | S | Sr. | Burlington (Wis.)
Ryan Paull | 6'9" | MB | Sr. | Brother Rice (Chicago, Ill.)
Mitch Penning | 6'8" | MB | Sr. | Westminster Christian (St. Louis, Mo.)
Scott Stephanoff | 6'3" | MB/Opp. | Sr. | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Andrew TenBrink | 6'4" | MB/OH | Sr. | Huntington Beach (Calif.)
Adrian Williams | 6'3" | OH | Sr. | Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
Lucas Yoder | 6'4" | OH | Sr. | San Clemente (Calif.)
>>See who earned Player, Team, and Coach of the Year
Aidan Albrecht | Sr. | Opp. | Old Bridge (Matawan, N.J.)
Hayden Boehle | Jr. | L/OH | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cody Bolan | Sr. | L | Glenbrook North (Northbrook, Ill.)
Grant Chalmers | Sr. | S | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Erik Ctvrtlik | Sr. | L | Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kyle Dagostino | Jr. | S/OH | Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Gabriel Domecus | Sr. | OH | St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.)
Breno Ertty | Sr. | OH | Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.)
Michael Fisher | Jr. | OH | Hawaii Baptist (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Jennings Franciskovic | Sr. | OH | Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Mike Gajos | Sr. | Opp. | New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.)
Griffin Galvin | Sr. | L | Vista del Lago (Folsom, Calif.)
Christian Hessenauer | Jr. | Opp. | Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
John Hodul | Sr. | MB | Carl Sandburg (Orland Park, Ill.)
Ryan Kaseff | Sr. | MB | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Connor Lammey | Sr. | OH | Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.)
Andrew Lancaster | Sr. | L | Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
Gert Lisha | Sr. | S | Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.)
Riley Mallon | Sr. | OH | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Oliver Martin | Sr. | OH | Calabasas (Calif.)
Ryan Morrison | Sr. | MB | Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Cole Paullin | Jr. | MB | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Casey Pieper | Sr. | MB | Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Joseph Pillon | Sr. | OH | St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Tucker Pikula | Sr. | OH | Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Richie Planek | Sr. | S | Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.)
Kevin Rakestraw | Sr. | Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Curtis Stallings | Sr. | S | Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.)
Brendan Surane | Sr. | OH | Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.)
Jared Wilcox | Jr. | OH | Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.)
Jack Yoder | Sr. | S | San Clemente (Calif.)
Bryce Yould | Sr. | MB | Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
Originally published in August 2013