After both being the nation’s top ranked teams for the majority of the season, BYU and UC Irvine have now picked up the most All-American honors.
The Cougars and Anteaters were the only teams to have multiple players selected to the first of two All-American teams, which the AVCA released Thursday morning.
BYU outside attackers Taylor Sander and Ben Patch both were First-Team All-American selections, while middle attacker Russ Lavaja was named a Second-Team All-American. Along with his All-American honor, Patch was named the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Newcomer of the Year — the second BYU player in the last three years to win the award.
The Anteaters similar to the Cougars had two First-Team All-American selections with libero Michael Brinkley and outside attacker Kevin Tillie. In addition, middle attacker Collin Mehring earned a spot on the Second-Team All-American.
BYU, UC Irvine and UCLA led all teams in the nation as each had three All-American selections. The Bruins outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga was named to the first-team and libero Evan Mottram and middle attacker Spencer Rowe were second-team selections.
Players from the MPSF held 17 of the 20 spots on this year’s All-American teams. The defending-MIVA champions Lews had two All-American selections with setter BJ Boldog and outside attacker Geoff Powell, while the Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer also earned Second-Team All-American honors.
This was also the first time since 2000 that a player from the EIVA did not make an All-American team.
Check out what players earned All-American honors and other individual awards from the AVCA
TOP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
National Player of the Year: To be announced Wednesday
National Coach of the Year: To be announced following Final Four
Newcomer of the Year: Ben Patch, BYU
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA
Setter: Matt West, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: Levi Cabral, Cal Baptist
Outside attacker: Brian Cook, Stanford
Outside attacker: Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: Ben Patch, BYU
Outside attacker: Gonzalo Quiroga, UCLA
Outside attacker: Taylor Sander, BYU
Outside attacker: Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Dylan Davis, UC Santa Barbara
Libero: Michael Brinkley, UC Irvine
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA
Setter: BJ Boldog, Lewis
Setter: Connor Olbright, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: Steven Irvin, Stanford
Outside attacker: Geoff Powell, Lewis
Outside attacker: Joseph Smalzer, Loyola
Outside attacker: Maurice Torres, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Russ Lavaja, BYU
Middle attacker: Collin Mehring, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Spencer Rowe, UCLA
Libero: Evan Mottram, UCLA