AVCA announces 2013 All-American Teams, Newcomer of the Year

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

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

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

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

9 Replies to “AVCA announces 2013 All-American Teams, Newcomer of the Year”

  1. Two from the Midwest or no one from the East? Outrageous. There are high-caliber players across the country. AVCA needs to be a national organization, not a bunch of West Coast groupies.

    1. Okay, 3 from the Midwest. Still outraged that no one from the East deserved recognition, because they did.

      1. It’s a meritocracy. You can’t (well….you shouldn’t) take someone off the list to make room for an Aaron Russell or a Shawn Sibley simply for the sake of having one of them on the list. Do you believe either of them actually merited it over anyone named here?

  2. Diane,

    The All-America Committee is comprised of three head coaches representing the MPSF, EIVA and MIVA, with the chair of the committee being Penn State Head Coach Mark Pavlik. There is no imbalance with nine total committee members being equally represented.

    1. Reply to David Portney: The All American committee “comprises” … not “is comprised of” … And I disagree with their selections.

      atthenetset: Pat Sibley, not Shawn, may have been deserving, along with Aaron Russell.

      They used to have Honorable Mentions. Surely there’s room for a few Easties in an Honorable Mention category.

  3. Sorry East fans….nobody deserving this year. Finally the voters get something right for a change! Any bets on how long before Pav goes off on one of his unfounded rants?? 😉

  4. Very surprised and disappointed that USC setter Micah Christenson did not make AT LEAST Second Team… He should have made First Team and I think we all know that.

    Many would argue that he is the BEST setter in the nation. Due to the fact that he was on a team that performed poorly this year, unfortunately, it did impact the decision by AVCA.

    Micah Christenson truly is the best setter in the nation… including the USA National Team.

    1. I agree. I have a lot of respect for West but I’d take Micah over any other setter in the country. I’d probably swap Torres and Cook as well, but otherwise, I think the committee got everything right.

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