UC Irvine opposite La Cavera named MPSF Player of Year

For the first time in almost a decade, an Anteater is the MPSF Player of the Year.

The MPSF announced Thursday that UC Irvine opposite Zack La Cavera was selected by the coaches in the conference as the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year.

La Cavera finished the regular season second in the MPSF and among the nation’s leaders with a 3.72 kills per game average. The senior also had double-digit kills in 23 matches and added more than a .400 attack percentage in 11 of those matches.

Along with being named the MPSF Player of the Year, La Cavera earlier this week was selected as one of three finalists for the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which is presented to the nation’s top opposite.


This is the second time an Anteater has been named the MPSF Player of the Year. The first UC Irvine player to win the award was former All-American outside attacker Jayson Jablonsky in 2006.

Among the other top award winners from the MPSF included UCLA ousted attacker J.T. Hatch being named the 2015 MPSF Freshman of Year.

UC Irvine and Pepperdine led all teams with three players earning All-MPSF First-Team honors. In addition, Hawai’i had five players make the all-conference first or second team.

MPSF Player of the Year: Zack La Cavera
MPSF Freshman of the Year: J.T. Hatch, UCLA

Setter: Micah Christenson, USC
Setter: Jonah Seif, UC Santa Barbara
Setter: Matt West, Pepperdine
Opposite: Parker Kalmbach, Pepperdine
Opposite: Zack La Cavera, UC Irvine
Opposite: Brook Sedore, Hawai’i
Outside attacker: Kevin Donohue, UC Santa Barbara
Outside attacker: Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Josh Taylor, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Jason Agopian, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Taylor Averill, Hawai’i
Libero: Michael Brinkley, UC Irvine

Setter: Jennings Franciskovic, Hawai’i
Opposite: Matt Underwood, BYU
Outside attacker: J.T. Hatch, UCLA
Outside attacker: Jake Langlois, BYU
Outside attacker: Sinisa Zarkovic, Hawai’i
Middle attacker: Robert Feathers, USC
Middle attacker: Michael Hatch, BYU
Middle attacker: Conrad Kaminski, Stanford
Middle attacker: Jake Staahl, UC Santa Barbara
Middle attacker: Matt Tarantino, Pepperdine
Libero: Brennan Anderson, Pepperdine
Libero: Kolby Kanetake, Hawai’i

Setter: James Shaw, Stanford
Opposite: John La Rusch, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: Phil Fuchs, BYU
Outside attacker: Scott Rhein, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: Alex Slaught, USC
Outside attacker: Weston Nielsen, UC Santa Barbara
Middle attacker: Andy Benesh, USC
Middle attacker: Greg Faulkner, CSUN
Middle attacker: Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State
Middle attacker: Trent Kersten, UCLA
Middle attacker: Mitch Stahl, UCLA
Libero: Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara

Setter: Kyle Dagostino, Stanford
Setter: Zachary Melcher, Cal Baptist
Outside attacker: Jake Arnitz, UCLA
Outside attacker: J.T. Hatch, UCLA
Outside attacker: Brenden Sander, BYU
Outside attacker: Larry Tuileta, USC
Libero: Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara