Recap: 2019 college men’s volleyball preseason national awards, rankings

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The 2019 college men’s volleyball season has yet to begin but teams and players have already started to earn accolades.

With the start of the season tonight, check out all the preseason honors along with the preseason national and conference rankings.

Off the Block/Springbak Preseason All-American Teams

The annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. This top preseason honor is determined by a nationwide voting committee of coaches and media members. To read more about the Preseason All-American Teams and the selection process, click here.

Preseason First-Team All-Americans
Setter: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Setter: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Opposite: Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State
Opposite: Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
Outside attacker: Ryan Coenen, Lewis
Outside attacker: Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Daemen Gyimah, UCLA
Middle attacker: Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
Libero: Michael Simmons, Lewis

Preseason Second-Team All-Americans
Setter: Joe Worsley, Hawai’i
Setter: Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Opposite: Karl Apfelbach, UC Irvine
Opposite: Jake Hanes, Ohio State
Opposite: George Huhmann, Princeton
Opposite: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Outside attacker: Joel Schneidmiller, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Nick Amado, Long Beach State
Middle attacker: Sam Lewis, USC
Libero: Jordan Molina, Long Beach State

Players receiving votes on multiple ballots
Kyle Dagastino, Stanford; Aaron Kobui, UC Irvine; Garland Peed, UCLA; Simon Andersen, Long Beach State; Dylan Missry, UCLA; Matt Yoshimoto, Lewis; Collin Mahan, Loyola; Patrick Gasman, Hawai’i; Gage Worsley, Hawai’i; Jack Wyett, USC; Emmet Enriques, CSUN; Angelos Mandilaris, Barton; Brett Rosenmeier, Hawai’i; Sanil Thomas, Ohio State; Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i; Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne; Liam Maxwell, Belmont Abbey; Calvin Mende, Penn State; Dante Chakravorti, UC Irvine; Austin Matautia, UCLA; Cory Chavers, UC Santa Barbara; Alvaro Gimeno, NJIT; Evan Cory, Lincoln Memorial

2019 Lloy Ball Award watch list

The Lloy Ball Award is annually presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. To read more about the award and the players selected to the preseason watch list, click here.

Paul Bischoff, Stanford
Luke Braswell, Penn State
Matthew Ctvrtlik, Harvard
Dante Chakravorti, UC Irvine
Oscar Fiorentino, Barton
Chandler Gibb, Concordia-Irvine
Michael Keegan, Purdue Fort Wayne
Joe Kelly, Princeton
Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Robert Mullahey, Pepperdine
Jake Romano, Ball State
Sanil Thomas, Ohio State
Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Joe Worsley, Hawai’i
Matt Yoshimoto, Lewis
Garrett Zolg, Loyola Chicago

2019 Bryan Ivie Award watch list

The Bryan Ivie Award is annually presented to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. To read more about the award and the players selected to the preseason watch list, click here.

Karl Apfelbach, UC Irvine
Francisco Salinger Cenzual, Limestone
Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State
Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
Alvaro Gimeno, NJIT
Jake Hanes, Ohio State
George Huhmann, Princeton
Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Angelos Mandalaris, Barton
Calvin Mende, Penn State
Ryan Moss, USC
Rado Parapunov, Hawai’i
Mitch Perinar, Lewis
Keenan Sanders, UC Santa Barbara
Joao Victor Santos, Coker
Hayden Wagner, George Mason
Michael Wexter, Pepperdine

2019 Karch Kiraly Award watch list

The Karch Kiraly Award is annually presented to the best outside attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. To read more about the award and the players selected to the preseason watch list, click here.

Kyle Barnes, George Mason
Raymond Barsemian, Concordia-Irvine
Robert Bowling, Lees-McRae
Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara
Ryan Coenen, Lewis
TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Parker Dixon, Princeton
Jordan Ewert, Stanford
Michael Fisher, St. Francis
Jackson Gilbert, North Greenville
Dimitar Kalchev, CSUN
Aaron Koubi, UC Irvine
Hendrik Falck Lauten, Penn State
Collin Mahan, Loyola
Vasilis Mandilaris, Barton
Liam Maxwell, Belmont Abbey
Matthew McLaren, Penn State
Dylan Missry, UCLA
Brad Monaghan, Mount Olive
Joel Schneidmiller, UC Irvine
Max Senica, Charleston
Matt Szews, Ball State
Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne
David Wiezcorek, Pepperdine
Jack Wyett, USC

2019 Ryan Millar Award watch list

The Ryan Millar Award is annually presented to the best middle attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. To read more about the award and the players selected to the preseason watch list, click here.

Nick Amado, Long Beach State
Simon Andersen, Long Beach State
Luca Berger, NJIT
Caleb Blazer, Grand Canyon
Pedro Carvalho, Lincoln Memorial
Max Chamberlain, Pepperdine
Connor Drake, UC Santa Barbara
Felipe de Brito Ferreira, BYU
Thomas Gago, Fort Wayne
Enrique De Diego Garcia, NJIT
Pat Gasman, Hawai’i
Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Connor Hipelius, Lindenwood
Hunter Howell, Concordia-Irvine
Miki Jauhiainen, BYU
Blake Leeson, Ohio State
Sam Lewis, USC
Brian Long, Belmont Abbey
Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
William Morris, Belmont Abbey
TJ Murray, Lewis
Kyler Presho, Stanford
Jack Reese, George Mason
Adriel Roberts, Charleston
Dalton Solbrig, Hawai’i
Scott Stadick, UC Irvine
Jon Wheaton, King
Austin Wilmot, UC Irvine

2019 Erik Shoji Award watch list

The Erik Shoji Award is annually presented to the best libero in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. To read more about the award and the players selected to the preseason watch list, click here.

Avery Aylsworth, Loyola
Kyle Dagostino, Stanford
Emmett Enriques, CSUN
Zach Hendrickson, BYU
Chase Howard, Harvard
Logan Kerley, Lincoln Memorial
Kolbie Knorr, Purdue Fort Wayne
Ryan Lew, UC San Diego
Jordan Molina, Long Beach State
Connor Nagaki, Queens
David Parker, UC Irvine
Garland Peed, UCLA
Christian Phung, North Greenville
Aaron Samarin, Ohio State
Michael Simmons, Lewis
Zach Thompson, McKendree
Gabe Woffindin, St. Francis
Gage Worsley, Hawai’i
Grady Yould, UC Santa Barbara

AVCA Preseason National Coaches Poll

To read more about the preseason national coaches poll, click here.

1. Long Beach State — 240 (16) points
2. UCLA — 216 points
3. Hawai’i — 203 points
4. UC Irvine — 190 points
5. BYU — 166 points
6. Pepperdine — 156 points
7. Lewis — 143 points
8. Ohio State — 137 points
9. Loyola — 118 points
10. UC Santa Barbara — 80 points
11. CSUN — 64 points
12. Concordia-Irvine — 39 points
13. Stanford — 33 points
T-14. Grand Canyon — 29 points
T-14. Purdue Fort Wayne — 29 points
Others receiving votes: Ball State 19; Penn State 18; George Mason 13; Princeton 13; USC 5; Barton 2

Big West

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every Big West team for the upcoming season, click here.

Big West Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Long Beach State — 36 (6) points
2. Hawai’i — 28 points
3. UC Irvine — 26 points
4. UC Santa Barbara — 16 points
5. CSUN — 11 points
6. UC San Diego — 9 points

ConfCarolinas

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every ConfCarolinas team for the upcoming season, click here.

ConfCarolinas Preseason Coaches Poll
Poll to be released Wednesday.

Independent Teams

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every independent team for the upcoming season, click here.

Independent Teams Preseason Coaches Poll
No poll released.

EIVA

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every EIVA team for the upcoming season, click here.

EIVA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Princeton — 56 (2) points
2. Penn State — 53 (3) points
3. George Mason — 51 (3) points
4. NJIT — 47 points
5. Harvard — 29 points
6. St. Francis — 25 points
7. Charleston — 17 points
8. Sacred Heart — 10 points

EIVA Preseason Players to Watch
Setter: Matt Ctvrtlik, Harvard
Opposite: Alvaro Gimeno, NJIT
Opposite/Middle attacker: George Huhmann, Princeton
Opposite: Calvin Mende, Penn State
Opposite: Hayden Wagner, George Mason
Opposite: Emerson Waumans, Sacred Heart
Outside attacker: Kyle Barnes, George Mason
Outside attacker: Parker Dixon, Princeton
Outside attacker: Michael Fisher, St. Francis
Outside attacker: Brandon Greenway, Charleston
Outside attacker: Henrik Lauten, Penn State
Outside attacker: Max Senica, Charleston
Middle attacker: Bob Chatterton, Sacred Heart
Middle attacker: Trevor Dow, Harvard
Middle attacker: Enrique De Diego Garcia, NJIT
Libero: Gabe Woffindin, St. Francis

MIVA

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every MIVA team for the upcoming season, click here.

MIVA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Lewis — 58 (4) points
2. Loyola — 54 (1) points
3. Ohio State — 53 (2) points
4. Ball State — 38 (1) points
5. Purdue Fort Wayne — 36 points
6. Lindenwood — 23 points
7. McKendree — 18 points
8. Quincy — 8 points

Preseason MIVA Player of the Year
Collin Mahan, Loyola

Preseason All-MIVA Team
Setter: Sanil Thomas, Ohio State
Setter: Matt Yoshimoto, Lewis
Setter: Garrett Zolg, Loyola
Opposite: Jake Hanes, Ohio State
Opposite: Mitch Perinar, Lewis
Outside attacker: Ryan Coenen, Lewis
Outside attacker: Collin Mahan, Loyola
Outside attacker: Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne
Middle attacker: Connor Hipelius, Lindenwood
Middle attacker: Blake Leeson, Ohio State
Middle attacker: Tyler Mitchem, Lewis
Libero: Michael Simmons, Lewis

MPSF

To read a quick-hit guide and predictions about every MPSF team for the upcoming season, click here.

MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll
1. UCLA — 36 (6) points
2. BYU — 28 (1) points
3. Pepperdine — 26 points
4. Stanford — 21 points
5. USC — 16 points
6. Concordia-Irvine — 14 points
7. Grand Canyon — 6 points