AVCA announces 2019 High School All-American Team

The top high school players in the nation are earning one more accolade before beginning their college careers.

The AVCA announced on Wednesday the 20 players selected to the 2019 AVCA Boys High School Senior All-American Team.

This annual honor is the nation’s only high school All-American team for boys’ volleyball. Players eligible for the team had to be a senior and their head coach needed to be a member of the AVCA.

Both Penn State and the two-time defending NCAA champions Long Beach State led all teams with three incoming recruits earning All-American honors. In addition, Concordia-Irvine, Lewis and Loyola each had two recruits selected to the team.

Along with these teams, Ball State, CSUN, Lincoln Memorial, Purdue Fort Wayne, St. Francis, Stanford, UC Irvine and UC San Diego each had one recruit named an All-American.

California was the state that produced the most All-Americans with nine selections, while Illinois finished in second with six players.

AVCA First-Team Boys High School Senior All-American Team

Setter: Will Campbell, Loyola High School of Los Angeles (UC San Diego)
Setter: Jack Driscoll, Sachem North High School (Penn State)
Setter: Kevin Kauling, Neuqua Valley High School (Lewis)
Setter: Aidan Knipe, Huntington Beach High School (Long Beach State)
Outside attacker: Nathaniel Gates, La Jolla High School (Stanford)
Outside attacker: Cole Gillis, Branham High School (UC Irvine)
Outside attacker: Marty Jepsen, Marist High School (Lewis)
Outside attacker: Zach Schneider, Lockport High School (Long Beach State)
Libero: Mason Briggs, Bishop Alemany High School (Long Beach State)
Libero: Taylan Cook, Sage Creek High School (Loyola)

AVCA Second-Team Boys High School Senior All-American Team

Setter: Brian Voight, New Berlin United (Loyola)
Setter: Griffin Walters, El Camino High School (CSUN)
Opposite: Braden Richard, Central York Senior High School (St. Francis)
Opposite: Justin Sharfenaker, Columbus Briggs High School (Lincoln Memorial)
Outside attacker: JT DeMure, Granite Bay High School (Concordia-Irvine)
Outside attacker: Gabe Hartke, Barrington High School (Penn State)
Outside attacker: Wil McPhillips, Lincoln-Way East High School (Ball State)
Outside attacker: Caden Perkins, El Modena High School (Concordia-Irvine)
Outside attacker: Jack Shampine, Glenbrook South High School (Penn State)
Outside attacker: Rico Wardlow, Bolingbrook High School (Purdue Fort Wayne)