Off the Block unveils Concordia-Irvine All-Decade Starting Lineup

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The 2010 decade has been an eventful one for Concordia-Irvine. The Eagles went from being a NAIA men’s volleyball powerhouse, to a NCAA Division I men’s volleyball independent in 2016, to a member of the MPSF in 2018.

Off the Block announced on Thursday the seven players selected to the Concordia-Irvine All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block.

The All-Decade Starting Lineup recognizes the best players to compete with a team since 2010. In the case of Concordia-Irvine, Off the Block only considered play from 2016 and on. Similar to the starting lineup for a match, the All-Decade honor is comprised of a setter, opposite and libero along with two outside attackers and middle attackers.*

The Off the Block staff determined the All-Decade Starting Lineup using a variety of factors including career statistical performance and the team’s overall success when a player was a member of the program.

This is also part of a series from Off the Block to celebrate the end of the decade in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block throughout the rest of 2019 will release an All-Decade Starting Lineup for every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that was established in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball.

Setter – Chandler Gibb
Outside Attacker – Jonathan Predney
Outside Attacker – Raymond Barsemian
Outside Attacker – Jordan Hoppe
Middle Attacker – Hunter Howell
MIddle Attacker – Taylor Falduti
Libero – Jacob Weiser

*Three outside attackers were selected in lieu of two outside attackers and an opposite.

Raymond Barsemian (2017-Current)
Awards and Honors: 2018 All-MPSF Second Team
Barsemian led Concordia-Irvine with 438 points, 362 kills, and 33 aces in 2018; the 438 points are the most in a season by a Concordia-Irvine player, while the kills and aces tallies rank second best.The Pierce Junior College transfer is the all-time Eagles’ leader in kills per game at 3.18. He also ranks in the top-ten in program history in kills, total attacks, aces, aces per game, total blocks, block assists, blocks per game, and digs per game.

Taylor Falduti (2015-18)
Awards and Honors: N/A
Falduti is the Eagles’ career leader with 53 aces. The middle attacker also ranks in the top-four in program history with 347 career total blocks, 0.98 blocks per game, 29 solo blocks, and 318 block assists.

Chandler Gibb (2016-19)
Awards and Honors: 2018 All-MPSF Second Team, 2019 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
Gibb’s 3,156 career assists are 1,060 better than any other Concordia-Irvine player. Gibb also leads the way with 621 career digs, while his 354 sets played and 103 matches played are second best in program history. His 1,098 assists and 9.72 assists per game average in 2018 are season-bests for any Eagles player. His 62 assists in a match versus Hope International in 2017 is most ever by a Concordia-Irvine player.

Jordan Hoppe (2018-Current)
Awards and Honors: 2019 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
Hoppe’s 3.14 kills per game and 0.33 aces per game rank second-best in program history. He led the team in 2019 with 333 kills and his 36 aces last season were the most ever in a season by a Concordia-Irvine player. His six aces versus BYU on March 28 were the most ever in a single match by an Eagle.

Hunter Howell (2016-19)
Awards and Honors: 2018 All-American Honorable Mention, 2018 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2019 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
Howell was named the program’s first All-American by leading the team with a .426 attack percentage and 1.12 blocks per game. Howell also led the team in 2017 with a .344 attack percentage and 105.5 total blocks. His 11 block assists versus Stanford on March 30, 2019 were the most ever in a single match by an Eagle. For his career, Howell leads all Concordia-Irvine players with 391 total blocks, 49 solo blocks, 342 block assists, 381 sets played, and 111 matches played. His 633 career kills, 48 aces, and .378 attack percentage rank in the top-three in program history.

Jonathan Predney (2015-18)
Awards and Honors: N/A
Predney’s 742 kills and 1,792 attacks are the most ever for a career in program history. The outside attacker also holds the program record for most kills in a single match (29), most attacks (69), and highest attack percentage (.783). Predney led the Eagles in 2017 with 325 kills and 375.5 points.

Jacob Weiser (2015-18)
Awards and Honors: 2018 All-MPSF Second Team, 2018 Erik Shoji Award
In 2018, not only was he named the Concordia-Irvine male athlete of the year, he also led the MSPF with 297 digs (also a program best for a single season). Weiser ranks second-best for his career with 584 digs and 2.27 digs per game. His 27 digs in a 2016 match at Hope International is the most by a player in a single match in program history.