By the Numbers: Best college men’s volleyball player to wear No. 22 jersey

Photo courtesy of UC San Diego athletics

It’s all about the numbers — particularly the number on the jersey.

Off the Block is unveiling the best player to wear each jersey number in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the 25-point rally scoring era.

The latest installment in this summer series examines the best to don the No. 22 jersey. Check out Off the Block throughout June as it continues to reveal the best in the sport to wear each number.


Best player to wear No. 22
Tanner Syftestad (2015-18)

Awards and honors: 2018 Division II National Player of the Year, 2018 Bryan Ivie Award finalist, 2018 First-Team All-Big West, 2018 All-American Honorable Mention, 2017 Division II National Player of the Year, 2017 Second-Team All-MPSF
Player bio: Syfestad set the program record during the 25-point rally scoring era with 1,213 career kills en route to winning the Division II National Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. The opposite finished his senior season second in the nation with a 4.48 kills per game average on a career-best .314 attack percentage. Syftestad that year had at least 20 kills in eight matches, including a season-high 27 kills while hitting .365 in a season-opening victory against McKendree. In addition, Syftestad the previous season was fifth in the country averaging 4.21 kills per game.

Best players to wear No. 22 by conference

Big West: Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego
ConfCarolinas: Keegan Sullivan, Erskine
EIVA: Parker Dixon, Princeton
MIVA: Jacob Schmiegelt, Lewis
MPSF: Alex Harthaller, Pepperdine
Independents: Tristan Santoyo, Queens

Honorable mentions: Pat Schwagler, Princeton; Hagen Smith, UCLA; Kevin Vaz, Pepperdine; Eric Visgitis, Mount Olive