Volleyball Magazine reveals 2012 Player of the Year, All-American teams

USC continued to pick up more individual national accolades — almost sweeping Volleyball Magazine’s top three annual awards.

Trojans outside attacker Tony Ciarelli was named the 2012 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, while setter Micah Christenson won the Freshman of the Year award. In addition, USC coach Bill Ferguson and former UC Irvine coach John Speraw both earned the magazine’s Coach of the Year honors.

The Trojans won the MPSF regular season championship and received the lone at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament. USC reached the NCAA championship match before losing to UC Irvine in three games — the third time in the last six that the Anteaters won the national title.


Volleyball Magazine revealed these top individual awards in its July issue. The magazine in the same issue also released its All-American teams.

BYU led all teams with five All-American selections, including outside attacker Taylor Sander and middle attacker Futi Tavana being named First-Team All-Americans. USC and Stanford each had four players earn Volleyball Magazine All-American honors.

Check out below what players made Volleyball Magazine’s First-Team, Second-Team and Third-Team All-American list.

Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American
Setter: Kyle Caldwell, UCLA
Outside attacker: Tony Ciarelli, USC
Outside attacker: Carson Clark, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Brad Lawson, Stanford
Outside attacker: Taylor Sander, BYU
Outside attacker: Shawn Sangrey, Ohio State
Outside attacker: Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Thomas Amberg, UCLA
Middle attacker: Futi Tavana, BYU
Libero: Erik Shoji, Stanford

Volleyball Magazine Second-Team All-American
Setter: Evan Barry, Stanford
Setter: Micah Christenson, USC
Setter: Joe Kauliakamoa, BYU
Outside attacker: Jay Petty, Lewis
Outside attacker: Joseph Smalzer, Loyola
Outside attacker: Joe Sunder, Penn State
Outside attacker: Maurice Torres, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Steven Shandrick, USC
Middle attacker: Wes Dunlap, UCLA
Libero: Henry Cassiday, USC

Volleyball Magazine Third-Team All-American
Setter: BJ Boldog, Lewis
Setter: Edgardo Goas, Penn State
Outside attacker: Mik Berzins, Ohio State
Outside attacker: Mike Bunting, Loyola
Outside attacker: Brian Cook, Stanford
Outside attacker: Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: Robb Stowell, BYU
Middle attacker: Aaron Flick, Lewis
Middle attacker: Russ Lavaja, BYU
Middle attacker: Dan McDonnell, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Aaron Russell, Penn State

One Reply to “Volleyball Magazine reveals 2012 Player of the Year, All-American teams”

  1. I think it is wonderful that Joe Smalzer & Mike Bunting were at least picked. I watched both of them play Loyola Chicago and both give their heartsm out during a game. It doesen’t matter how much Bunting is hurting he will continue to give his all. Joe is one who tries to get others whether students or faculty to attend the various sports and cheer on the student athletes. I have a lot of respect for both of them along with the rest of the athletes. For them to be picked for the 2nd & 3rd teams I consider it an honor when you see who their completion was. Good Luck Joe m& Mike.

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