The AVCA announced its Division I-II Men’s All-America Teams on Monday with 10 players each earning first and second team honors and 27 garnering honorable mention accolades.
One individual honor also was revealed as BYU rookie right side Gabi Garcia Fernandez was named Newcomer of the Year. Garcia Fernandez, who also received second team All-America honors, notched 3.44 kills, 1.32 digs and 0.83 blocks per set, while hitting .269 for the Cougars in 2018.
Among the first team honorees are five juniors, four seniors and just one underclassman, sophomore middle blocker Daenan Gyimah. Gyimah leads the nation in hitting percentage at 535, while also accounting for 2.31 kills and 1.22 blocks per set.
Loyola senior middle blocker Jeff Jendryk became just the 12th men’s player to be tabbed as a four-time All-American, having earned first team honors in 2018, 2017 and 2015 and second team accolades in 2016.
Three-time honorees are: TJ DeFalco and Josh Tuaniga (Long Beach State), and Nicolas Szerszen (Ohio State). DeFalco, a junior outside hitter, earned his third straight first team honor as did Szerszen, a seinor outside. Tuaniga was a first team honoree in 2017 and second teamer in 2016.
Hawaii junior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg is the fifth returning first team All-American of the group of 10.
Of the 47 All-America honorees, four hail from Long Beach State, while Hawaii followed with three selections. BYU, Ohio State, UC Irvine and UCLA each notched a pair of honors.
AVCA Division I-II First Team All-America
|TJ DeFalco*^||Long Beach State University||OH||Jr.|
|Kyle Ensing+||Long Beach State University||RS||Jr.|
|Jeff Jendryk*%$||Loyola University Chicago||MB||Sr.|
|Brenden Sander^||Brigham Young University||OH||Sr.|
|Nicolas Szerszen*^||Ohio State University||OH||Sr.|
|Josh Tuaniga*%||Long Beach State University||S||Jr.|
|Larry Tuileta+||University of Hawai’i||L||Sr.|
|Stijn van Tilburg*||University of Hawai’i||OH||Jr.|
AVCA Division I-II Second Team All-America
|Nick Amado||Long Beach State University||MB||RS-Jr.|
|Karl Apfelbach||UC Irvine||RS||Jr.|
|Ryan Coenen+||Lewis University||OH||RS-So.|
|Evan Enriques^||Stanford University||L||Sr|
|Gabi Garcia Fernandez||Brigham Young University||RS||Fr.|
|Maxime Hervoir||Ohio State University||OH||Sr.|
|Scott Stadick||UC Irvine||MB||So.|
|David Wieczorek||Pepperdine University||OH||RS-Jr.|
|Joe Worsley||University of Hawai’i||S||Jr.|
* – 2017 AVCA Division I-II Men’s First-Team All-America selection
+ – 2017 AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America selection
^ – 2016AVCA Division I-II Men’s First-Team All-America selection
% -2016 AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America selection
$ – 2015 AVCA Division I-II Men’s First-Team All-American selection
! – 2015 AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America selection
AVCA Division I-II All-America Honorable Mention
|Simon Anderson||Long Beach State University||MB||Fr.|
|Joshua Ayzenberg||Sacred Heart University||L||Sr.|
|Leo Durkin||Brigham Young University||S||Sr.|
|Patrick Gasman||University of Hawai’i||MB||RS-So.|
|Alexander Harthaller||Pepperdine University||OH||Sr.|
|Hunter Howell||Concordia University Irvine||MB||Jr.|
|George Huhmann||Princeton University||RS||So.|
|Price Jarman||Brigham Young University||MB||Sr.|
|Jaylen Jasper||Stanford University||RS||Fr.|
|Aaron Koubi||UC Irvine||OH||Jr.|
|Collin Mahan||Loyola University Chicago||OH||Jr.|
|Brian Negron||George Mason University||S||Sr.|
|Rado Parapunov||University of Hawai’i||RS||So.|
|Joel Schneidmiller||UC Irvine||OH||Fr.|
|Michael Simmons||Lewis University||OH||RS-Jr.|
|Jeff Sprayberry||King University||OH||Sr.|
|Tanner Syftestad||UC San Diego||RS||Sr.|
|Sanil Thomas||Ohio State University||S||Jr.|
|Pelegrin Vargas||Fort Wayne||OH||So.|
|Hayden Wagner||George Mason University||RS||So.|
|Matt Walsh||Ball State University||MB||Sr.|
|Jack Wyett||University of Southern California||OH||RS-Jr.|
|Matt Yoshimoto||Lewis University||S||Jr.|
|Garrett Zolg||Loyola University Chicago||S||Fr.|