• Triton Q&A (1/4/16)
Three-time team captain ... First player in program history to garner postseason recognition from AVCA, earning All-America honorable mention following 2018 campaign ... First UC San Diego student-athlete in any sport named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week and All-Big West ... Completed career with 59 matches in double-figure kills, including 15 of 20-plus and one of 30-plus (career-best 31) ... Sixth Triton to reach 1000 kills ... Left program fifth all-time in kills (1213), tied for second in aces (85), third in attacks (2965) and seventh in total blocks (244) ... Signed first professional contract in summer of 2018 with United Volleys Frankfurt in Germany's top division, the Bundesliga.
AS A SENIOR IN 2018
Team tri-captain ... AVCA All-America honorable mention ... VolleyMob All-America Third Team ... VolleyballMag.com All-America honorable mention ... All-Big West First Team ... Repeat Off the Block (OTB) Division II National Player of the Year ... One of 12 UC San Diego Athletes of the Year ... Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week (1/9) ... Big West Player of the Week (1/8) ... VolleyMob Player of the Week (1/23) ... Bryan Ivie Award runner-up ... Two VolleyMob Player of the Week honorable mentions (1/9 and 1/30) ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for January (2/9) ... Two-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (1/8 and 1/22) ... Placed 22nd to narrowly miss out on one of 20 spots on Off the Block (OTB)/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-America teams, becoming only second Triton mentioned (Chase Frishman, 2013) in seven years that OTB has been presenting preseason All-America awards ... For second year in a row, one of 15 named to preseason watch list for fourth annual Bryan Ivie Award, presented by OTB to best opposite in Division I-II ... Led entire nation for much of season in kills (4.48), points (5.18) and attacks (10.02) per set, before finishing second in all three categories ... Single-season career high of 390 kills, to go along with 142 digs, 63 total blocks and team-best 27 aces ... Compiled 451.0 points to lead Tritons ... Match- and season-high 27 kills on .365 (27-8-52) hitting in season-opening five-set win vs. McKendree (1/5), including 11 kills in third set alone ... Match-high 22 kills on .356 (22-6-45) hitting the next night in four-set decision vs. King (1/6) ... 49 kills at 5.44 per set over first two matches netted him first-ever Big West Player of the Week honor (1/8), and also UC San Diego's first AVCA Player of the Week selection since 2012, and fourth in program history ... Became just sixth Triton to reach 1000 career kills vs. Stanford (2/3) ... Double-digit kill figures in 22 of 24 matches played, including eight with 20-plus, and four double-doubles ... Held at least a share of team lead in kills in 23 ... Missed four contests in two-match Big West sets with No. 5 UC Irvine (injury) and top-ranked eventual national champion Long Beach State (illness) ... Member of first-ever All-Big West First Team in men's volleyball.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2017
Team tri-captain ... VolleyballMag.com All-America honorable mention ... All-MPSF Second Team ... Inaugural Off the Block (OTB) Division II National Player of the Year ... One of 14 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... Tied for fifth in final voting for OTB's Bryan Ivie Award, presented to nation's best opposite ... Team's Most Valuable Player ... Six-time OTB National Offensive Player of the Night (1/2, 1/20, 1/28, 2/1, 2/4 and 3/14) ... One of 32 OTB/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month candidates for January ... Three-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (1/23, 1/30 and 2/6) ... One of 17 named to preseason watch list for third annual Bryan Ivie Award ... First Triton to earn any kind of postseason athletic recognition from MPSF since 2012, first All-MPSF selection since 2011, just the program's third All-MPSF pick, and last one ... Appeared in 25 matches and 87 sets, with 24 starts at opposite ... Team-best 17 matches in double-figure kills, with seven 20-plus and one 30-plus ... Put down match highs of 20-plus kills on .357 hitting or better in three successive five-setters, two of them wins, beginning with then-career-best 23 vs. No. 6 UC Irvine (1/20) ... Produced 22 kills the next night in come-from-behind victory at Concordia (1/21), and another career-high 31 on his 22nd birthday vs. Hope International (1/28) ... Against HIU, had 12 kills in fourth set alone, with his kills accounting for final two UCSD points in both fourth and fifth games, breaking 14-14 tie in decider ... Season-high nine digs and five total blocks vs. HIU, falling one dig short of second career double-double ... 31 kills and 35.0 total points vs. HIU were program records for the rally-scoring era (since 2011), with 56 attempts a career high ... Missed last two matches due to injury suffered late in third set vs. Pepperdine (4/7), after putting down 17 kills on .483 (17-3-29) hitting ... Came off bench at UC Santa Barbara (1/13).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2016
Team co-captain ... Appeared in 27 matches, starting 24 at opposite ... Led team with 2.84 kills per set and was second in kills (216), service aces (15) and total blocks (44) ... Contributed 81 digs and 11 assists... Led the team in scoring average with 3.36 points per set ... Scored double digit kill totals in eight matches this year ... Ended the season with 255.5 total points scored, just two points shy of the team's highest total ... Set and tied a career record of 18 kills in single matches vs. Pepperdine (3/2) and UCI (3/5).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015
Two-time Off the Block National Freshman of the Week honorable mention (1/12 and 3/2) ... Team MVP and Cauldron Award ... One of three Tritons to appear in all 28 matches, and the only one to start all 28 ... Led UCSD in a majority of categories, including sets played (89), kills (241), kills per set (2.71), total attacks (729), aces (15), block assists (64), total blocks (75), blocks per set (0.84), points (299.0) and points per set (3.36) ... Ranked 46th nationally in blocks per set ... Reached double figures in kills a team-best 12 times, and had at least a share of team high in kills in 18 contests, including six in a row from Feb. 14-March 4 ... Made official college debut as the starter at opposite in season opener at Concordia (1/7) ... Reached double figures in kills in each of his first two matches, with 12 at Concordia and 14 more in a come-from-behind five-set triumph at Grand Canyon (1/10) to share the team high ... Had lone double-double by a Triton in 2015 at Concordia, with a team-high 10 digs to go along with his 12 kills ... Match highs of 12 kills and five total blocks vs. Concordia (2/6) ... Team-high 13 kills vs. No. 5 UC Irvine (2/7) ... Season highs of 16 kills and four service aces vs. Stanford (2/14), with four digs and five total blocks.
AT CHICO STATE
Attended Chico State for the 2013-14 academic year, and played on the men's volleyball club team, as the school does not sponsor an intercollegiate program.
Played for Going Gold Volleyball (2011-12) and PVC (2012-13).
A 2013 graduate of El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... All-Capital Athletic League First Team, Team MVP and South MVP of Optimist All-Star Game as a senior ... Team's Most Improved as a junior ... Eagles placed second at Elk Grove Tournament ... Also competed in water polo for two years.
Born Jan. 28 in Sacramento ... Parents are Brian and Joyce Syftestad ... Has an older sister named Jillian ... Anthropology (archaeology) major with an environmental sciences minor at Muir College ... Hopes to play professional volleyball somewhere in the world after graduating from UC San Diego ... Most memorable volleyball moment is getting recruited by UCSD to play in the MPSF ... Favorite UCSD moment is meeting Triton teammates for first time ... Lists basketball as a hobby ... Roots for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, Sacramento Kings and San Jose Sharks ... Favorite athletes are U.S. men's national volleyball team standout Matt Anderson and soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic ... Top movie is V for Vendetta ... Listens to Rebelution and Fetty Wap ... Loves traditional Peruvian dish lomo saltado ... Spent a month during 2015 summer in Peru studying under a resident professor for his first foray outside the country ... Has listed parents, volleyball player Clayton Stanley and Kobe Bryant among his greatest influences ... Can juggle ... Works for UCSD Recreation.