WOODLAND, Calif. - Eight UC San Diego men’s volleyball players have qualified for 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic honors, as announced Tuesday by MPSF executive director Al Beaird. The league recognized a total of 52 student-athletes, with 12 of its 13 member institutions represented.
The Tritons making the list were Eric Barber, Mike Brunsting, Garrett Dempsey, Nick Iorfino, Scot Metzger, Mathew Schnitzer, Elliott Shaw and Fred Stahl. UCSD was second only to Stanford’s nine for the most players designated.
The selections are based on criteria that includes a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average, the student-athlete being at least a sophomore academically, having completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the past season, and having competed in 50 percent or more of the team’s matches for 2014.
UCSD’s eight awardees serve as another program high for head coach Kevin Ring, who completed his ninth season at the helm of his alma mater. Seven Tritons were honored in 2013, after six in 2012.
Brunsting earned the distinction for the third year in a row, with Dempsey and Stahl both two-time honorees. The other five Tritons are all first-timers.
Brunsting was a fourth-year senior tri-captain in 2014. The Poway native out of Francis Parker School is majoring in human biology, and played at setter, opposite and outside hitter. Dempsey, from Palos Heights, Ill. (Marist HS), is a junior setter majoring in biochemistry and cell biology. Stahl, a product of Sunnyvale (Bellarmine College Prep) and fifth-year senior middle blocker, has already completed his degree requirements in cognitive science with specialization in computation.
Barber (Santa Monica/Santa Monica HS), a redshirt sophomore outside hitter this past spring, has the top GPA of the group at 3.66. He majors in environmental systems. Iorfino (Huntington Beach/Huntington Beach HS) and Metzger (Crestwood, MO/St. Louis University HS) are two senior outside hitters pursuing degrees in communication and aerospace engineering, respectively.
Schnitzer (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) majors in cognitive science as a redshirt freshman middle blocker. Shaw (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) is a junior-to-be who primarily plays libero and is an international studies-sociology major.