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Tritons Lead Conference Again With Nine MPSF All-Academic Selections
Release: Friday 06/02/2017 

WOODLAND, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's volleyball team saw a conference- and program-high nine student-athletes named a 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic selection as the organization announced its picks this week.

Earning the distinction were Shayne Beamer, Ian Colbert, Alec Flowers, Xander Jimenez, Calvin Manchenko, Luke McDonald, Milosh Stojcic, Nathan Thalken and Bryan Zhu.

Student-athletes are nominated based on criteria that includes a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average, being at least a sophomore academically, having completed one full academic year at the school prior to the past season, and participation in 50 percent or more of the team's matches for 2017.

Colbert (three-time), Zhu (three-time), Beamer (two-time), Flowers (two-time), McDonald (two-time) and Stojcic (two-time) are all multi-time honorees.

This year, the league recognized a total of 51 student-athletes, with 11 of its 12 member institutions represented.

It marks the second straight year that UC San Diego has led the MPSF in All-Academic picks. This is the sixth consecutive year in which head coach Kevin Ring's program has had at least six recognized. The team's previous high was eight honorees in 2014.

2017 MPSF All-Academic Selections
Name Pos. Year GPA Major College Hometown/Last School
Shayne Beamer MB Sr. 3.05 Anthropology/Global Health Roosevelt Burbank/John Burroughs HS
Ian Colbert OH Sr. 3.43 Electrical Engineering Marshall Belmont/St. Ignatius College Prep
Alec Flowers MB/OH Jr. 3.61 Management Science Marshall Mountain View/Mountain View HS
Xander Jimenez OH Fr. 3.57 International Business Roosevelt San Jose/Saint Francis HS
Calvin Manchenko OH Jr. 3.10 Economics Muir Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East HS
Luke McDonald OPP So. 3.28 Economics Roosevelt Sacramento/Rio Americano HS
Milosh Stojcic S Jr. 3.40 Chemical Engineering Roosevelt Redondo Beach/South HS
Nathan Thalken OPP So. 3.23 International Business Roosevelt Sacramento/Rio Americano HS
Bryan Zhu MB Jr. 3.45 Bioengineering Marshall San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS


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