A Program First! Tanner Syftestad Earns AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of California San Diego men's volleyball senior opposite hitter Tanner Syftestad picked up American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honorable mention on Monday morning.
Syftestad is the first player in program history to earn postseason recognition from the AVCA, which started its NCAA Division I-II awards in 1991. No Triton has been a first- or second-team AVCA All-American since then, with UC San Diego only moving out of the NCAA Division III for the 2001 season. The AVCA added honorable mentions in 2014.
The three-time captain is one of 27 standouts from around the nation to garner honorable mention, with 10 All-America first-teamers and 10 on the second team. Syftestad is one of 16 total Big West Conference representatives.
Syftestad (Sacramento/Chico State/El Camino Fundamental HS) appeared in 24 of UC San Diego's 28 matches during his fourth and final campaign in the program, missing four due to injury and illness. He reached double-figure kills in 22 of them, and posted at least a share of the team high in kills in 23, the lone exception being a Jan. 11 home sweep over UC Merced in which he exited late in the opening set.
Syftestad remains second nationally with 4.48 kills, 5.18 points and 10.02 attacks per set, with just the NCAA Championship left in the college men's volleyball season. He finished with a single-season career high of 390 kills. Syftestad had eight matches with 20-plus kills, including three with a season-high 27, and produced four double-doubles.
Syftestad is only the sixth Triton to achieve 1000 career kills, and leaves UC San Diego in the all-time top 10 in four categories, as he is fifth in kills (1213), third in total attacks (2965), tied for second in aces (85), and seventh in total blocks (244).
Syftestad had already earned All-Big West First Team and Off the Block Division II National Player of the Year distinction, the latter for the second season in a row. He was the first-ever Big West Player of the Week on Jan. 8, and also the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week for that same week.