LA JOLLA, Calif. - Tanner Syftestad, a star volleyball student-athlete for the University of California San Diego, has earned All-America honors from two more publications in recent weeks.
Syftestad, a senior opposite hitter and third-time UC San Diego captain this past season, was chosen to the VolleyMob All-America Third Team, before also then garnering VolleyballMag.com All-America honorable mention, that for the second straight year. The Sacramento native (El Camino Fundamental HS) had previously become the first player in program history to gain All-America recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), with an honorable mention.
Syftestad produced double-digit kill figures in 22 of his 24 matches played as a senior, and held at least a share of the team lead in kills in 23. He was second in the nation in kills (4.48), points (5.18) and attacks (10.02) per set, finishing with a single-season career-best 390 kills to go along with 142 digs, 63 total blocks and a team-leading 27 service aces. Syftestad compiled 451.0 total points, far and away the most on the Tritons' squad.
Syftestad became just the sixth Triton to reach 1000 career kills on Feb. 3 against Stanford in front of the home crowd. He completed his UC San Diego career in the top 10 in program history in four categories: fifth in kills (1213), third in total attacks (2965), tied for second in aces (85), and seventh in total blocks (244).
Syftestad made the very first All-Big West Conference First Team following its inaugural go-around, and was Off the Block's Division II National Player of the Year 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.
M🏐: Here's the 1000th kill of #UCSanDiego senior opposite and captain Tanner Syftestad's college career, coming late in tonight's fourth set. Only 🖐 other #Tritons have done it. 👏🔱 #GoTritons #UCSD #BWCMVB #PlayBig #NCAAMVB @BigWestMVB @offtheblock11 @MPSF_Bias @VolleyMob pic.twitter.com/bmhpOXZZO7— UCSD Athletics (@UCSDtritons) February 4, 2018