Pair of Incoming Tritons Named AVCA High School All-Americans
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A pair of incoming freshmen for the University of California San Diego men's volleyball program, Blake Crisp and Berkeley Miesfeld, have been chosen to American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) High School Senior All-America teams.
Crisp is on the 10-player first team, with Miesfeld named to the 10-player second team. Both players are National Letter-of-Intent signings for UC San Diego head coach Kevin Ring, and will arrive on the La Jolla campus this fall. Announced on June 13, this marks the 12th year in which the AVCA has sponsored these awards.
Crisp is a 6-foot-3 setter out of Westlake Village and Westlake High School. Miesfeld, a 6-foot-5 San Diego product out of La Jolla High School, can serve as both a setter and opposite hitter. Two of his LJHS teammates were also recognized, with 17 high schools represented.
Crisp, a four-year starter and three-year captain at Westlake High, was named the Ventura County Star Boys Volleyball Player of the Year for his senior campaign. The 2018 Marmonte League Co-Most Valuable Player and a three-time first-teamer, he set the Warriors to back-to-back league titles in 2016 and 2017. This summer, he is one of three setters on the 20-player U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team.
Miesfeld was a four-year varsity player and two-year captain at LJHS, earning All-CIF San Diego Section First Team as a senior. He guided the Vikings to the last two league crowns as a two-time All-Western League First Team pick, alongside the 2017 CIFSDS Open Division championship. LJHS was the 2018 CIFSDS Open Division runner-up. Miesfeld is a distinguished scholar-athlete, and was a class valedictorian.
UC San Diego was among six programs with multiple AVCA honorees, with Ohio State leading the way with four, followed by Pepperdine with three, and UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UCLA and Grand Canyon at two apiece. Five of the 20 selections are headed into the Big West Conference.
Crisp and Miesfeld, picked out among a record 97 nominations, are the first Tritons selected for the AVCA distinction, since Tyler Bird made the first team in 2014 and Griffin Galvin the second team in 2013. Two Tritons are on the list for the first time since 2011, when Garrett Dempsey and Tien Le were both second-teamers. Only high school seniors whose head coaches are AVCA members are eligible.
Crisp was subsequently also named to the 12-player VolleyballMag.com Boy's High School All-America Second Team on July 19.