LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego men's volleyball player Phil Bannan has been named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Second Team it was announced Thursday. Bannan recently completed his collegiate career as one of the most prolific players to ever suit up for the Tritons.
A senior setter, Bannan broke UCSD records for career assists and service aces, both against Pepperdine in February. He finished with 4,399 assists and 110 aces, more than any player in school history. This season, Bannan registered at least 40 assists eight times and had at least 30 in 21 matches. He had a career-high five aces at UC Irvine in January and 14 times he had multiple aces in a match.
After breaking the two records, Bannan was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February.
The Newport Beach, Calif., native totaled 277 blocks, tying him for third on UCSD's all-time list. He also collected 522 career digs, which ranks fifth all-time at UC San Diego.
Bannan recorded a pair of double-doubles in 2011 with 35 assists and 10 digs vs. Cal State Northridge on Feb. 19 and a season-high 66 assists and 10 digs at Pepperdine on Mar. 12.
For the season, he averaged 9.84 assists, .51 service aces, 1.24 digs, .63 blocks and 1.53 points per set. On the national level, he currently ranks second in aces per set and 23rd in assists per set.
Bannan was an All-MPSF Honorable Mention selection in 2009 as a sophomore and 2010 as a junior. He's the first second team selection since libero Eric Leserman earned the honor in 2007.
"Phil has been, if not the best, one of the best we've ever had in our program," said UCSD head coach Kevin Ring. "It's no surprise that the success we've had over the past few years has coincided with him being our starting setter."
Senior opposite Murphy Troy of top-ranked USC was tabbed the MPSF Player of the Year. In addition, the Trojans' Bill Ferguson was named the Coach of the Year. Outside hitter Taylor Sander of BYU picked up Freshman of the Year honors.
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