Archive for April, 2008

Anderson, Lotman share AVCA Player of Year

April 30th, 2008

Penn State’s Matt Anderson and Long Beach State’s Paul Lotman Share AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year Honors


Lexington, Ky. (April 30, 2008) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Penn State University junior outside hitter Matt Anderson and Long Beach State University senior outside hitter Paul Lotman have been named 2008 AVCA Men’s Division I-II Co-National Players of the Year. This marks only the second time that there has been AVCA Co-National Players of the Year in men’s volleyball.


The presentation was made at the NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of the University of California,Irvine. The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship, to be played May 1 and 3 in BrenEvents Center at UC Irvine.


Matt Anderson

Anderson, a native of West Seneca, N.Y., has been instrumental in leading Penn State to a 28-1 overall record, a No. 1 national ranking, Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Regular Season and Tournament Championships, and a berth in the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s National Championship as the top seed. In the EIVA championship match, Anderson nailed 15 kills and added five blocks in a sweep of George Mason, en route to earning Championship MVP honors.


In addition to being named AVCA Men’s Division I-II Co-National Player of the Year, Anderson is now a two-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team laurels in 2008 as well as Second-Team honors in 2007. He also earned the distinction of being named the EIVA Regular Season Player of the Year, is a three time All-EIVA nominee and was selected the Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of February 11.


Anderson has been consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in several statistical categories in 2008. His 5.64 kills per game average place him in the No. 2 spot nationally, and his 6.47 points per game also tie him for second on the national statistics report. The talented product for the Nittany Lions has also turned in an impressive .390 season hitting percentage, in addition to racking up 1.34 digs per game.


The 6’10” phenom on the outside managed to produce double-digit kills in 28 of 29 of PSU’s contests during the season, including eight matches where he totaled 20-plus kills. He becomes the first men’s volleyball athlete in Penn State athletics history to be named AVCA National Player of the Year.


Paul Lotman

Lotman, who hails from Lakewood, Calif., helped Long Beach State ascend to as high as a No. 2 national ranking during the season and a spot in this week’s NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship semifinals with a 23-6 overall record.  He also lead the 49ers to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Regular Season Championship with an 18-4 mark in the highly-competitive conference. In the MPSF tournament semifinal match, Lotman was just one of two LBSU athletes to finish the game with double-digit kills, as he recorded 13, to go along with four digs in the eventual upset loss to Pepperdine.


On top of being named AVCA Men’s Division I-II Co-National Player of the Year, Lotman has earned numerous other awards, including being recognized as the 2008 MPSF Player of the Year, while he has also been a two-time All-MPSF selection. In addition, Lotman earned Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week laurels, the second such award of his career, for his outstanding play during the week of January 22. He becomes only the third men’s athlete ever to earn National Player of the Year distinction in just their first year as an AVCA All-American.


Statistically, Lotman stood among the nation’s best in several categories during the season. He was tops nationally with 60 service aces, was tied for second in points per game with 6.47, and his 5.46 kills per game earned him the No. 3 spot in that category. Additionally, Lotman averaged 1.34 digs and just under one block per game, making him an all-around threat to opponents.  


Lotman was able to tally double-digit kill performances in 22 matches this season, while, even more impressively, 14 of those contests saw the weapon on the outside smash over 20 kills, including one outing against Hawai’i where he went over the 30-kill plateau. Lotman becomes just the second men’s volleyball athlete in Long Beach State history to earn AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year accolades.


AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Year2008: Matt Anderson (Penn State), Paul Lotman (Long Beach State)

2007: Jonathan Winder (Pepperdine)

2006: Jayson Jablonsky (UC Irvine)

2005: Sean Rooney (Pepperdine)

2004: Carlos Moreno (BYU)

2003: Costas Theocharidis (Hawai’i)

2002: Brad Keenan (Pepperdine)

2001: Costas Theocharidis (Hawai’i)

2000: Donald Suxho (USC)

1999: George Roumain (Pepperdine)

1998: George Roumain (Pepperdine)

1997: Ivan Contreras (Penn State)

1996: Yuval Katz (Hawai’i), Stein Metzger (UCLA)

1995: Jeff Nygaard (UCLA)

1994: Jeff Nygaard (UCLA)

1993: Canyon Ceman (Stanford)

1992: Brent Hilliard (Long Beach State)

1991: Bryan Ivie (USC)


Brennan, Robinson win Bonham Award … NorCal event

April 29th, 2008

Football player Colt Brennan and softball player Kate Robinson were named the winners of the Jack Bonham Award at tonight’s Scholar-Athlete Dinner.

A total of 164 scholar athletes were honored for their academic excellence.

The Bonham Award is considered the highest honor UH gives an athlete.


The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California is holding an event on Thursday to honor June Jones in San Francisco.

Larry Beil will MC.

Call (415) 775-7005 for more information.

Looking ahead

April 29th, 2008

Greg McMackin and his staff mull over the tough choices on cuts this week. They are also looking ahead to the incoming recruiting class of 2009. Remember those letters to 10 local prospedts offering them scholarships? Now that spring practice is over, those written offers will be going out soon, McMackin said. (One has already been made, to Saint Louis receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann, but McMackin can’t talk about that specifically.)

Look for a concentrated, intense effort this spring on the local recruiting front.

Noa to try out with Jets … Warrior Bowl tape viewed

April 28th, 2008

Karl Noa leaves for New York on Wednesday for a tryout with the Jets. He’ll get his chance at the minicamp starting Friday.

Noa said it’s potentially a good fit for him, because at 6-4 and 250 he’s the prototype size for outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, which the Jets use.


There’s still plenty of time for others to make a move up the depth chart, but as of the end of spring, it appears Aaron Kia has the edge at left tackle and Inoke Funaki at quarterback. Jameel Dowling may also have moved ahead at right corner after a strong Warrior Bowl performance.


The coaches looked at the Warrior Bowl tape today. We’ll try to get their evaluations.


There may have been an email from Herman Frazier to June Jones or Leigh Steinberg regarding the $400,000 Jones contends Frazier said he wouldn’t have to pay back to UH if he left early. If that’s the case, Jones may be off the hook.

Brennan to the Redskins, four other Warriors get free-agent deals

April 27th, 2008

He’s got a great coach: Jim Zorn. Zorn can turn him from a gunslinger into a polished NFL quarterback.

Just talked to Brennan; he leaves Thursday for Washington for the first mini-camp. He’s obviously excited. Said he doesn’t plan anything wild for celebrating, just relaxing with family for a couple of days. Said he’s ready to work, although he’s still recovering from the hip surgery.

He got to talk briefly with Zorn today.

Davone Bess said he’s going to the Dolphins. He said he’s been told the slot and punt return jobs are open.

Ryan Grice-Mullins is headed to the Houston Texans as a free agent. He said he’s disappointed about the draft, but “I’m definitely not sulking.”

Agent Leo Goeas said Hercules Satele (Cardinals) and Jason Rivers (Titans) have deals, and he is trying to get a tryout for Mike Lafaele.