TJ DeFalco named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
49ers and Anteaters will square off Thursday at 4 p.m. (PT)
49ers will face UC Irvine in semifinals next Thursday
Redshirt freshman leads the nation with 1.42 blocks per set
49ers host the Cardinal in MPSF Quarterfinals
2016 AVCA SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
2016 ALL-MPSF FIRST TEAM
2015 VBM THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
2015 & 2013 ALL-MPSF HONORABLE MENTION
2013 MPSF ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Career: Finished his career ranked fifth in school history with 500 total blocks.
2016 (Senior): Earned second-team AVCA All-America and first-team All-MPSF honors ... Started 30 of 31 matches played ... Averaged 1.82 kills and 0.87 blocks per set ... Led the conference with a .506 hitting percentage ... That mark also ranks second in LBSU single-season history ... Did not commit an attack error until his 63rd attempt of the season ... Finished the year with 14 errorless matches and 11 outings with a .600-plus clip ... Hit a season-best .917 (11-0-12) in a 3-1 win vs. USC on Jan. 16 ... His 11 kills against the Trojans were a career high ... Also reached double figures with 10 kills vs. BYU (Jan. 22), vs. Pepperdine (Feb. 6) and at CSUN (March 19) ... Recorded a season-high nine block assists at Cal Baptist on Feb. 10.
2015 (Junior): Earned third-team Volleyball Magazine All-America honors and garnered All-MPSF honorable mention recognition ... Finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year Award ... Led the conference and ranked second in the nation with 1.51 blocks per set ... Registered a career-high 13 solo blocks to go along with 127 block assists on the season ... Also totaled 124 kills (1.33/set) and 14 aces ... Notched a career-best and LBSU single-match rally scoring era record 15 blocks at UC Santa Barbara on March 4 ... Added five kills on .500 hitting (5-0-10) against the Gauchos ... Reached double figures again with 10 blocks vs. Pepperdine on March 26 ... Added eight blocks vs. Cal Baptist (March 18), vs. USC (March 20) and at UC San Diego (April 4) ... Put down a season-high 10 kills at Pepperdine on Jan. 24.
2014 (Sophomore): Started 26 of 27 matches played ... Ranked second on the team with 1.08 blocks per set ... Also averaged 1.38 kills per set and hit .393 ... Had 10 blocks and a season-high nine kills at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 14 ... Finished with eight kills in the season opener vs. Harvard (Jan. 4) ... Hit 1.000 (6-0-6) at Hawai'i on Jan. 16 ... Totaled eight kills and no errors on 13 attempts in a four-set win over No. 2 BYU (March 7) ... Added six kills and eight blocks at USC on March 22.
2013 (Freshman): Garnered All-MPSF honorable mention recognition and was named to the conference's all-freshman team ... Finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year Award ... Led the nation with 1.47 blocks per set ... Established an LBSU freshman record with 156 total blocks ... Also finished with 1.23 kills per set and a .394 hitting percentage ... Played in and started 27 matches ... Registered a then career-high 11 blocks vs. Cal Baptist (March 21) and vs. UC Irvine in the MPSF Tournament (April 25) ... Added eight kills against the Anteaters ... Had eight kills and nine blocks in a non-conference win over George Mason on March 15 ... Hit over .400 on 14 occasions, including a season-high .857 (6-0-7) vs. USC on Feb. 8.
High School: Won three letters at Hart High School ... Three-time first-team All-Foothill League and All-Valley selection ... Led the league in blocking as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Finished the 2011 season with a career-high 270 kills, 181 blocks and 24 aces.
Quick Facts: Selected to the 2013 U.S. Men's Junior National Team ... Was an alternate to the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 2011 ... Won a bronze medal at the 2010 Boys' Youth A2 HP Championships ... Played three years of club for Legacy VBC ... Named to the 2011 Volleyball Magazine Boys' Fab 50 list.
Major: Kinesiology - Sport Psychology
Kills: 11, vs. USC (1/16/16)
Attempts: 19, 2x, last at UC Irvine (4/3/15)
Hitting Pct. (Min. 5 Att.): 1.000 (6-0-6), at Hawai'i (1/16/14)
Aces: 3, 2x, last vs. CSUN (3/18/16)
Digs: 5, vs. Cal Baptist (3/21/13)
Blocks: 15, at UC Santa Barbara (3/4/15)
Assists: 4, vs. Stanford (2/5/16)
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