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TJ DeFalco
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TJ  DeFalco

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

High School:
Huntington Beach HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 190

Position:
Outside Hitter

Experience:
2L

07/10/2017

Three LBSU Men’s Volleyball Players Conclude International Competition

TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing and Josh Tuaniga all represented the United States over the summer.

03/11/2017

No. 2 Long Beach State Rolls To Sweep over No. 10 Loyola Chicago

Long Beach State has now won 12 straight.

04/14/2016

Long Beach State Places Five on All-MPSF Men’s Volleyball Team

TJ DeFalco named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.

2017 AVCA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2017 MPSF PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2016 & 2017 AVCA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
2016 & 2017 MPSF ALL-FIRST TEAM
2017 KARCH KIRALY AWARD RECIPIENT
2016 AVCA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
2016 MPSF FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
2016 MPSF ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
2016 OFF THE BLOCK FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN

2017 (Sophomore): Named AVCA and MPSF Player of the Year ... Selected to the AVCA All-America First Team ... Named to the MPSF All-First Team ... Recipient of the Karch Kiraly Award given to the nation's best outside attacker ... Ranked fifth in the conference and sixth in the nation with 3.99 kills per set ... Led the Beach with 419 kills ... Hitting percentage of .389 was good for fourth in the league and eighth in the country ... Led the Beach with 33 service aces to average 0.31 per set which came in 10th in the MPSF and 31st in the nation ... Tallied double-figure kills in 29 of 31 matches and reached 20 or more kills on three occasions ... Posted three double-doubles on the year ... His three double-doubles came at Cal Baptist (12 kills, 12 digs), at UC Santa Barbara (14 kills, 13 digs), and at BYU (25 kills, 14 digs) ... His 25-kill, 14-dig performance at BYU (March 25) marked a season-high in both categories ... Led Long Beach State in kills on 24 occasions ... Led the Beach in digs seven times ... Led the squad in blocks five times ... Finished the year ranked fourth all-time with 29 double-figure kills matches in a single season ... Set a new Long Beach State Conference Tournament Single-Match Record with four service aces against USC (April 15).

2016 (Freshman): Named the AVCA Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team All-America honors ... Tabbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year ... Also a first-team All-MPSF and MPSF All-Freshman Team selection ... Chosen as an Off the Block Freshman All-American ... Ranked second in the conference and sixth in the nation with 4.32 kills per set ... His 510 total kills were the most by an LBSU freshman since 1990 ... Tops on the squad with 238 digs (2.02/set) and 40 aces ... Reached double-digit kills in 30 of 32 matches played ... Finished with 20 or more kills nine times ... Added a team-leading seven double-doubles ... Named the AVCA/Sports Import National Player of the Week and the MPSF/Molten Player of the Week following his MPSF debut ... Had 21 kills, nine digs and six aces in a 3-1 win over Cal Baptist (Jan. 15) ... Followed that outing with 19 kills, eight digs and three aces against USC on Jan. 16 ... First double-double came vs. BYU on Jan. 22 (14 kills, 10 digs) ... Notched 21 kills and 14 digs at UCLA (Jan. 27) ... Put down a season-best 27 kills to go along with 14 digs in a five-set victory at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 29 ... Registered three-straight double-doubles from Feb. 24-March 5 ... Opened the streak with a 17-kill, 10-dig performance at Hawai'i (Feb. 24) ... Added four aces and a season-high seven blocks ... Came back two days later with 11 kills and a season-best 15 digs in a 3-0 win over the Rainbow Warriors ... Selected as the MPSF Player of the Week for his effort ... Posted 21 kills, 10 digs and six blocks at Penn State on March 5 ... Totaled 25 kills vs. Lewis on March 11 ... Had 26 kills and 11 digs at Pepperdine (March 31) ... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team ... Finished with 14 kills on .619 hitting in the play-in match vs. Erskine on May 3 ... Recorded a match-high 23 kills against BYU (May 5).

High School: Lettered at Huntington Beach High School ... Led the Oilers to three-straight CIF-Southern Section and CIF Southern California Regional titles ... Closed out his career on a 104-match win streak ... Posted back-to-back 40-0 seasons as a junior and senior ... Named the 2015 Sunset League Athlete of the Year (all sports) ... Also tabbed the Sunset League Boys' Volleyball co-MVP ... Earned the outright honor in 2013 and 2014 ... Selected as the 2014 CIF-SS Division I Player of the Year ... Three-time first-team All-CIF, all-county and all-league honoree ... Two-time OC Register Player of the Year (2014-15) ... Received AVCA Boys' High School Senior All-America accolades.

Quick Facts: Selected to the USA Men's National Team Roster for the 2017 FIVB World League ... One of 17 players chosen for the roster competing in the month-long competition held from June 2 through July 9 ... Played in the initial group pool play matches in France and Poland, before moving to the finals site of Curtiba, Brazil ... Helped the United States advance to the semifinals where they would finish fourth place in the competition ... Competed for Team USA at the 2016 Pan American Games ... Youngest player named to the United States' 2015 World League preliminary roster ... Member of the U.S. squad at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the FIVB Boys' U-19 World Championships ... Won the 2014 NORCECA U-19 Continental Championship with the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team ... Named the Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker of the tournament ... Had two top-10 finishes at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U-19 World Championships ... Claimed the bronze medal in 2013 and placed ninth in 2014 ... Tied for fifth with Louis Richard at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games ... Played for The HBC Volleyball Club ... Collected two gold medals, one silver and one bronze over his last four USAV Boys' Junior National Championships ... Earned all-tournament honors every year ... Tabbed the tournament MVP in 2013 (U-16) and 2014 (U-18) ... Headlined Volleyball Magazine's 2015 Fab 50 list as the publication's No. 1 recruit.

Major: Consumer Affairs

Career Highs
Kills: 27 at UC Santa Barbara (1/29/16)
Attempts: 52, Twice, Last vs. No. 5 Hawaii (1/18/17)
Hitting Pct. (Min. 5 Att.): .700 vs. Sacred Heart (1/8/16)
Aces: 6 vs. Cal Baptist (1/15/16)
Digs: 15 at Hawai'i (2/26/16)
Blocks: 7 at Hawai'i (2/24/16)
Assists: 5 at Stanford (4/2/16)

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