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TJ DeFalco Named 2017 AVCA Division I-II Men's Player of the Year

May 3, 2017

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Long Beach State sophomore TJ DeFalco was named the 2017 TeamSnap/AVCA Division I-II Men's Player of the Year. DeFalco was presented with the award at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday evening.

DeFalco earned the honor for the first time in his career and is the fourth-ever Long Beach State player to win the honor behind Brent Hilliard (1992), Paul Lotman (2008) and Taylor Crabb (2013).

The 6-foot-4 outside hitter has had an outstanding sophomore season thus far as he won MPSF Player of the Year, the Karch Kiraly Award for best outside hitter in the nation by Off the Block, and MPSF Tournament MVP.

The two-time AVCA First Team All-American currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in kills per set (3.99), hitting percentage (.394), and points per set (4.67). He has notched double-digit kill totals in 28 out of LBSU's 30 matches and has hit at least .400 in 15 matches this season, with his season high coming against UC San Diego when he posted a .667 clip (15-1-21).

In addition to leading the Beach offensively, he has also provided defensively as well with 1.73 digs per set and 0.72 blocks per set.

DeFalco is also tied for the team lead with 30 service aces on the year.



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