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Four 49ers earn MPSF Men's Volleyball All-Academic honors

Senior Kyle McElderry was one of four 49ers to be selected to the MPSF All-Academic Team.

May 30, 2012

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LONG BEACH - Four 49ers were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball All-Academic Team the conference office announced Wednesday.

Sophomore Ian Satterfield, junior Colten Echave and seniors Srdjan Nadazdin and Kyle McElderry, were all recognized for their work in the classroom.

Satterfield, a 6-foot-5 opposite, played a reserve role and was primarily a serving specialist this year. In one set played against Princeton, he registered six kills with one error on seven attempts for a .714 hitting percentage. The Manhattan Beach native also earned his first start of the season at UC San Diego. Satterfield is majoring in marketing.

Echave, who hails from Ladera Ranch, appeared in 21 matches with eight starts. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker averaged 1.43 kills per set and posted a .404 hitting percentage. Echave tallied a career-high 17 kills against UC Santa Barbara and also finished with 10 kills vs. Pepperdine. Echave is majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness.

Nadazdin (Los Alamitos, Calif.) started 11 of the 16 matches in which he played, and finished third on the team with 2.40 kills per set. The 6-foot-8 opposite pounded down a career-best 18 kills in a five-set win over BYU. He also finished with double figures at Pacific (13 kills), at Hawaii (11 kills) and at Pepperdine (10 kills). Nadazdin added a career-high 12 digs against the Tigers for his first double-double. Nadazdin is majoring in psychology.

McElderry made the transition from outside hitter to libero prior to the 2012 season and finished first on the team in digs (211). The La Palma native averaged 1.83 digs per set and had a .931 serve receive percentage. McElderry is majoring in communication studies.

Long Beach State finished the 2012 campaign with a 15-15 overall record. The 49ers were sixth in the MPSF and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

To be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic Team, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed one full academic year at their institution and must have competed in a minimum of 50 percent of the team's competition.



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