LBSU Men’s Volleyball Duo Selected as MPSF All-Academic Scholar Athletes
Amir Lugo-Rodriguez, Matt Butler recognized as MPSF All-Academic Scholar Athletes
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State middle blocker Amir Lugo-Rodriguez and setter Matt Butler were selected as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Scholar Athletes for the 2017 men’s volleyball season. MPSF Executive Director, Al Beaird, made the announcement Tuesday morning.
Lugo-Rodriguez earned the honors for the second time in his Long Beach State career after being selected to the 2016 squad. This year, the senior middle blocker played in all 31 matches for the Beach and finished the year with a nation-leading 1.28 blocks per set. He led LBSU with an attack percentage of .488 (151-24-260) and added 1.45 kills per set, while serving as a team captain and leading Long Beach State to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight year.
The South Pasadena, Calif., native has racked up the postseason accolades with an All-MPSF Second Team nod, the Off The Block National Blocker of the Year award, the 2017 Ryan Millar Award winner for the nation’s top middle attacker, a First Team AVCA All-American honor, and a Second Team All-American selection by VolleyballMag.com.
Off the court, Lugo-Rodriguez finished his Long Beach State career with a 3.33 GPA as he works towards a master’s degree in sports management.
Butler collects the academic honors for the second time in his career after being selected to the 2015 squad during his sophomore season. The redshirt junior saw action in 30 matches for the Beach this season as a service specialist. Butler came off the bench and served with a 91.5 percent efficiency rate as he served up two aces in 118 attempts, while committing just 10 errors.
The product out of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished his junior year with 15 digs, two service aces and one assist. He was selected to the MPSF All-Academic Team after posting a 3.11 GPA as a civil engineering major.
To be selected as an MSPF All-Academic Scholar Athlete, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, 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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