Senior Eric Vance Leads Five Matadors on the 2009 MPSF All-Academic Team

May 29, 2009

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WOODLAND, Calif. - Senior Eric Vance led the way as five Cal State Northridge men's volleyball players were named to the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office on May 29.

In addition to Vance, juniors Theo Edwards, Mike Gaudino and Kevin McKniff along with sophomore Jeff Baxter were honored for their academic excellence.

With five honorees in 2009, Matador men's volleyball has now had a conference-best 31 student-athletes awarded MPSF All-Academic honors over the past five seasons.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, must be at least a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at their current institution and have competed in fifty percent or more of their institution's contests this season.

Vance, an Economics major from Camarillo, Calif., recently completed his stellar career both on the court and in the classroom. The two-time AVCA All-American etched his name in three Northridge career categories at the conclusion of the season as he ranks fifth in kills (1,668), second in aces (181) and third in attempts (3,606). In addition, Vance was a four-time MPSF All-Academic Team selection.

McKniff, a Business major from Tucson, Ariz., is now a three-time MPSF All-Academic Team honoree. The middle blocker was a third team All-MPSF honoree and led the conference in hitting at .478. After three seasons, he ranks in the Northridge career top-10 in total blocks (284) and block assists (262).

Baxter, a Kinesiology major from Simi Valley, Calif., has earned MPSF All-Academic honors in each of the two seasons he has been eligible. The redshirt sophomore was primarily a serving specialist in each of his first two seasons.

Edwards, an Urban Studies major from Northridge, Calif., and Gaudino, a Recreation and Tourism major from La Canada, Calif., are each making their first appearance on the MPSF All-Academic Team. Edwards appeared in a career-high 21 matches this season while while Gaudino posted season-highs in kills, kills per game, assists, aces, digs and blocks. His 43 aces this season ranks 10th in Matador single season history.


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