June 2, 2010
WOODLAND, Calif. - Cal State Northridge seniors Theo Edwards and Kevin McKniff were named to the 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office on May 26.
With two honorees in 2010, the Matador men's volleyball program has now had 33 student-athletes awarded MPSF All-Academic honors over the past six 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.
Edwards, an Urban Studies major from Northridge, Calif., earned MPSF academic honors for the second straight season. In a breakout 2010 season, he led the Matadors in kills per game (3.32) and was second on the squad with a career-best 379 kills in 31 matches. He also set career-highs in aces (15), digs (154) and blocks (75) in helping Northridge to the NCAA Tournament semifinals.
McKniff, a Business major from Tucson, Ariz., is now a four-time MPSF All-Academic Team honoree. The middle blocker was a first team AVCA All-American as well as a first team All-MPSF selection. He was among the national leaders in hitting all season and led Northridge with a .477 hitting clip. He established career-highs in kills (359), kills per game (2.94) as well as aces (40) and blocks (134). He ended his Northridge career among the top-10 in Matador history in hitting, aces, block assists and total blocks.
"Both Kevin and Theo are great volleyball players," said head coach Jeff Campbell. "Now that they've achieved this honor it just shows that they are multi-faceted and they can play volleyball and be outstanding students as well.
"They both graduated and I know they are going to be successful in whatever they choose to do in their lives."
2010 MPSF Men's Volleyball All-Academic Selections
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Kevin Sagers Kent Tuttle Reed Chilton Robb Stowell Yamil Perez Andrew Stewart Russell Lavaja
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII Nejc Zemljak
LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY Srdjan Nadazdin Tommy Pestolesi Kyle Friend
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC Mark Bauhs Clay Ostrander
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Brent Schirripa JD Schleppenbach Rodnei Santos Tyler Jaynes
STANFORD UNIVERSITY Garrett Werner Kawika Shoji Brad Lawson Jordan Inafuku Gus Ellis Evan Romero Jason Palacios Spencer McLachlin Erik Shoji
UC IRVINE Kevin Wynne Cory Yoder Will Montgomery
UCLA Dylan Bowermaster Jack Polales Thomas Amberg Kevin Ker
UC SAN DIEGO Adrian Guthals Carl Eberts Joel Davidson Cyrus Kiani
UC SANTA BARBARA Andy McGuire Jake Rosener
USC Murphy Troy Tony Ciarelli Hunter Current Andrew Pizula Riley McKibbin
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