Carroll Named All-American for Third Time

MALIBU, Calif. – Senior opposite Paul Carroll of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team had his prolific career come to an end over the weekend, but the honors continue to pour in as he was named an AVCA All-American first team selection for the third time and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Tournament MVP on Monday.


Carroll was joined on the MPSF all-tournament team by sophomore setter Kasey Crider and sophomore middle blocker Tyler Jaynes.


Unfortunately for the Waves (22-5), their second-place finish at the MPSF Tournament wasn’t good enough to send them on to the four-team NCAA Championships. USC claimed the automatic bid while UC Irvine was awarded the only at-large berth.


Carroll (Forster, Australia) should end up as the nation’s kill leader for the second straight year. He averaged 6.36 kills, 2.09 digs, 1.05 blocks and 0.30 aces while hitting .392 this season. He is Pepperdine’s first player to earn three All-American first team awards since Sean Rooney from 2003-05. Carroll was the only three-time All-American on the AVCA’s list this year.


The AVCA will announce its national player of the year this Wednesday (May 6), and Carroll should be a leading candidate for the award. Pepperdine volleyball players have won the honor in each of the last three odd-numbered years (Brad Keenan in 2003, Sean Rooney in 2005 and Jonathan Winder in 2007).


Carroll finished his career with a couple of tremendous efforts, slamming down 33 kills in the Waves’ 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge in the MPSF semifinals and then posting a career-high-tying 37 in a 3-2 loss to USC in the tournament final. He finished his career with 2,101 kills, third all-time at Pepperdine. He had 661 kills in 2009, breaking his own school single-season record for the rally-scoring era.


At the MPSF Tournament, Carroll averaged 6.85 kills, 1.62 digs and 1.08 blocks while hitting .372 over the three matches. Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) averaged 13.92 assists and 2.15 digs and led the Waves to a .337 team hitting percentage. Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) averaged 2.38 kills and 1.69 blocks while hitting .491.




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