Carroll Named All-American for Third Time
Senior opposite Paul Carroll of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team claimed his third All-American first team award from the AVCA and was also named MPSF 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.
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 (