MPSF Player of the Year--TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
April 13, 2017
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2017 MPSF Player of the Year
TJ DeFALCO • #11 • SOPHOMORE • OUTSIDE HITTER • LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco (Huntington Beach, CA/Huntington Beach HS) played a major role in the 49ers’ earning the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament. DeFalco is the only player in the conference who is ranked amongst both the hitting percentage and kill leaders, hitting .400 (NCAA No. 9) while averaging 4.10 kills per set (NCAA No. 6). He is also the only outside hitter ranked in the MPSF’s top-15 in hitting percentage. He ranked third in MPSF matches with 4.77 points per set, and 12th in both digs (1.87) and aces per set (0.26). DeFalco was named MPSF Player of the Week on March 27, following a 38-kill and .338 hitting weekend in a crucial series split at BYU, which ultimately gave Long Beach State home court throughout the conference tournament. DeFalco is the second 49er to earn MPSF Player of the Year (Paul Lotman, 2008), and the fourth sophomore all-time. He is the second player in MPSF history to earn freshman and player of the year honors back-to-back years (Ryan Millar-BYU; 1996-97).
2017 MPSF Freshman of the Year
SCOTT STADICK • #13 • FRESHMAN • MIDDLE BLOCKER • UC IRVINE
UC Irvine freshman middle blocker Scott Stadick (Watertown, WI/Watertown HS) has accumulated a 2017 MPSF-high 22 block solos entering the postseason, one away from breaking into the MPSF’s all-time single-season top-20 list (and top-10 in the rally scoring era). He also has an MPSF second-best 110 total blocks, ranking fifth nationally with 1.20 blocks per set, and is third in the MPSF with 88 block assists. During the last weekend of the regular season, Stadick recorded an NCAA season-high tying 12 total blocks against Stanford, including three solos and a career-high nine block assists. His efforts in the middle helped UCI earn a top-four seed in the MPSF Tournament and quarterfinal home court. He ranks eighth in the conference and second amongst freshmen with a .414 hitting percentage. He is one of just two freshmen to earn an all-conference award this year. Stadick is the third Anteater to be named MPSF Freshman of the Year (Carson Clark, 2009; Brent Asuka, 2006).