MPSF Player of the Year Taylor Sander
April 18, 2013
2013 All-MPSF Men's Volleyball Selections
2013 MPSF Player of the Year
TAYLOR SANDER #15 JUNIOR OUTSIDE HITTER BYU
BYU junior outside hitter and two-time All-American Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, CA/Norco HS) averaged 3.98 kills with a .344 clip in MPSF matches, along with 4.75 points per set, helping the top-ranked Cougars become the quickest team ever to clinch the conference tournament's No. 1 seed this past March 30. He posted double-figure kills in 24 of the 26 overall BYU matches in the regular season, accumulating a .335 clip. Sander was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on January 21 after hitting .375 in wins over No. 1 UC Irvine and UC San Diego, a weekend in which he also became the rally-scoring era BYU service ace leader. Sander went on to break the all-era program record in less than three years, serving four aces on March 9 against Cal Baptist. He has served 37 of his 122 career aces in his junior season. In 2013, Sander produced the top-two MPSF single-match hitting performances of at least 20 swings, hitting .762 (17-1-21) against USC on March 30 and .750 (16-1-20) against Cal Baptist on March 8. Sander becomes the third BYU Cougar to be named MPSF Player of the Year (Carlos Moreno, 2004; Ryan Millar, 1997). He also joins UC Irvine's Carson Clark as the only MPSF Volleyball players to be named to the first team in each of their first three years.
2013 MPSF Freshman of the Year
BEN PATCH #13 FRESHMAN OPPOSITE BYU
BYU freshman opposite Ben Patch (Provo, UT/Provo HS) ranked 12th in the MPSF for the 24 conference matches in both kills (3.49 K/S) and points per set (4.07), each a high for all first year players. His overall kill average, also 3.49 kills per set, ranks 18th in the nation and is the second best amongst all freshmen across the country. Entering postseason play, Patch also ranks 20th nationally in points per set (4.05) and 28th in hitting percentage (.299). Patch was a two-time MPSF Conference and AVCA National Player of the Week this year, going back-to-back on February 25 and March 4 for each honor. In a comeback road win at No. 1 UC Irvine on March 1, he slammed a BYU record 35 kills, hitting .375, along with eight digs and five blocks. The 35-kill performance is the most the conference has seen for a single match in nearly three full seasons (Jan. 21, 2011). On January 12, he hit an errorless .800 against Lewis (12-0-15), tied for the third best individual clip in the MPSF this year, and top-five in BYU rally-scoring history. Patch is the fourth MPSF Freshman of the Year from BYU (Taylor Sander, 2011; Yamil Perez, 2007; Ryan Millar, 1996). He is also the fifth freshman in the rally-scoring era to be named first-team all-conference (Taylor Sander-BYU, 2011; Carson Clark-UCI, 2009; Brent Asuka-UCI, 2006; Tony Ker-UCLA, 2005).