Four Gauchos Land on MPSF All-Academic Men's Volleyball Team
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Four UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball players were selected to the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic Team, it was announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.
To be elgible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes had to have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed at least one year at the institution, and have competed in at least 50% of the team's competitions.
Staahl, a computer science major, earned the team's Golden Eagle Award for top grade point average with a 3.87 GPA. The Studio City, Calif. native was also named a 2014 All-MPSF Honorable Mention after finishing fifth in the league in blocking (1.17 per game) and ninth in hitting percentage (.403).
Seif, a chemistry major, became the first UCSB setter to garner an All-American award since Todd Rogers in 1996 after averaging 10.5 assists and 0.94 blocks per game over the 2014 season.
Nielsen, a history major, improved his level of play over his junior season, becoming a regular by year's end and culminating in a selection as MPSF Player of the Week on Apr. 14 after leading the Gauchos to wins over Cal Baptist and BYU.
Licht, a global studies major and this year's team captain, finished his UCSB career with 91 aces, tied for third most in program history. He was also a 2014 All-MPSF Second Team selection.