Four Gauchos Land on MPSF All-Academic Men's Volleyball Team

Photo by Tony Mastres
Photo by Tony Mastres

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.

UCSB's four honorees included junior middle blocker Jake Staahl, sophomore setter Jonah Seif, junior outside hitter Weston Nielsen, and redshirt senior opposite Evan Licht.

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.