May 30, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Six UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball players, including Bryan Berman, Ben Brockman, David Kennedy, Max Klineman, Tyson Norton, and Aaron Richman were named 2007 Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). The announcement was made Wednesday by MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must hold a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. In addition, they must be at least a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at their institution, and must have competed in 50 percent or more of their school's matches.
Berman, a senior outside hitter from Palmdale, has a 3.04 GPA as a biological sciences major. A junior libero and physics major from San Diego, Brockman has a 3.19 GPA. Kennedy is a senior middle blocker from Palmdale and holds a 3.40 GPA as a Law and Society major. Klineman, a sophomore setter from Manhattan Beach, has yet to declare a major, but owns a 3.12 GPA. A senior libero and communications major from Corona, Norton boasted the highest GPA of any Gaucho at 3.59. Richman is a senior outside hitter majoring in international studies. The Solvang native has a 3.01 GPA.
UCSB tied with Cal State Northridge for the second-most Academic All-MPSF scholar-athletes. Pacific had eight selections to lead the 12 MPSF institutions. Stanford placed five, Pepperdine and UCLA each had three, and BYU, Hawai'i, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego garnered two selections apiece. Long Beach State and USC were not represented.
UCSB finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 20-12 and had a 14-8 mark in the MPSF. The Gauchos qualified for the league tournament and advanced to the semifinals, where they fell against national semifinalist Pepperdine in four games.