May 3, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine middle blocker Andy Hein and setter Jonathan Winder were named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans Wednesday morning. The awards presentations will occur at the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championships Banquet at the Mt. Nittany Club on the campus of Penn State University in University Park, Pa., later tonight.
Today's announcement marks the second consecutive season the six-foot-ten inch Hein (Carroll Stream, Ill.) has been tabbed a First Team selection by the AVCA. For the second time in as many seasons Hein led the nation in hitting percentage with 252 kills on 411 attempts for a 51.6 percent success rate. He also was a dominate force defensively, posting a team-leading 1.59 blocks per game, while recording 22 service aces to rank second on the team.
Winder (Irvine, Calif.) was voted to the second team for the second time in his career after setting Pepperdine to a .320 hitting percentage and dishing out 13.30 assists per game. The 6-8 Winder averaged 1.14 blocks and 1.64 digs per game during his sophomore campaign and has led the Waves to a 42-10 record as a starter.
Pepperdine recently wrapped up a 17-8 season in 2006. The Waves finished the season third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) standings and advanced to the semifinal round of the league tournament.