May 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pepperdine's Jonathan Winder was named as the 2005 American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA) Division I-II Newcomer of the Year and a second team All-American, while senior Sean Rooney and junior Andy Hein were voted to the first team announced by the AVCA Wednesday.
For Rooney, this year marks the fourth time in his career he has earned All-American honors from the AVCA as he earned first team honors in 2003 and 2004 and second team honors in 2002. During that 2002 season the Wheaton, Ill., native also garnered Newcomer of the Year accolaides. The 6-foot-9 Rooney ranks second nationally in points per game (6.35) while hitting at a .395. He has also recorded double-digit kill totals in each of his last 50 matches. Rooney was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year and first team selection.
Today's announcement marks the first time in Hein's career that he has earned All-American honors. The Carol Stream, Ill., native leads the nation in attack percentage with a .533 mark and ranks second in block average with 1.60 per game. In the MPSF championship match Hein hit at a .909 clip to set the school's all-time single match attack percentage record and is on pace to set the school's single season mark. Hein was named to the All-MPSF second team and was a two-time Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week selection in 2005.
"I was surprised to hear I was selected to the first team," said Hein. "To be listed with some of the best names in the college game is really a great honor. I think it is a testament to all the hard work and dedication that not only myself but the rest of the teammates have put into this season."
Winder was one of just three underclassmen to be honored by the AVCA Wednesday night. The 6-8 setter has quarterbacked the Waves to a .360 attack percentage this season while averaging 13.56 assists, 1.05 blocks and 1.16 digs per game. Earlier this season, Winder became the first true freshman since Rooney in 2002 to earn National Player of the Week honors. Winder was the MPSF Freshman of the Year and a third team all-conference selection.
The NCAA Championships get underway Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. when second-seeded Penn State takes on third-seeded UCLA. Pepperdine and Ohio State are scheduled to follow at 9 p.m. (PDT). For fan who purchased tickets through the Pepperdine ticket office, tickets can be picked up at the Pauley Pavilion Box Office located near gates 2 and 3. Door to the arena will open at 5:30. Peppperdine's semifinal match will be aired Live on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Heather Cox calling the action, Mike Hall will cover the sidelines.