FAIRFAX, Va. – Taking home Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Co-Player of the Year honors, senior Mark Jones highlighted a strong representation of Mason men's volleyball on the 2013 All-EIVA First and Second teams, as announced by the conference on Friday afternoon.
In addition to being named the co-player of the year Jones was named to the All-EIVA First Team, where he was joined by senior outside hitter Michael Kvidahl, senior setter Javier Perez, junior middle blocker Pat Sibley and senior libero Max McFarland. Additionally senior outside hitter Andrew Dentler was tabbed to the all-conference second team.
Jones shared Co-Player of the Year honors with Penn State's Aaron Russell, while the Nittany Lions Taylor Hammond was tabbed the EIVA Newcomer of the Year and head coach Mark Pavlik collected Bob Sweeney EIVA Coach of the Year accolades.
Jones had an outstanding senior campaign, appearing in 81 sets and totaling 275 kills, 17 service aces, 127 digs and 39 blocks. Against conference opponents, he played in 48 sets and recorded 187 kills, 15 service aces, 73 digs and 26 blocks and was a two-time EIVA Offensive Player of the Week. His EIVA only total of 187 kills was tops in the conference, while his digs total stood ninth. A native of Glendale Heights, Ill., it is Jones' third All-EIVA honor, and second first team nod.
Kvidahl also shone in his final season with the Patriots, posting 246 kills, 31 service aces, 113 digs and 42 blocks during the season. The East Brunswick, N.J. native tallied 125 kills, 12 service aces and 18 blocks against EIVA opponents, and took home EIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors on March 4. It is the second-consecutive first team honor for Kvidal after taking home honors a season ago.
Setting the tone for the Mason offense, Perez collected All-EIVA honors for the first time in his career. Appearing in all but two sets for the Patriots in 2013 (94), he recorded 966 assists, 152 digs and 54 blocks. The EIVA Offensive Player of the Week on April 8 totaled 487 assists, 63 digs and 20 blocks against conference opponents, ranking second in the EIVA in both assists and assists/set (10.59).
In his first season at Mason, Pat Sibley tallied 131 kills, 15 service aces and 73 blocks in 68 sets this season. Against EIVA opposition, he totaled 101 kills, 13 services aces and 46 blocks in addition to being named the conference defensive player of the week on March 11. It is the Natick, Mass. native's first all-conference honor.
The final first team honoree for the Patriots, McFarland has played in 91 sets this season, registering 244 digs, seven blocks, 35 assists and 42 kills this season. The EIVA Defensive Player of the Week on April 8 posted 148 digs and 22 assists in conference action, leading the conference in both digs and digs/set (3.31). It is the first all-conference accolade for the native of Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Named to the second team, Dentler took home All-EIVA honors for the first time in his career. Appearing in 60 sets this season, he totaled 172 kills, 93 digs and 31 blocks this season. Versus conference foes, Denentler tallied 72 kills, 48 digs and 15 blocks.
The Patriots wrap up regular season action tomorrow at Princeton at 4:00 p.m. Mason has already secured a spot in the EIVA Tournament at Penn State, and will learn its final seeding after play concludes on Saturday evening.