** 2002 First-Team All-American**
As a Senior (Fall of 2002): Did not compete for Stanford in the fall ... Spent the summer training with the United States National Team.
As a Junior (2002): Named a First-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association ... Named First-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation ... Ranks on five of Stanford's career top 10 lists --- kills per game (2nd, 6.39), kills (4th, 1,507), service aces per game (5th, 0.292), service aces (8th, 69) and hitting percentage (10th, .353) ... Appeared in 96 games (25 matches), and recorded a team-high 520 kills with a .380 hitting percentage ... Also had 19 assists, 32 service aces, 114 digs and 63 blocks ... Led the team in kills per game (5.42) and service aces per game (0.33) ... Led Stanford in kills in 22 of his 25 matches... Had 18 kills, seven digs and three blocks vs. UCLA on Feb. 16 ... Notched a season-high 34 kills at Long Beach State on March 1 ... Recorded season-high 12 digs at UC San Diego on March 6 ... Notched a season-high five service aces against USC on April 12, which ties for the fifth highest single match total in school history ... Finished the season with 25 kills, seven digs and two blocks on April 20 at BYU in the first round of the MPSF Playoffs ... In the summer of 2001, was a member of the United States World University Games Team that won the gold medal in Beijing, China ... Posted a team-leading 20 kills in the gold medal match against France ... Had a team-high 17 kills in the semifinals vs. Brazil.
As a Sophomore (2001): Named a Second-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association ... Named Second-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation ... Led the team in kills (364), kills per game (5.35) and service aces (22) ... Finished third in the nation in kills per game ... Notched a season-high 30 kills in win over No. 1 Pepperdine on Jan. 21 ... For his efforts against Pepperdine, was named MPSF Player of the Week ... Posted best all-around game on Feb. 20 at UC San Diego with a match-high 29 kills, nine digs and four blocks ... Hit .415 with 26 kills in upset over No. 3 UCLA on March 9 ... Had 18 kills and hit .517 vs. Cal State Northridge on April 7 ... Led the Cardinal to a sweep over No. 3 UCLA on April 13 with a match-high 18 kills ... Had 19 kills, seven digs, four blocks and two service aces on April 21 at UCLA in the first round of the MPSF Playoffs.
As a Freshman (2000): Turned in one of the finest seasons by an outside hitter in the history of Stanford men's volleyball ... Named a Second-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-MPSF ... Led the nation with a Stanford single season record 8.65 kills per game which shattered the old Cardinal mark by over a kill a game ... In just 20 matches, had 623 kills and a .352 hitting percentage ... The 623 kills is tied for the sixth highest single season total in school history ... Had 30 or more kills on 11 occasions ... Recorded 50 kills --- the fourth best single match performance in school history --- in upset over No. 1 Long Beach State on April 1 ... Named AVCA National Player of the Week (April 4) for his efforts against Long Beach State ... Averaged 25.2 kills (8.40 per game) over his first five collegiate matches, highlighted by 29 kills vs. San Diego State on Jan. 16 and 28 kills against eventual national champion UCLA on Jan. 22 ... Posted 30 or more kills in four straight matches from Feb. 4 through Feb. 17, averaging 36.5 per contest and an incredible 9.73 a game ... On Feb. 11, had 48 kills in 76 total attempts (.526 hitting percentage) at San Diego State ... Averaged 38.8 kills per match over the last five matches of the season.
High School: A Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" recruit out of Pacific Palisades, California ... Two-time Mission League Most Valuable Player (1998 & 1999) ... Graduated with honors.
Personal: Human Biology Major ... Son of Kurt and Haldis Toppel.
2002 Season Highs
Kills - 34 at Long Beach State (3/1)
Assists - 2, 3x, last at UCLA (3/9)
Service Aces - 5 at USC (4/12)
Digs - 12 at UC San Diego (3/6)
Blocks - 6, 2x, last at Long Beach State (3/1)
Career Stats - Toppel