May 23, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior outside hitter Jake Kneller led a contingent of seven Stanford men's volleyball players named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team, giving the Cardinal the most representatives in the conference.
Kneller, a science, technology, and society major, carried a cumulative GPA of 3.68 for the highest of Stanford's All-Academic honorees. It was his third such honor, and the second for junior Steven Irvin.
Stanford's seven selections tied for first in the 13-team MPSF with UC San Diego. No other school had more than four.
Kneller's GPA actually was fourth-best on the team, though the three ahead of him was were not eligible did not meet the selection requirements for playing time or were freshmen. Sophomore Matt Aiello had the team's highest GPA, at 3.79.
Players must be at least a sophomore academically, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and play in at 50 percent of the team's competition to make the All-Academic team.
Of the 18 players on the Stanford roster, 17 had cumulative GPA's of 3.0 or above. The lowest GPA was a strong 2.90.
Stanford finished 15-13 after advancing to the postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The Cardinal finished with a No. 6 AVCA ranking to earn its sixth consecutive Top 10 finish.
Stanford's MPSF All-Academic selections:
|Jake Kneller||Sr.||3.68||Science, technology, and society||OH||Westlake Village, Calif.|
|Scott Sakaida||Jr.||3.58||Management science and engineering||L||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Daniel Tublin||So.||3.45||Public Policy||OH||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Steven Irvin||Jr.||3.32||Science, technology, and society||OH||Pacific Palisades, Calif.|
|Grant Delgado||RS So.||3.29||Management science and engineering||L||Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.|
|Brian Cook||Jr.||3.14||Science, technology, and society||Opp||Santa Cruz, Calif.|
|Denny Falls||Jr.||3.00||Management science and technology||MB||Orland Park, Ill.|