Tuaniga Selected AVCA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year
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Long Beach State setter Josh Tuaniga was named the 2018 TeamSnap/AVCA Division I-II Player of the Year at the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The junior became the fifth Long Beach State men’s volleyball player bestowed with the prestigious honor, joining Brent Hilliard (1992), Paul Lotman (2008), Taylor Crabb (2013) and TJ DeFalco (2017).
DeFalco and Tuaniga give Long Beach State back-to-back Player of the Year honors – the first school to accomplish that feat since USC in 2011 and 2012, and the fourth overall.
Tuaniga, a Long Beach native, directed the nation’s most potent offense which leads the NCAA with a .379 attack percentage. The Beach hit .300 or better 25 times in 27 matches, and exceeded the .400 mark 12 times.
Tuaniga’s 10.50 assists per set average ranks third in the Big West and sixth nationally. He had a season-high 57 assists and a career-high 13 digs in a four-set victory at No. 2 UCLA on Feb. 21. That was one of four assist-dig double-doubles on the year for Tuaniga, who also ranks eighth in the Big West in digs per set (1.78).
He also averages 0.57 kills, 0.29 aces and 0.44 blocks per set while hitting .482 (51-10-85).
Named the Lloy Ball Award winner by Off The Block for the second straight year, Tuaniga is 55 set assists away from accumulating 1,000 for the third consecutive season. Earlier this season, he became the seventh player in Beach history to surpass 3,000 career assists.