Seven BYU men’s volleyball players receive MPSF all-academic honors

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The BYU men's volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against UCSB. Seven Cougars received All-Academic honors. (Universe Archives)
The BYU men’s volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against UCSB. Seven Cougars received All-Academic honors. (Universe Archives)

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation named seven Cougars to the All-Academic list for the 2016 season.

Leo Durkin, Michael Hatch, Price Jarman, Jake Langlois, Ben Patch, Erik Sikes and Robbie Sutton all received the award for BYU.

To be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be nominated by their institutions based on the following criteria:

1. 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average.

2. Student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically.

3. Student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is received.

4. Student-athlete must have competed in 50 percent or more of the institution’s competition in his or her respective sport.

Sophomore setter Durkin had a 3.49 GPA. Senior middle blocker Hatch  had a 3.69. Sophomore middle blocker Jarman  had a 3.64. Junior outside hitter Langlois  had a 3.27. Sophomore opposite Patch had a 3.13. Sophomore libero Sikes  had a 3.26. And senior setter Sutton from San Diego had a 3.29.

BYU’s seven players tied with UC San Diego for the most in the MPSF to receive All-Academic honors. Stanford was next with six student-athletes, followed by USC and Cal Baptist with five each.

In 2016, the Cougars won the outright regular season and tournament titles, then advanced to the NCAA tournament final and lost to Ohio State.

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