UCLA Lands Three Players on 2007 All-MPSF Team

April 20, 2007

Prior to the UCLA-UC Santa Barbara conference quarterfinal playoff match on Sat., Apr. 21 at UCSB's Robertson Gym, the UCLA men's volleyball program landed three players on various 2007 All-MPSF teams.

Tony Ker, Steve Klosterman and Paul George earned first, second and third team all-conference honors.

Ker, a junior, ranked second in the league this season in digs per game (2.43). As a freshman in 2005, he was selected to the first-team; last year he was voted onto the third-team. Ker has earned All-America honors the last two seasons, and last year was voted the national Defensive MVP by Volleyball. Ker also ranks second all-time on the UCLA career digs charts with 843 prior to Saturday's quarterfinal playoff match.

Klosterman, a senior, was an honorable mention selection as a freshman and junior. This season, he leads the Bruins in kills, kills per game and points, and ranks among UCLA's career leaders in all three categories as well as aces. Last year, Klosterman was voted Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament, the 17th UCLA player to earn that honor.

George, the Bruins' senior captain, was an integral player in last year's national championship run. This season, he leads the Bruins in aces and ranks second in kills and points. On defense, he is one of the Bruins' primary passers, and ranks third in digs per game (1.35).

The conference also announced the results of its MPSF Men's Volleyball 15th Anniversary Teams. With nine selections, UCLA led the balloting.

Selected to the first team were UCLA's Jeff Nygaard (1992-95) and Brandon Taliaferro (1997-2000). Setter Stein Metzger 1993-96), opposite Paul Nihipali (1994-97) and middle blocker Adam Naeve (1997-99, 2001) were named to the second team. Outside hitter Erik Sullivan (1992-95) was named to the third team and Tony Ker (2005-present) and Adam Shrader (2001-04) earned honorable mention honors.

Head Coach Al Scates was named one of the league's all-time coaches, along with Pepperdine's Marv Dunphy.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)