Five Warriors Earn All-MPSF Honors: Theocharidis Repats as First-Team Selection LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Five Warrior volleyball players were honored today when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its all-league teams, led by repeat first-teamer Costas Theocharidis and four-time All-MPSF pick Dejan Miladinovic, who earned second-team accolades.
Senior libero Vernon Podlewski earned his second All-MPSF nod in as many seasons, as he was voted to the second-team. Junior outside hitter Eyal Zimet and setter Kimo Tuyay both were selected as honorable mention All-MPSF honorees.
Theocharidis, the 2001 MPSF Player of the Year, led all league attackers in kills per game this season, putting-down 402 kills at a 5.51 kills per game clip in Hawaii's 22 MPSF matches. The native of Orestiada, Greece also finished among MPSF leaders in service aces (30) and aces per game (0.41).
Miladinovic joins former Olympian and Warrior All-American Allen Allen as the only Hawaii player to earn all-conference honors four times. Miladinovic, of Kraljevo, Serbia, repeated on the All-MPSF second team after leading the nation (1.89 bpg) and the MPSF (1.96 bpg) in blocking average this season. Miladinovic also averaged 2.07 kills per game, while finishing among league leaders in hitting percentage (.435).
Podlewski, a transfer from City College of Santa Barbara, averaged 2.07 digs per game to help the Warriors finish the MPSF regular season right behind top-ranked Pepperdine.
Zimet, who hails from Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz, Israel, earned All-MPSF honorable mention honors after averaging 2.62 kills and 1.41 digs per game to help solidiy the Warriors. He earned third-team honors last year.
Tuyay, the MPSF Co-Freshman of the Year last season, earned honorable mention status after quarterbacking the Warriors to a 17-5 league mark, averaging 12.80 assists per game as Hawaii hit .344 as a team in MPSF contests.
The news was received by the Warriors today as they studied video in their hotel in Los Angeles. They are preparing for their MPSF Semifinal tomorrow against No. 7 UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine. That match is set for 7:30 p.m.