McCauley's MVP leads all-conference honors for Pirates

McCauley's MVP leads all-conference honors for Pirates

The Orange Coast men's volleyball team dominated the regular season, Orange Empire Conference play and the awards handed at the recent coaches meeting to honor the OEC all-conference teams.

Orange Coast went 21-0 during the regular season and ended the won the conference title going away with a record of 8-0.

The Pirates dropped just one set in conference action, finishing with seven sweeps.

Sophomore outside hitter Kyle McCauley was named the conference's most valuable player. He averaged 3.15 kills per set overall and 2.48 in conference action. McCauly hit .370 for the season and also averaged 1.32 digs per set.

In all, five Orange Coast players were named all-conference.

Joining McCauley were sophomore middle blocker Jake Loudenback, freshman middle blocker Aiden Wolf-Nielsen and sophomore outside hitter Jack Flynn to the first team and sophomore libero Braden Neumann to the second team.

Loudenback averaged 1.53 kills and 1.56 blocker per set overall and hit .575, while Wolf-Nielsen was also very efficient, averaging 1.80 kills and 1.20 blocks per set and hitting .533 overall.

Flynn came through with 2.00 kills and 1.21 digs per set overall and Neumann led his team in digs (116 total) at 1.97 per set.

Irvine Valley, which took second in the conference standings, had four players named to all-conference teams with freshman middle blocker Grant Marocchi and sophomore outside hitter Sean Carroll being picked to the first team and freshman opposite Demetre Gossett and freshman middle blocker Tristan Belsby earning second-team recognition.

Marocchi led the Lasers win blocks on the year with 70 (1.09 average) and added 2.11 kills per set, while Carroll paced the team in kills at 2.75 per set.

Santiago Canyon freshman outside hitter Matt Roussin was one of the leaders in kills all season long. His 4.07 kills average per set and 277 total kills helped the Hawks to their first ever playoff appearance.

Santiago Canyon also had sophomore opposite Caleb Twyman and freshman libero/outside hitter Davis Hombrecher make the second team.

Golden West was represented by sophomore outside hitter Matthew Coleman on the first team and sophomore libero Tomas Beralas and freshman opposite Miguel Flores Jr. on the second team.

And rounding out the all-conference teams were sophomore outside hitter Garrett Geiger on the first team and freshman outside hitter Asontae Lewis-Owens on the second team.

Tim Johnson was named coach of the year for the conference for guiding Santiago Canyon to a third-place finish in the conference standings, a 11-9 record overall and a trip to the CCCAA State Playoffs. The Hawks scored wins over ranked teams like Grossmont, Golden West, Fullerton and Irvine Valley this season.

The complete OEC Men's Volleyball Awards list is available HERE.