Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tavana Named All-American

On the morning the volleyball Cougars prepare for the MPSF semifinals, outside hitter Taylor Sander and middle blocker Futi Tavana have been named First-Team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Sander is second nationally with 4.8 kills per set, while Tavana's 1.6 blocks per set also ranks second nationally. Sander, a sophomore, is already a two-time All-American first teamer.

Futi Tavana
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-8
Class: Senior
Roster Years: 2006 | 2009-2012
Hometown: Saipipi, Samoa
Last School: Kauai High School

Son of Gaugau and Palagi Tavana of Saipipi, Savaii Samoa
Born in Auckland, New Zealand
One of seven children
Little brother Devin plays football at SUU
Enjoys playing all sports and hanging out with friends and family
Majoring in business management
Would like to be just like his father who has always been a great example of hard work and dedication
Before BYU
Attended Kauai HS and played under coach Shawn Doo
Second team All-KIF as a sophomore in 2003
First team All-KIF as a junior and member of 17's Club Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team
Named KIF Player of the Year his senior season in 2005, as well as first team all-state and a member of the 18's Club Junior Olympic All-Tournament Team
Also lettered in basketball, where he was named the 2005 Player of the Year as a senior

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