Lucas Yoder Named Volleyball Magazine National Freshman Of Year

    Lucas Yoder

    June 3, 2014

    USC outside hitter Lucas Yoder was named the 2014 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year, while junior setter Micah Christenson made the magazine's All-American first team and senior libero Henry Cassiday was an All-American second teamer.

    Yoder previously was named the MPSF Freshman of the Year and made the Off The Block Freshman All-American team, AVCA All-American honorable mention, All-MPSF second team and MPSF All-Freshman team. He was sixth nationally in kills (4.02) and 13th in points (4.33). He led USC in kills (394) in 2014. He had double figures in kills 24 times in 2014, including 15 times with at least 15 kills (5 times with 20-plus). His later father, Dave, was an All-American second teamer at USC in 1987 after making honorable mention in 1986.

    Christenson, who was the starting setter last summer for the U.S. Men's National Team at the NORCECA Continental Championships and FIVB Grand Champions Cup, previously made the 2014 AVCA All-American first team and All-MPSF first team. He won the Off The Block Lloy Ball Award presented to the nation's top collegiate setter. He led the nation in assists (11.62) and was 14th in digs (2.33). He topped USC in assists (1,046) and aces (25) this year.

    Cassiday, who previously made the 2014 AVCA All-American second team and All-MPSF second team, was second nationally in digs (2.97). He had a team-best 297 digs in 2014. His 21 digs against Pepperdine this year set a USC rally scoring era match record. His 297 digs in 2014 were 18 shy of tying the school record. He had double figures in digs a school-record 17 times in 2014, including 7 times with at least 15 digs.