SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– A program record five different Gauchos of No. 3 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball were named to AVCA All-America teams, the organization announced Monday. The same quintet of veterans that were named Big West All-Conference this past week repeated in the postseason honors, but this time at the national level.
UCSB tied Hawai'i for the most players named All-America with four and were one of just four teams to have five different players make the list.
Casey McGarry repeated as a First Team All-American with Randy DeWeese joining him on the list after being named to the second team last season. Keenan Sanders was named Second Team All-America for the second straight year and joining him was Roy McFarland, who was an honorable mention in 2020. McFarland becomes the 17th AVCA All-American in program history. Earning his first nod was Big West Championship MVP Ryan Wilcox who was named to the honorable mention list.
McGarry led the nation with a career-high 11.07 assists per set average posting a personal-best 653 total assists during the regular season for the Gauchos. His season high of 51 came in the season opening win over UC San Diego and was the second-best effort by any Big West player in a four-set match this season. In addition to that feat, he also managed to lead the team and come in fifth in the Big West with a 2.25 digs per set average.
DeWeese was once again the dominant offensive force of the Gauchos this season finishing the regular season ranked second in the Big West in both kills per set (4.07) and points per set (4.76). Those marks were good for ninth and sixth in the country, respectively. DeWeese was also ranked eighth in the conference with 0.31 service aces per set, with a total of 18 on the season. He had three 20+ kill matches notching his season high of 21 on two different occasions.
Sanders was one of the most efficient players in the country this season ranking fourth in the nation and second in the conference with a .478 hitting percentage, which is also the seventh best clip by any Gaucho in program history. He also did his job on the defensive end leading the team with 49 total blocks in the regular season with a 0.83 blocks per set average. His top two offensive performances came at the beginning of the season where on March 3 and March 4, Sanders combined for an errorless 28-0-37 line for a .757 hitting percentage to open up the year.
McFarland, the team captain, has been effective as a leader for the Gauchos both on and off the court. His return to the floor in the Big West Championship gave the Gauchos the lift they needed to get by Long Beach in the semifinals and eventually UCSD in the final. The Gaucho set new career-highs in kills per set (2.81), hitting percentage (.322), and points per set (3.21) with all three marks ranking top-ten in the Big West. His kills average is good for second on the team behind DeWeese, and his 75 total digs rank fourth.
Wilcox is the sole non-senior of the group, but you would never know as he is one the team's top attackers and primary passers. He led the conference with 0.49 aces per set and 29 total aces, nine more than the next Big West athlete. Additionally, he ranked in the top-ten of the conference in kills per set (2.80), digs per set (2.12), and points per set (3.56), all of which were career-high marks for him. His 28 kills and four aces in two matches at the Big West Championship earned him the tournament's MVP award.