5 Warriors named MPSF All-Academic

From UH today:

Five members of the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team were selected to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team announced by the conference office.

Middle blocker Taylor Averill and opposite Johann Timmer each earned their third MPSF all-academic award while outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic, setter Joby Ramos, and libero Kolby Kanetake were first-year recipients.

Averill, a junior from San Jose, Calif., was a first-team AVCA All-American and first-team all-MPSF selection who led the nation in hitting percentage (.477) and ranked eighth in blocking (1.22 per set). Timmer, a senior from Auckland, New Zealand, finished his three-year career by appearing in all 27 matches as a reserve outside hitter and serving specialist in 2014.

Zarkovic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, ranked second on the team in kills (3.00 per set) and third in digs (1.19) and service aces (16). Ramos, a senior from Honolulu, started all 27 matches at setter and averaged 10.39 assists and 1.74 digs per set. Kanetake, a sophomore from Honolulu, led the team with a 2.08 digs per set average which ranked 11th in the MPSF.

Only Stanford (9), UC San Diego (8), and BYU (6) had more all-academic honorees than Hawai‘i.


The criteria included a 3.0 grade point average or better, at least a sophomore standing academically, have completed one full academic year and must have played in 50 percent or more of the team’s matches.



  1. FormerlyWarriorfan May 29, 2014 9:27 pm

    Congrats to Kekoa Pukahi, the only setter on the AVCA HS all american first team. He looks a legit 6′ 6 and very athletic, it will be nice to have two 6’5 + and very athletic setters to compete for the job for once.

  2. WhyWhat May 29, 2014 9:40 pm

    Probably closer to 6’4″.

  3. FormerlyWarriorfan May 29, 2014 9:55 pm

    Nope, he’s grown, and he nearly touches 11 feet, that’s crazy for a setter. Don’t think UH has ever had a setter that athletic before.

  4. formerlywarriorfan May 29, 2014 10:37 pm

    For reference, standing next to 6′ 5 former UCLA all american Garett Muagututia.

    next to 6′ 7 teammate number 6, Brad Gretsch

  5. WhyWhat May 29, 2014 10:38 pm

    His high school and current club (Coast) lists him at 6’4″. I’ll go with that. where u got 6’6″ IDK. I thought Brian Beckwith was pretty athletic. Jennings Franciskovic touches 11’4.

  6. WhyWhat May 29, 2014 10:50 pm

    compromise 6’5″. lol. Doesn’t really matter. Either way, still on the taller side at setter for UH in recent history with 6’0 Ramos, 6’3 Carney, 6’2 Zemljak, 6’0 Morehouse, 6’1 Lile. Biscaro was a decent size but to wasn’t impressive.

  7. WhyWhat May 29, 2014 11:07 pm

    Pictures as a reference is not accurate especially when know one is actually standing up straight with perfect posture when taking a photo.

  8. WhyWhat May 29, 2014 11:20 pm

    Don’t really want to argue about height. I was just going off listings from high school and club and other outlets. 6’4″ maybe 6’5″ but No where does it say he’s 6’6″. Well, besides from you that is.

  9. bows May 29, 2014 11:33 pm

    Mm. Beckwith, he was a good one. I remember him being apart of the national team but that was a while ago. What’s he up to now days?

  10. Cindy Luis May 30, 2014 7:53 am

    Brian coaches boys volleyball at Saint Louis. Married to Juliana Sanders.
    Agree he was a very athletic 6-6.

  11. Cindy Luis May 30, 2014 8:06 am

    1. thanks for the link on Pukahi, UH commit
    However, you kind of have to question the impartiality of the committee when several members (coaches) ended up with multiple players from their own team out of the 20.

  12. Cubicle1126 May 30, 2014 8:28 am

    cindy — also, in order for players to be eligible, their coaches have to be avca members.

    that said, this is still a nice accolade for these players. congrats to them all! regardless of the criteria, they would not be honored in this way if they weren’t a quality recruit.

  13. Cindy Luis May 30, 2014 8:49 am

    I know (about the AVCA membership requirement ). just commenting on the makeup of the committee.
    Agree that all 20 are deserving.
    There are so many deserving Hawaii players. Sad if their coaches don’t belong to the AVCA, meaning their players aren’t considered for the All-America team

  14. Warrior'sMama May 30, 2014 12:21 pm

    Kekoa Pukahi is a true 6’5″, and may still be growing. Very athletic, and all of the players on the AVCA list are deserving! Congrats to them all! And Jennngs was All American for outside hitter, not setter. Excited to see how UH is next season!

  15. rayson May 31, 2014 12:49 am

    Let me be the first to congratulate these scholar athletes. Well done.

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