He also previously teamed with ex-Trojan Jeff Carlson for a NORCECA silver.
It's the second such honor for USC's sixth-year men's volleyball head coach.
9,612 fans fill Galen Center.
It is seventh time--and second year in a row--that a Trojan has been National Player of the Year.
CAREER: He has a career hitting percentage of .271 with 1,224 kills, 533 digs, 212 blocks and 105 aces ... 2012: Ciarelli, who has a strong volleyball heritage, is one of the nation's premier players ... He is a National Player of the Year and All-American candidate ... He returns for his fourth season as a starting outside hitter as a senior in 2012 ... He is a USC co-captain ...
2011: He started for his third season at outside hitter as a junior in 2011 and proved to be one of the nation's most dangerous players ... Overall in 2011 while appearing in (and starting) 26 matches, he was second on USC in kills (350) and aces (36), tied for third in blocks (64) and was fourth in digs (142) while hitting .317 ... He was in double kill figures 21 times (including 4 times with 20-plus kills), hit .500-plus 4 times, had 5-plus digs 17 times (including 3 times with 10-plus digs) and had 5-plus blocks 4 times ... He was tied for 14th nationally in aces (0.37, sixth in MPSF), was 20th in hitting percentage (.317) and was tied for 24th in kills (3.66), plus he was 10th in the MPSF in points (4.35) ... He made the 2011 AVCA All-American second team, Volleyball Magazine All-American third team and All-MPSF first team ... He also made the 2011 MPSF All-Tournament team ... He twice was the AVCA National Player of the Week and MPSF Player of the Week (Feb. 21 for his performance versus Stanford and Pacific and April 18 for his effort against UCLA and UC Santa Barbara) ...
2010: He started all season at outside hitter as a sophomore in 2010 ... Overall while starting all 26 matches in which he appeared, he led USC in aces (38), was second in kills (406) while hitting .231 and digs (194) and fourth in blocks (73) ... He was in double kill figures 24 times (including 5 times with 20-plus kills), had 5-plus digs 22 times (including 5 times with 10-plus digs) and had 5-plus blocks 4 times ... His 8 aces against Ohio State tied the USC rally scoring era match record ... He was tied for fifth in the MPSF (15th in the NCAA) in ace average (0.37) ... He was 10th in the MPSF in points average (4.66) ... He made 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention ... He was named the AVCA National Player of the Week and MPSF Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 18 for his performance against UCLA and UC Irvine ...
2009: He started all 32 matches at an outside hitter spot as a first-year freshman in 2009 and played like a veteran ... Overall while hitting .277, he was second on the team in kills (468) and aces (31) and third on the team in digs (195) and blocks (75) ... He was in double kill figures 27 times (including 6 times with 20-plus kills), had 5-plus digs 23 times (including twice with 10-plus digs) and had 5-plus blocks 3 times ... His 5 aces versus Ohio State and 5 solo blocks versus Long Beach State were USC season highs ... He was 22nd nationally in kills (3.77) and ninth in the MPSF in points (4.39) ... He made the 2009 AVCA All-American second team and Volleyball Magazine All-American second team (the first Trojan freshman to make the second team since 1986), VBall Magazine National Freshman of the Year (USC's first since 1999), All-MPSF third team, MPSF All-Freshman team (USC's first such frosh honoree since 1999) and MPSF All-Tournament team ...
HIGH SCHOOL: He made the 2008 Volleyball Magazine All-American second team, Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list, All-CIF Division I first team and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team as a senior at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High ... Had 433 kills, 210 digs, 45 aces, 40 blocks and a hitting percentage of .350 in 2008 ... He earned 2007 All-CIF Division I second team, Los Angeles Times All-Star second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County third team and All-Seaview League Co-MVP honors as a junior ...
PERSONAL: He started on the U.S. Men's National Team that placed fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico ... He and current Trojan Jeff Carlson tied for fifth at the 2011 World University Games beach competition in China ... He and Carlson were fifth at the 2011 USA Volleyball international development qualifier beach tourney in Playa Del Rey (Calif.) and then were 13th at the National Volleyball League beach tourney in Malibu ... He won the "Best of the Beach" title at the 2011 CBS Sports Alt Games Collegiate Beach Championships in San Diego...He tied for fifth with partner Evan Barry at the 2010 FIVB Junior World Beach Volleyball Championships ... In the summer of 2010, he and current Trojan Maddison McKibbin tied for 13th at the World University Beach Volleyball Championships, tied for 33rd at the AVP Huntington Beach Open and placed second at the AVP Young Guns tourney in Long Beach (N.Y.) ... He and Carlson participated in the 2010 AVP Hermosa Beach Open ... He was on the 2009 U.S Men's Junior National Team that placed eighth at the FIVB World Championship ... He was on the U.S. training team for the 2009 FIVB Junior (U-21) Beach World Championships ... He was the MVP of the 16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2008 Junior Olympics as his club won the 18s gold medal ... He and Carlson were runners-up at the 2008 FIVB Youth (U-19) Beach World Championships in the Netherlands and he was on the U.S. training team for the 2008 FIVB Junior (U-21) Beach World Championships ... He was the MVP of the 2007 International Youth Boys division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships as his team won a bronze medal ... He made the 16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2006 Junior Olympics as his club won the 16s gold medal ... His parents were standout players and then coached at Tony's high school: father, Rocky, played at Long Beach State (1977-79) before becoming an assistant coach there (he also played some pro beach volleyball in the 1980s and competed in numerous indoor USVBA Opens) and was a volunteer assistant coach at USC (2009-10), while his mother, Cammy (Chalmers), played at UCLA (1979-82) and then won 14 pro beach tournaments in the early 1990s (mainly with Holly McPeak) ... His cousin, Allison Ciarelli, was an All-State volleyball player at Golden West Junior College and then played at San Francisco State, another cousin, Maryn Ciarelli, was a competitive weightlifter who competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, another cousin, Katelyn Ciarelli, was a 2-time (2006-08) Big West discus throw champion at Long Beach State and is now an assistant track coach at UC Irvine, and another cousin, Nick Ziegler, was a defensive end at Colorado (1995-98)... His aunt, Stephanie Ciarelli, coached the U.S. Junior National Weightlifting program, while his uncle, also named Tony Ciarelli, is a long-time high school discus and assistant football coach ... He is a history major at USC with a B average (3.04 GPA) ... He made 2010 and 2011 MPSF All-Academic ... Birthdate is April 13, 1990.
Career single-match highs: 28 kills (UC Irvine, 2010), 14 digs (Stanford, 2010), 9 blocks (Pacific, 2010)