Lucas Yoder, Andy Benesh Named Freshmen All-Americans
April 15, 2014
Yoder was the squad's only unanimous choice among the nine freshmen chosen by a 22-member voting committee comprised of men's volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation.
USC and Ohio State were the only Division I-II schools with two freshmen or redshirt freshmen honorees. Yoder and Benesh are both true freshmen who have started all season for the Trojans.
Yoder currently is seventh nationally in kills (4.04, fourth in MPSF) and 12th in points (4.36, fifth in MPSF). He has had double figures in kills 23 times in 2014, including 15 times with at least 15 kills (5 times with 20-plus). He was named the Off The Block National Freshman of the Week a national-best 6 times in 2014
Benesh currently is sixth nationally in hitting percentage (.440, second in MPSF).
Joining Yoder and Benesh as Freshmen All-Americans are setters Nick Bendell of Harvard and Christy Blough of Ohio State, opposite hitter Thomas Hodges of Pacific, outside hitter Roberto Perez Vargas of Erskine, middle blockers Driss Guessous of Ohio State and Owen McAndrews of Loyola and libero Johnny Gomez of Belmont Abbey.