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USC Men’s Volleyball’s Klein and Paulson Earn AVCA All-America Honorable Mention

USC Men's Volleyball's Klein and Paulson Earn AVCA All-America Honorable Mention


Men’s Volleyball | April 29, 2024

LOS ANGELESย โ€“ USC men’s volleyball sophomore outside hitterย Dillon Kleinย (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Loyola HS) and senior middle blockerย Kyle Paulsonย (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS) were each chosen for AVCA All-America honorable mention on Monday, April 29.
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Klein is now a two-time honorable mention choice for AVCA All-America and earned his second All-MPSF second-team nod. Paulson is a first-time honoree and also earned MPSF honorable mention this season.
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Klein led the team and ranks fifth in the MPSF for kills (3.44 kps) and is fourth for points (3.93 pps) and attacks (7.58 aps). His .303 hitting percentage ranks seventh in the league and he is third on the team in blocks (0.65 bps). He had 21 matches in double-digit kills in 2024 (41 in his career) and produced his first-career double-double this season with 14 kills and 14 digs in a match at UC Irvine (Feb. 7).
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Paulson led USC in blocks (1.06 bps) and ranks third in the MPSF (ninth in the NCAA). He averaged 1.32 kills per set with .438 hitting and led the Trojans in service aces with 31 (0.29 saps), which ranks 10th in the MPSF. Paulson matched his career high of 10 kills in three matches this spring and set a new career mark of 10 blocks in a match against Ohio State (Jan. 20).
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The Trojans were 13-15 in the regular season and finished sixth in the MPSF standings (3-9). In the postseason, USC advanced to the MPSF tournament semifinal where it fell to league runner-up UCLA. The Trojans earned six wins over ranked opponents and ninth-year head coachย Jeff Nygaardย reached 100-career victories.
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For more information on the USC men’s volleyball team, please visit USCTrojans.com/MVB. Fans of the Trojans can follow @USCmensvolley on Instagram, X, and Facebook.
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