Men's Volleyball

Mesa MVB news

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5/14/13 – The Mesa men’s volleyball program is proud to announce the awardees of its 2013 team awards, as announced at the team’s season-ending banquet today:

Most Valuable: OH Cody Reeves and OPP Donavon Harrison

Most Improved: MB Jordan Morgan

Coaches Award: OPP/OH Ryan Henson and OH Morgan Sanford

In addition, Harrison and Reeves received plaques signifying their selections onto the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first and second teams, respectively. The awards cap off Mesa MVB’s finest season since 2006, which saw the team in PCAC playoff contention up to the last week of the season.

4/20/13 – Mesa MVB players Donavon Harrison and Cody Reeves were selected for spots on the 2013 All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s volleyball teams, in a vote of the PCAC’s coaches.

Harrison, a freshman OPP from Kauai HS in Lihue, Kauai, HI, earned first team All-PCAC honors. Reeves, a sophomore OH from Hilltop HS in Chula Vista, CA, was voted onto the All-PCAC second team. Mesa MVB congratulates Harrison & Reeves on their fine 2013 seasons and their All-PCAC honors.

4/5/13 - Mesa MVB's 2013 playoff hopes officially ended Friday night, with a 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 loss to Irvine Valley, at the IVC gym.

A third roster change gave Mesa life in set three, as the Olympians countered IVC's strong play with a 16 kill, .310 offensive effort in the set. The teams stayed close through most of the fourth set, until a 6-2 run by the Lasers provided them with enough of a lead to withstand one last Olympian run.

OPP Donavon Harrison and OPP/OH Adrian Papps led the way for Mesa with 12 kills each. OH Cody Reeves added 10 kills and 8 digs, while passing 2.30 on 30 attempts. MB Ryan Hanson came off the bench to log 4 kills (.500) and a solo block, and fellow MB Jordan Morgan tallied 5 kills. S Steve Harvey tallied 28 assists.

Mesa MVB wraps its most successful campaign in eight years, when it hosts PCAC champion Golden West next Friday, April 12, at 6:00 pm. The team will honor sophomores Reeves, Papps, Hanson, Tom Pacheco, Ryan Henson, and Chris Penney in pre-match ceremonies, before their last match in a Mesa uniform.

3/3/13 - The Mesa MVB team's 2013 playoff hopes took a serious hit, when it was swept by host Grossmont 25-19, 25-21, 26-24.

While it got better as the match progressed, Mesa's play did not match the Griffins until the third set. Down 16-19, the Olympians forged a 20-19 lead on two Grossmont errors and back-to-back kills from OH Cody Reeves. Kills by OPP/S Adrian Papps and OPP Donavon Harrison kept the score tied thru 24, before a Griffin kill and a Mesa error ended the match.

Reeves continued his strong PCAC second-round effort with 11 kills (.390) and a 2.30 passer rating on 23 attempts. Harrison tallied 12 kills and 1.5 blocks, while MB Jordan Morgan was strong offensively with 8 kills on .620 hitting (no errors). Papps finished with 5 kills and 21 assists, while S Steve Harvey contributed 14 assists and 5 digs, L Tom Pacheco also racked up 12 digs in the loss.

3/26/13 - The Mesa men's volleyball team gained its fifth Pacific Coast Athletic Conference win of the season, when SD City was unable to play and forfeited the match. The Knights were only able to suit five players due to disciplinary action, making them ineligible to play. The depleted roster will force SD City to forfeit its remaining five matches of the 2013 season.

Mesa MVB is off for the remainder of the Spring Break week, and looks forward to two important road matches next week, against Grossmont on Wednesday 4/3 and Irvine Valley on Friday 4/5. Match times for both are 6:00 pm.

3/22/13 - In another highlight for the 2013 Mesa MVB team, the Olympians swept host Orange Coast College, 25-23, 27-25, 25-18, in OCC's Peterson Gym. The win is the first victory for a Mesa MVB team in Coach John Landicho's five seasons against one of the traditional powers from Orange County (Golden West, Irvine Valley, and Orange Coast) that are a part of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference for men's volleyball.

The Olympians survived a sloppy first set for both teams, winning despite hitting only .040 in the set. Mesa would lead throughout set two, until a late Pirate surge brought the teams together late. Both teams had set points, before Mesa earned the set two win. The Olympians went out to a big lead in the third set, and sided out efficiently while taking advantage of numerous OCC errors (30 Pirate errors in the match) the the rest of the way to take the win.

OPP Donavon Harrison had a breakout match, leading Mesa with 16 kills. OH Cody Reeves and OPP/S Adrian Papps added 7 and 6 kills respectively, while OH Garrett Ballard and MB Jordan Morgan had 4 kills each. Morgan had 2 1/2 blocks on the evening, Reeves and DS Ryan Henson had 7 digs each, and Papps and L Tom Pacheco added 6 digs apiece. Papps and S Steve Harvey combined for 38 assists.

The win brings Mesa back to the .500 mark (4-4) in PCAC play, 6-8 overall. The six victories further raises the highest win total for a Mesa MVB team in the Landicho era. Mesa MVB returns to the court in a rare Spring Break matinee match, Tuesday 3/26 at 2:00 pm against San Diego City, in the Mesa Gymnasium.

3/13/13 – A strong defensive effort by visiting Irvine Valley College and resulting poor offense by Mesa MVB, resulted in a 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 win for the Lasers in the Mesa Gymnasium.

Mesa managed to hit .090 on the evening with 18 errors, helping IVC to multiple point-scoring runs in all three sets and countering its own spurts of good play, resulting in the Laser sweep.

OPP Donavon Harrison was the only Olympian to reach double digits in kills, with 11 (.380). MB Jordan Morgan tallied 4 kills on .430 hitting, while OPP/S Adrian Papps logged 4 kills and 7 digs. OH Cody Reeves had 5 kills in the losing effort.

3/8/13 – In a spirited match between SD County rivals, visiting Grossmont ground out a 25-16, 25-27, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9 win over Mesa MVB on Friday night, at the Mesa Gymnasium.

After going down two sets to one, a lineup change sparked Mesa and helped counter a strong Griffin effort in set four, helping the Olympians to its second overtime set win in the match, before Grossmont closed out the Olympians with a set five win.

OPP Donavon Harrison led the way for Mesa with 17 kills (.460), while OH’s Cody Reeves and Garrett Ballard chipped in 13 and 9 kills, respectively. MB Jordan Morgan had 7 kills and 2.5 blocks, while OPP/S Adrian Papps had 6 kills, 12 digs, and 37 assists.

3/6/13 – In an historic win for Mesa MVB in head coach John Landicho’s five seasons, the Olympians ground out a 25-14, 26-24, 22-25, 21-25, 15-6 win over host Palomar College, at The Dome.

Sets one and two were opposites of each other, as Mesa’s easy set one win was countered by a stout Palomar effort in set two, which the Olympians grabbed in overtime. Palomar raised its game again in sets three and four to grab set wins, before a return to the 6-2 offense Mesa has used most of the year produced a strong set five effort for the win.

OPP Donavon Harrison and OPP/S Adrian Papps led the way for Mesa with 13 kills apiece. OH Garrett Ballard had 8 kills and 8 digs, while MB’s Jordan Morgan and Chris Penney added 7 kills each. OH Cody Reeves. held out of action until late in set four due to injury, tallied 5 kills. Steve Harvey had 43 assists and 8 digs on the night.

The win marks the first time in Coach Landicho’s five seasons, that the team has been at the .500 mark in March (5-5). It is also the first time a Mesa team has earned a season sweep of local rival Palomar. The five wins this season are already a high for the program under Landicho, who inherited the program in 2008 after 1-17 and 0-18 seasons.

3/1/13 – The Mesa MVB team got back to playing winning volleyball, with a 25-16, 25-23, 25-14 win over host San Diego City.

Mesa hit .600 with only one error in 20 swings in the set one win. After a sluggish set two fighting off a strong SDCC effort, Mesa used aggressive serving (4 aces in the set) and multiple Knight errors to take a 23-9 lead, before closing out the match.

In the absence of OH Cody Reeves, who was nursing a foot injury, MB Chris Penney and OPP Donavon Harrison led the way for Mesa with 8 kills each, while OH Adrian Papps added 7 kills. OH Garrett Ballard tallied 5 kills and 2 aces. S Steve Harvey had 30 assists while Papps and L Ryan Hanson had 5 digs each.

2/27/13 – In a back & forth match, visiting Orange Coast came out with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23 win over Mesa MVB on Wednesday night.

Mesa countered a strong OCC effort in set one with its own strong play in a set two win, despite losing leading hitter Cody Reeves to an ankle injury early in the set. After taking set three, the Pirates went toe-to-toe with Mesa in the fourth. With both teams tied at 23, a Mesa serving error and one final kill in transition earned OCC the set and match.

OPP/S Adrian Papps led Mesa with 12 kills, while adding 5 digs. OPP Donavon Harrison tallied 9 kills, while MB Jordan Morgan added 9 kills. Papps and Steve Harvey combined for 37 assists, and OH Garrett Ballard added 6 digs while passing 2.8 on 21 attempts.

2/26/13 – Mesa MVB outside hitter Cody Reeves was honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as its male Athlete of the Week, for the week of February 18th.

Reeves was selected on the strength of his play in Mesa’s lone match of the week. In the 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-9 win over local rival Palomar, Reeves tallied 16 kills, 3 aces, 11 digs, and passed 2.00 in 17 attempts. Reeves is the current state leader in kills with 88, and among the state leaders in kills per set and aces per set.

Mesa MVB congratulates Cody on this great honor!

2/20/13 - Overcoming a sluggish start, the Mesa MVB team came from behind to post a 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-9 win over local rival Palomar, in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Palomar took advantage of Mesa's slow start in set one to get the first set win. After a lineup change to open set two, the Olympians steadied their play, eventually establishing and then extending leads in the remaining three sets for the match win.

OH Cody Reeves tallied 16 kills on .300 hitting to lead Mesa. OPP Donavon Harrison and OPP/S Adrian Papps added 10 kills each, while MB's Chris Penney and Jordan Morgan put down 6 kills each. OH Garrett Ballard came off the bench to add 5 kills and 2 aces to the winning Olympian effort. Papps and Steve Harvey combined for 47 assists, while Reeves and Harvey had 11 and 8 digs, respectively.

With the win, Mesa moves to 3-4 on the season.

2/13/13 – The Mesa MVB team took advantage of sloppy play by host Santa Barbara City and earned a hard-fought 30-28, 25-23, 25-18 win.

The match saw Mesa take early leads in all three sets, and then withstood strong efforts by SBCC in sets one & two to earn the set wins. A 7-1 run to start set three set the tone for the deciding set, as the Olympians captured its first road win against a Western States Conference team in coach John Landicho’s five seasons at Mesa.

MB Jordan Morgan led the way with 10 kills (.530), 4 digs, and an ace for Mesa. OH Cody Reeves added 9 kills and 7 digs, while OPP Donavon Harrison logged 7 kills. Adrian Papps and Steve Harvey combined for 30 assists, while Harvey had 13 digs in the winning effort.

2/9/13 – The Mesa MVB team earned a split of its two matches on Saturday, sweeping Santa Monica City before losing a tight four-set match to Pierce.

Mesa used strong play at the beginning of each set to earn a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 win over SaMo. After splitting the first two sets with Mesa, Pierce played strongly to capture the third set and then withstood a furious Olympian rally in the fourth to win 25-18, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23.

Against SMC, OH Cody Reeves led the way with 10 kills, 2 aces, and 7 digs. OPP Donavon Harrison added 8 kills and 2 blocks, MB Jordan Morgan added 6 kills, and OPP/S Adrian Papps had 5 kills. Papps and Steve Harvey combined for 31 assists, while Harvey and Ryan Hanson had 6 digs each. Against Pierce, Reeves tallied 15 kills and Papps & Harrison added 8 kills each. Harvey and Hanson combined for 22 digs, and Papps & Harvey combined for 44 assists.

Mesa MVB goes on the road this coming week, with matches at Santa Barbara and Moorpark.

12/11/12 - Mesa MVB head coach John Landicho’s high school team, Francis Parker HS of San Diego, captured the school’s seventh state championship on December 1st. Parker GVB won the CIF Division-IV state championship by defeating Sacred Heart Prep out of Atherton, 25-22, 28-26, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13. The Lady Lancers overcame deficits of 5-8 and 8-11 in the final set, closing the match on a 7-2 scoring run to capture the state title.

The state title is Landicho’s fourth overall, but first as head coach of the Lady Lancers; he was an assistant coach on the ’98, ’04 and ’05 state championship squads. The Lady Lancers finished the 2012 campaign on a 25-match winning streak, while not losing a single best-of-five match all season (overall record of 37-2). Along the way to a state championship, Landicho’s squad won Coastal League, CIF-San Diego Section, and CIF SoCal Regional championships. Mesa MVB asst. coach Sarah Munoz also serves as an asst. coach for Parker GVB, and was an integral part of the team's success.

Landicho was subsequently named the CIF-San Diego Section Coach of the Year, on December 11th. He opens his fifth season as head coach of the Mesa MVB team, on January 2nd.

7/27/12 - Mesa MVB coach John Landicho is featured in a USA Volleyball story, about his participation in the USAV High Performance Championships with some of his JC coaching colleagues. Read the story here:

7/12/12 - Mesa MVB player Tyler Owen has been offered and accepted athletic and academic scholarships to join the men’s volleyball program at Park University, the 2012 NAIA MVB national champion. Owen will enroll at the Parkville, MO university this Fall, and begin training for the Pirates' 2013 MVB team.

Owen, a 6’4” MB from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego, CA, has been Mesa’s MB1 for the past two seasons. He was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team selection in 2012, earned PCAC Athlete of the Week honors during the season, and was one of the team's two Most Valuable Players this year. Owen will join the Biology program at Park.

Owen is the third of Mesa MVB's class of 2012 to sign with four-year universities. Mesa MVB proudly congratulates Tyler on accomplishing his goal of continuing his academic and volleyball career at the next level.

5/10/12 – Mesa MVB players Matt Hanson and David Ertley have both been offered and accepted athletic scholarships to join the men’s volleyball program at Hope International University. Both players will begin their time at the Fullerton, CA university this Fall, and begin training for the Royals' 2013 MVB team.

Hanson, a 6’4” opposite from Pacifica HS in Riverside, CA, has been Mesa’s primary OPP for the past two seasons. He was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference second team selection in 2012, and one of the team's two Most Valuable Players this year. Hanson will study Kinesiology with an emphasis on Teacher Education, at HIU. Ertley, a 6’3” outside hitter from Mt. Carmel HS in San Diego, CA, has filled starting and reserve assignments as an OH for Mesa over the last two seasons. He is a former Mesa MVB Coaches' Award winner, in 2011. Ertley will join the Physical Therapy program at HIU.

Hanson and Ertley are the first of Mesa MVB's class of 2012 to sign with four-year universities. Mesa MVB proudly congratulates Matt & David on accomplishing their goal of continuing their academic and volleyball careers at the next level.

5/5/12 - Mesa MVB head coach John Landicho will continue and expand his relationship with USA Volleyball's High Performance (HP) program this summer. Landicho has accepted invitations to be part of the coaching staff for the Boys Select A1 team at the 2012 USAV HP Championships, and to return to coach in one of the HP program’s national Boys Youth A3 camps.

Landicho will first go to Long Beach State University in early July, where he will serve as Associate Head Coach of the annual A3 camp at "The Beach". This will be the third consecutive summer he will assist 49er asst. coach John Crutchfield with the LBSU A3 camp. Landicho will travel in late July to Des Moines, IA, where the Boys Select A1 team will train before competing in the HP Championships, which annually features youth-age teams from across the US as well as foreign teams. The BSA1 team features the top thirty 13 & 14 year old boys volleyball players in the U.S., as selected through USA Volleyball's annual tryouts nationwide. Landicho was invited for the same position with the BSA2 team in 2011, but had to decline the invitation due to conflicts with the completion of his Master’s degree.

“Especially in an Olympic year, it is always an honor to work with and represent USA Volleyball,” notes Landicho. “It also helps me to continue to learn as a coach, to take the training methods of our Men’s National Team and to work side by side with some of the best coaches in the nation. I can then transfer that knowledge into our gym at Mesa, where our players utilize it in their efforts to prepare themselves to play at the four-year university level and to win matches while wearing a Mesa uniform.”

Landicho has been a part of the USAV HP program since 2001, and also assists with HP tryouts in California and Arizona. He began his involvement with USA Volleyball as a volunteer technical advisor to the 1996 USA Men’s Olympic Team.

5/5/12 - Mesa MVB would like to congratulate UC Irvine on winning the 2012 NCAA men's volleyball championship! UCI head coach John Speraw has been a great friend to Mesa MVB since Mesa head coach John Landicho took over in 2008, allowing access to the Anteaters' practice gym and providing important counsel and feedback over the past four years. We purposefully pattern many elements of the Mesa MVB program after UCI’s, because we think it’s the best in the business right now at developing outstanding young men and outstanding volleyball players. And with three NCAA men’s volleyball championships in the last six years for UCI, the results speak for themselves. Props too, to UCI starting S Chris Austin (Long Beach City) and reserve OH Alex Reis (Irvine Valley), veterans of California JC men's volleyball. Congrats to UCI on another MVB championship – Zot Zot Zot!

5/3/12 – The Mesa men’s volleyball team announced its 2012 team award winners, at its season-ending banquet today:

Most Valuable: Matt Hanson & Tyler Owen

Most Improved: Joshua Honore

Coaches’ Award: Joshua Honore

Owen and Hanson were also awarded plaques for their selections onto the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first and second teams, respectively.

The Mesa MVB program would like to thank the Barona Valley Ranch Hotel & Casino, for their annual graciousness in hosting its award banquet. Mesa MVB has enjoyed the award-winning food of Barona’s Seasons Fresh buffet for four consecutive years. The Olympians now look forward to 2013, when 11 returnees and the strongest recruiting class in Coach Landicho’s tenure, hit the Mesa gym in August for pre-season workouts.

5/1/12 – Two members of the Mesa MVB team were honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference for their play in the 2012 season, it was announced today.

Sophomore MB Tyler Owen was selected to the All-PCAC first team. Owen, from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego, CA, was a two-year starter at middle blocker for the Olympians, and led the team in hitting efficiency, total blocks, and total points scored in 2012, despite missing a full match due to illness. Owen is considering multiple offers to continue his playing and academic career at the four-year university level.

Sophomore OPP Matt Hanson was selected to the All-PCAC second team. Hanson, from Pacifica HS in Riverside, CA, was Mesa’s team leader in kills & attack attempts, and 2nd in hitting efficiency and total points scored, in 2012. He played in every set of the Olympians 2012 season, his second season as a starting OPP. Hanson is also weighing multiple offers to continue his academic and volleyball career at a four-year university.

4/9/12 – Mesa MVB player Tyler Owen was honored as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s Athlete of the Week, for the week ending April 7th. Owen shares the honor with Mesa track & field athlete Carlos Bojorquez.

Owen was honored on the strength of his performance in Mesa’s 27-25, 25-14, 25-17 win against San Diego City on April 4th, its only match of the week. Owen logged 14 kills on .824 hitting efficiency (14k-0e-17att). He also added 6 blocks (two solo, four assists), for a match total of 20 points in leading Mesa to its second win of the season.

Owen, from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego, is Mesa’s current leader in kills, blocks, and hitting efficiency. He is carrying a 3.5 GPA and is readying himself to play for a four-year university in 2013.

8/20/11 - Mesa men's volleyball S Corey Ferback will join the men's volleyball program at NCAA D-III Fontbonne University, this Fall.

Ferback, from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego, came to Mesa in 2010 as a transfer from Grossmont College and assumed the starting setter's position for the Olympians for the 2011 season. Mesa MVB congratulates Corey on his acceptance to Fontbonne, and looks forward to following his playing career with the Griffins.

7/21/11 - Mesa men's volleyball OH/L/DS Brian Annen will attend the University of North Carolina, this Fall. Annen will go to Chapel Hill with a partial academic scholarship, and will join the highly regarded Entrepreneurial program in the University's Department of Economics. He will also join North Carolina's men's club volleyball program (UNC does not field an NCAA men's volleyball team).

Annen, a sophomore by class standing from Pt. Loma HS in San Diego, came to Mesa in 2010 as a transfer from Penn State University. He filled outside hitter, libero, and defensive specialist roles as a part-time starter for the Olympians. Mesa MVB congratulates Brian on his acceptance to UNC, and looks forward to hearing of his future success as a student and businessman.

3/31/11 - Sophomore OH Stuart Corbett has earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, CO. Corbett was nominated for the spot by Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, and was informed of his appointment earlier this week. The honor is rare; very few community college students earn an appointment to a U.S. service academy, in part because they are still required to spend a full four years at a service academy, essentially rendering their community college academic work moot. The full four-year scholarship is valued at $414,000.

A graduate of Ramona HS and hailing from Ramona, CA, Corbett is in his second season with the Olympians. After seeing reserve time as an OPP in 2010, Corbett moved to OH and has seen playing time in both starting and reserve roles ths season. He will report to the USAFA on June 26th, and will also join the Academy's men's club volleyball team (USAFA does not field an NCAA men's volleyball team). The Mesa MVB program proudly congratulates Stuart on this prestigious honor!