RIVERSIDE --- After a season filled with accolades Levi Cabral added yet another as the California Baptist University standout was named The Press-Enterprise OnCampus men’s player of the year this week.
The award goes to the top collegiate athlete in the PE’s readership area, which includes UC Riverside, Cal State San Bernardino, Redlands, La Sierra, Riverside Community College, San Bernardino Valley College and Mt. San Jacinto College.
It was the second such honor for Cabral, who took the local award in 2011 as well, adding to the now graduated senior’s impressive résumé that includes 2013 All-American and All-MPSF honors. Cabral was named to the first team both nationally and in the conference awards and also garnered MPSF All-Academic recognition this season.
It is the third straight men's player of the year honor for CBU. Matt Marnati (baseball) won it last year.
Cabral helped lead CBU in its transition into the MPSF this season, putting up one of the best season’s in program history.
CBU’s senior outside hitter led the Lancers with 520 kills this year, becoming the program’s career leader in both kills and aces over the course of the 2013 campaign. Leading the Lancers to a 16-12 record and a No. 8 overall final ranking, Cabral averaged 4.19 kills per set, 0.43 aces per set, 1.45 digs per set and 0.51 blocks per set. He was second in the conference in kills per game and total points per game (4.90) and his aces average was good for third best in the MPSF.
With Cabral leading the attack, the Lancers climbed as high as No. 5 in the national polls over the course of the season, knocking off the likes of No. 1 (and eventual back-to-back national champs) UC Irvine, No. 4 UCLA (twice), No. 5 Pepperdine and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara along the way. In all, 13 of the Lancers’ 16 wins came against teams that were ranked at the time as CBU played its toughest schedule to date this year.
One of the all-time greats in Lancer history, Cabral finished his career with 1,999 kills, 189 service aces, 574 digs and 266 blocks. Along with the aforementioned career kills and aces records, Cabral also owns the top three single-match kill performances and is the only player in program history to go over 500 kills in a season twice.