Matt Gade, Deseret News
BYU's Taylor Sander (15) goes for a kill during a match against the Stanford Cardinals Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Smith Fieldhouse South Field in Provo.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association named BYU outside hitter Taylor Sander to the All-America First Team on Thursday, the senior’s third career first-team honor and fourth All-America honor.

Sander, who was also named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year for the second time, led the No. 4 Cougars to their second-straight league title. BYU shared the honor with Pepperdine, finishing 18-6 in conference play.

The 6-foot-4 product of Huntington Beach, Calif., is No. 2 in the nation for kills per set with 4.53, hitting .331. This season he broke the BYU rally-scoring era record for career kills (1,685) and the BYU record for service aces in a match (nine). He is second in the rally-scoring era for career attempts (3,343), and season service aces (48). He needs only four more aces this season to break the season service aces record.

Thursday night, Sander and the Cougars take on UC Santa Barbara in the MPSF tournament semifinals, looking to defend their 2013 league tournament title. The match will be broadcast live from the Smith Fieldhouse on BYUtv at 8 p.m. MDT.

The MPSF had 14 All-America citations this season, with seven first-teamers and seven second-teamers. BYU’s semifinal opponent UC Santa Barbara had one second-team All-American in sophomore setter Jonah Seif.

Rachel Hawks is the men's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.