A total of 45 student-athletes were honored, with 15 individuals being named to each of the three teams.
“I am very proud of both Matt and Hunter,” said Lee coach John Maupin. “They have had excellent seasons and are very deserving of this honor. They have worked very hard and were our most consistent players this season. They backed up this award with some outstanding play at the national tournament. Matt marks only the third first team All-American in program history. Additionally, this is the first time we have had two players in the same season named to the second team or higher.”
Said Emery, “Being chosen as an All-American for the second straight year is such an honor. Each year I set individual goals and being an All-American at the end of the year is always one of them. This honor shows that practice and dedication can be individually rewarded.”
Vest said, “To be on an All-American team was one of my goals when the year started. Being selected on the second team means a lot to me and is proof that hard work pays off. I’m looking forward to building off this and having an even better year next year.”
Oklahoma City, which claimed its second-straight national crown after a dominant performance at this year’s national championships, landed three individuals — Michael Palmer, James Marchesani and Sondre Ronold — on the first team, while Anthony Marchesani received second team recognition. The Stars’ four All-Americans is tied for the most with Johnson & Wales (Fla.), who landed two on the second team (Damon Salo and Colin Brennan) and two on the third team (Brandon Meltzer and Jordan Meltzer).
Repeat All-Americans include: Emery of Lee, Palmer and James Marchesani of Oklahoma City, Aaron Flores of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Nathan Anderson of Texas Wesleyan, Niel DuPreez of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Billy Nisbet of SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales, and Brandon Thompson of Morningside (Iowa).
Eighteen of the 45 award winners are seniors, while 13 are sophomores, 12 are juniors and two are freshman.