2010 AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Teams

4/12/2010

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The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 7th Annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.

UC Santa Cruz leads the way this season, with a total of five athletes honored on the two teams. Placing four athletes on the list was Springfield College, while Baruch College, Juniata College and Rivier College each had two players recognized.

 

Headlining this year's team are juniors Justin Brubaker of Philadelphia Biblical University and Cal Palumbo of Springfield, both of whom are making their third-consecutive appearance on the First-Team. UC Santa Cruz senior Brad Sullivan and Vassar College senior Phil Tully join Brubaker and Palumbo as the only other three-time recipients honored. In all, exactly half (10) of this year's honorees are making their first appearance as an AVCA All-American.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Division III Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College); Tim Byram (Endicott College); Jonah Carson (University of California, Santa Cruz); Patrick Dorywalski (Stevens Institute of Technology); Allison Gunther (Baruch College); Keith Koch (Medaille College); and Craig Kolek (Rivier College).


2010 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

  

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Justin Brubaker *^

Philadelphia Biblical University

OH

Jr.

6'4

Telford, Pennsylvania

Anthony Damiano

Juniata College

DS/Lib.

Sr.

6'0

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Austin Einhorn ^

University of California, Santa Cruz

MB

Jr.

6'5

Encinitas, California

Justin Lam

University of California, Santa Cruz

OH

Sr.

6'0

San Francisco, California

AJ Nally #

Springfield College

OH

Sr.

6'4

Rochester, New York

Pablo Oliveira

Baruch College

OH

Jr.

6'4

Uberlandia, Brazil

Cal Palumbo *^

Springfield College

MB

Jr.

6'4

Rochester, New York

Eric Rowell

University of California, Santa Cruz

S

Sr.

6'2

Los Gatos, California

Eric Shoemaker +

Springfield College

S

Sr.

6'1

Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania

Brad Sullivan +^

University of California, Santa Cruz

RS/Opp.

Sr.

6'5

Saratoga, California

  

2010 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

 

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Jared Andreozzi +

Rivier College

OH

Jr.

6'4

Barrington, Rhode Island

Kurt Backlund

Ramapo College

DS/Lib.

Sr.

6'0

Old Bridge, New Jersey

Greg Falcone

Springfield College

MB

Fr.

6'7

Lindenhurst, New York

Matt Ferreira +

Rivier College

MB

Sr.

6'6

N. Providence, Rhode Island

Eryk Kowalski

Baruch College

MB

Jr.

6'6

Zabno, Poland

Salvatore La Cavera III

University of California, Santa Cruz

OH

Fr.

6'0

Huntington Beach, California

Ryan Murdie

Medaille College

OH

Sr.

6'6

Kenmore, New York

Phil Tully *^

Vassar College

OH

Sr.

6'6

Huntington Station, New York

Zach Wanner

Juniata College

RS/Opp.

Sr.

6'4

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

AJ Witkofsky $

Endicott College

MB

Sr.

6'4

Scotia, New York


 

2010 AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Salvatore La Cavera III, UC Santa Cruz
 

* - 2009 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2009 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 2008 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection

$ - 2008 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

# - 2007 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection


AVCA Division III First Team All-America

 

Justin Brubaker, a 6-4 outside hitter for Philadelphia Biblical University, is a junior from Telford, Pa.  Brubaker, the first player in Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) history to earn divisional player of the year accolades three times, leads all of NCAA Division III in kills per game and also ranks nationally in aces per game and hitting percentage, while leading the NECVA in points per game.  Brubaker is receiving his third AVCA All-America honor, also garnering First-Team recognition in 2008 and 2009.

 

Anthony Damiano, a 6-0 libero for Juniata College, is a senior from Lititz, Pa.  Damiano's defensive prowess has helped the Eagles to a 9-13 record in 2010, while competing in a conference that is dominated by Division I squads. Damiano has amassed 270 digs on the season, which ranks him fifth nationally and second in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). This is his first time being honored as an AVCA All-American.

 

Austin Einhorn, a 6-5 middle blocker for UC Santa Cruz, is a junior from Encinitas, Calif. Einhorn, a wall in the middle for the Banana Slugs, ranks among the top-25 nationally in both hitting percentage and blocks, while helping his squad hold steady in the top-three of the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 15 poll the entire season. This is the first time he's been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Justin Lam, a 6-0 outside hitter for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from San Francisco, Calif. Honored as a Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week recipient in 2010, Lam's all-around play has been a key for the Banana Slugs this season. He ranks in the nation's top-20 in both aces and hitting percentage and is also among the country's elite in kills per game.  Lam earns AVCA All-America honors for the first time.

 

AJ Nally, a 6-4 outside hitter for Springfield College, is a senior from Rochester, N.Y. Competing in the challenging EIVA Tait Division, Nally has found himself ranked in the top-20 nationally in digs and kills, while also being honored as an EIVA Player of the Week in 2010. Nally, who has helped Springfield land a spot in the Molten Division III Men's Volleyball Invitational Championship, earns his second AVCA All-America nod, as he was also a Second-Team choice in 2007.

 

Pablo Oliveira, a 6-4 outside hitter for Baruch College, is a junior from Uberlandia, Brazil.  A 2010 NECVA First-Team All-Conference selection, he ranks in the nation's top-five in aces, while also sitting among the elite in kills per game.  Oliveira, who helped Baruch earn a NECVA Divisional Championship, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Cal Palumbo, a 6-4 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a junior from Rochester, N.Y.  Palumbo sits among the national leaders in hitting percentage and blocks per game, while participating in the Division I-heavy EIVA Tait Division.  Palumbo is now a three-time AVCA All-American, also nabbing First-Team honors in 2008 and 2009.

 

Eric Rowell, a 6-2 setter for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from Los Gatos, Calif. Rowell is ranked in the top-ten in Division III in assists per game, while guiding the Banana Slugs offense to the third-best team hitting percentage in the country. A 2010 Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week, Rowell picks up his first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Eric Shoemaker, a 6-1 setter for Springfield College, is a senior from Mount Wolf, Pa. Shoemaker is among the nation's leaders in assists per game and helped the Pride to one of the country's top team hitting percentages. This marks the second time he's been named an AVCA All-American, also garnering Second-Team plaudits in 2009.

 

Brad Sullivan, a 6-5 right side hitter for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from Saratoga, Calif.  Sullivan, a keg cog for the Banana Slugs' offense, helped the squad to a 6-1 record against nationally-ranked Division III teams this season.  Sullivan is a three-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team honors in 2008 and Second-Team laurels a season ago.

 

 

AVCA Division III Second Team All-America

 

Jared Andreozzi, a 6-4 outside hitter for Rivier College, is a junior from Barrington, R.I.  Andreozzi, who helped the Raiders to a NECVA Divisional Championship and their second-consecutive NECVA Tournament No. 1 seed, ranked second in the nation in kills and also stood among the top-ten nationally in hitting percentage.  Andreozzi is receiving his second-straight AVCA Second-Team All-America plaudit.

 

Kurt Backlund, a 6-0 libero for Ramapo College, is a senior from Old Bridge, N.J.  Backlund was of the Division III's elite defenders, ranking sixth nationally in digs per game. Backlund, who helped the Roadrunners to a 20-win campaign, picks up his first AVCA All-America nod.

 

Greg Falcone, a 6-7 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a freshman from Lindenhurst, N.Y. Falcone made a statement in his rookie go-about, standing atop the charts as the Division III national leader in blocks per game. Falcone, who propelled the Pride to a spot in the Molten Division III Men's Volleyball Invitational Championship, earns his first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Matt Ferreira, a 6-6 middle blocker for Rivier College, is a senior from North Providence, R.I.  Ferreira sat among the Division III leaders in hitting percentage and blocks, while helping the Raiders to 31 victories on the season.  Ferreira, a three-time First-Team All-NECVA honoree, receives his second consecutive AVCA All-America award.

 

Eryk Kowalski, a 6-6 middle blocker for Baruch College, is a junior from Zabno, Poland. Kowalski was a big asset for Baruch in the middle, ranking fifth nationally in blocks and also sitting in the nation's top-15 in hitting percentage. Kowalski, a Second-Team All-NECVA honoree, is honored as an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Salvatore La Cavera III, a 6-0 outside hitter for UC Santa Cruz, is a freshman from Huntington Beach, Calif.  La Cavera made an immediate impact for the Banana Slugs in his rookie outing, ranking among the team leaders in nearly every statistical category.  This marks the first time La Cavera has been lauded as an AVCA All-American.

 

Ryan Murdie, a 6-6 outside hitter from Medaille College, is a senior from Kenmore, N.Y. Murdie, a First-Team All-NECVA recipient, led helped Medaille back into the national spotlight, while ranking in the top-25 nationally in kills and hitting percentage. This is Murdie's first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Phil Tully, a 6-6 outside hitter for Vassar College, is a senior from Huntington Station, N.Y. The NECVA Metro Division Player of the Year and three-time NECVA First-Team All-Conference selection, Tully sits among the nation's leaders in hitting percentage and ranks third nationally in kills per game. This marks Tully's third career AVCA All-America award, as he was a First-Team selection in both 2008 and 2009.

 

Zach Wanner, a 6-4 right side hitter for Juniata College, is a senior from Lancaster, Pa. Wanner helped keep the Eagles in the AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll's top-three all season, all while playing a challenging schedule. Wanner, who ranked among the country's elite in kills per game, is a first-time AVCA All-America recipient.

 

AJ Witkofsky, a 6-4 middle blocker for Endicott College, is a senior from Scotia, N.Y. Named the NECVA New England Division Player of the Year, Witkofsky, also a four-time NECVA All-Division nominee, ranks in the nation's top-five in both blocks and kills, while also ranking nationally in hitting percentage. Twice named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week in 2010, Witkofsky earns his second career AVCA Second-Team All-America nod.

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