AVCA Announces 2011 Men's Division III All-America Teams

4/11/2011

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 8th Annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.

Springfield College and Nazareth College lead the way this season, with a total of four athletes, respectively, honored on the First and Second teams. Baruch College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Carthage College and New York University each had two players recognized.

 

Co-headlining this year's team are seniors Justin Brubaker of Philadelphia Biblical University and Cal Palumbo of Springfield, both of whom have achieved First-Team accolades in all four of their collegiate seasons. Baruch's Pablo Oliveira is the only other repeat First-Team selection from a year ago, while Eryk Kowalski of Baruch, Salvatore La Cavera and Austin Einhorn of UC Santa Cruz, Greg Falcone of Springfield, Billy Gimello of Nazareth and Francis Hodgson of NYU each add another award to their previous selections. A total of 11 of this year's athletes earned AVCA All-America recognition for the first time.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Division III Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College); Tim Byram (Endicott College); Todd Hollenback (University of California, Santa Cruz); Craig Kolek (Rivier College); L.J. Marx (Carthage); Kevin Moore (Juniata College); Allison Stack (Baruch College) and Cal Wickens (Nazareth College).

 

AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America

 

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Alberto Bravo

Springfield College

RS/Opp.

Sr.

6'3

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Justin Brubaker*^#

Philadelphia Biblical University

OH

Sr.

6'4

Telford, Pennsylvania

Nick Ferry

Springfield College

DS/Lib.

Fr.

5'10

Valencia, California

Eryk Kowalski+

Baruch College

RH

Sr.

6'6

Zabno, Poland

Salvatore La Cavera+

University of California, Santa Cruz

OH

So.

6'1

Huntington Beach, California

Pablo Oliveira*

Baruch College

OH

Sr.

6'4

Uberlandia, Brazil

Cal Palumbo*^#

Springfield College

MB

Sr.

6'4

Rochester, New York

Hans Schroeder

Nazareth College

RS-OH

Sr.

6'4

Kenmore, New York

Chris Vrooman

Juniata College

OH

Sr.

6'4

Baden, Pennsylvania

Ellis Walsh

Nazareth College

MB

Sr.

6'6

Penfield, New York

 

AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America

 

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Curtis Abram

Emmanuel College

OH

Sr.

6'2

San Luis Obispo, California

Austin Einhorn*#

University of California, Santa Cruz

MB

Sr.

6'5

Encinitas, California

Greg Falcone+

Springfield College

MB

So.

6'8

Lindenhurst, New York

Billy Gimello$

Nazareth College

OH

Jr.

6'4

Hauppauge, New York

Randy Hansen

Carthage College

OH

Jr.

6'0

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Francis Hodgson@

New York University

MB

Sr.

6'6

Surf City, New Jersey

Dan Jackson

Medaille College

DS/Lib.

Sr.

6'1

Hamburg, New York

Connor Mortland

New York University

S

Fr.

6'4

San Diego, California

EJ Wells-Spicer

Nazareth College

S

So.

5'11

Phelps, New York

Connor Wexter

Carthage College

S

Fr.

6'1

New Lenox, Illinois

 

2011 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year: Announced April 14 at the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship banquet in Rochester, N.Y.


2011 AVCA Newcomer of the Year:
Connor Wexter, Carthage College

* - 2010 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2010 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 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

 

 

AVCA Division III First Team All-America

Alberto Bravo, a 6-3 opposite for Springfield College, is a senior from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.  Despite playing a conference dominated by Division I programs, Bravo is ranked in the top-five in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) in kills, averaging just under four per set and is in the top-10 in service aces averaging 0.43/set.  This is the Puerto Rican native's first time being honored as an AVCA All-American.  

 

Justin Brubaker, a 6-4 outside hitter for Philadelphia Biblical, is a senior from Telford, Pa.  After an outstanding four-year career as a Crimson Eagle, Brubaker became the NCAA Division III all-time leader in career kills.  The senior was awarded the NECVA Player of the Year while also being named to the NECVA's All-Conference First Team.  He is also nationally ranked in kills per set, aces per set, blocks per set and hitting percentage.  This marks an unprecedented fourth time Brubaker has been named an AVCA First-Team All-American. 

 

Nick Ferry, a 5-10 libero for Springfield College, is a junior from Valencia, Calif. Ferry led the Pride with 2.26 digs per set as they head to the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship at Nazareth College with a 15-13 overall record.  In his final year playing NCAA volleyball, Ferry has been recognized as an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Eryk Kowalski, a 6-6 right side hitter for Baruch College, is a senior from Zabno, Poland. Kowalski was named a CUNYAC First-Team All-Star after another productive season in the attack for the Bearcats. Kowalski averaged 3.20 kills per set for a total of 275 (.313).  He ranks nationally in kills and hitting percentage leading his team to the Molten Invitational.  After making it a year ago, Kowalski has now earned consecutive appearances on the AVCA All-America First-Team. 

 

Salvatore La Cavera, a 6-1 outside hitter for UC Santa Cruz, is a sophomore from Huntington Beach, Calif. La Cavera leads the Banana Slugs in kills per set with 2.63, and along with fellow AVCA All-American Austin Reinhorn, has been one of the biggest reasons Santa Cruz has remained in the AVCA Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll all season.  La Cavera has now been named an AVCA All-American in both of his years playing collegiate volleyball.

 

Pablo Oliveira, a 6-4 outside hitter for Baruch College, is a senior from Uberlandia, Brazil.  An AVCA Player of the Week in 2011, Oliveira led his team to Baruch's first-ever Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship appearance.  Oliveira ranks among the league leaders in aces per set, kills per set and hitting percentage while leading the Bearcats in kills.  This is Oliveira's second time being named an AVCA All-American.

 

Cal Palumbo, a 6-4 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a senior from Rochester, N.Y.  Participating in the Division I-heavy EIVA Tait division, Palumbo ranks second in the conference hitting at a .487 clip.  With the Pride consistently ranked in the top-five of the AVCA Men's Division III Coaches Top 15 Poll, the New York native sits first on the team in hitting percentage and third in kills as they make yet appearance in the Molten Invitational. This is Palumbo's fourth AVCA All-America honor.

 

Hans Schroeder, a 6-4 right side/outside hitter for Nazareth College, is a senior from Kenmore, N.Y.  Ranking in the top-10 in the United Volleyball Conference in hitting percentage, he helped lead the Golden Flyers to a perfect 8-0 UVC West conference record, a NECVA Tournament championship and a Molten Invitational berth.  This is Schroeder's first time being named an AVCA All-American.

 

Chris Vrooman, a 6-4 outside hitter for Juniata College, is a senior from Baden, Pa. Vrooman. He leads the team in kills with 327 and is tied for second on the team in serving aces with 20.  Vrooman ranks in the top-10 in the EIVA in kills, while garnering AVCA All-American honors for the first time. 

 

Ellis Walsh, a 6-6 middle blocker for Nazareth College, is a senior from Penfield, N.Y.  Walsh ranks near the top in all of Division III volleyball in hitting percentage while leading the United Volleyball Conference and the Golden Flyers in the same category.  This marks the first time Walsh has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

AVCA Division III Second Team All-America

 

Curtis Abram, a 6-2 outside hitter for Emmanuel College, is a senior from San Luis Obispo, Calif.  Abram ranked among the nation's top-10 athletes in aces, hitting percentage and kills per set, while guiding Emmanuel to a 28-9 record in 2011. This marks Abram's first AVCA All-America award.

 

Austin Einhorn, a 6-5 middle blocker for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from Encinitas, Calif.  Einhorn, who was a key cog for the Banana Slugs in 2011, ranked in the top-15 nationally in both blocks and hitting percentage, while keying UCSC to a 7-13 record. Einhorn now earns his third AVCA All-America honor.

 

Greg Falcone, a 6-8 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a sophomore from Lindenhurst, N.Y. Ranking first in the EIVA in hitting percentage and also sitting among the country's best in blocks per set, Falcone led the Pride to a spot in the Molten Division III Men's Volleyball Invitational Championship. He earns his second AVCA All-America honor.

 

Billy Gimello, a 6-4 outside hitter for Nazareth College, is a junior from Hauppauge, N.Y.  Gimello has the Golden Flyers in the midst of another campaign for the record books, guiding the team back to the Molten Invitational for the second-consecutive season. The First-Team All-UVC selection and AVCA Division III National Player of the Week selection picks up his second career AVCA All-America nod.

 

Randy Hansen, a 6-0 outside hitter for Carthage College, is a junior from Oak Lawn, Ill. Hansen keyed the Red Men to a perfect 8-0 mark in Midwest-III action this season and a berth in the Molten Invitational, while ranking in the top-25 nationally in both hitting percentage and kills per set. Hansen earns his first AVCA All-America distinction.

 

Francis Hodgson, a 6-6 middle blocker for New York University, is a senior from Surf City, N.J.  Hodgson had a stellar year for NYU this season, guiding the team to a berth in the EIVA Tournament, while ranking among the tops in the nation in hitting percentage and blocks and kills per set. This is Hodgson's second AVCA All-America selection.

 

Dan Jackson, a 6-1 libero from Medaille College, is a senior from Hamburg, N.Y. Jackson, the UVC Libero of the Year and a Second-Team All-UVC selection spearheaded the Mavericks to a 22-5 record in 2011. Ranked in the top-10 nationally in digs per set, Jackson earns his first AVCA All-America accolade.

 

Connor Mortland, a 6-4 setter for New York University, is a freshman from San Diego, Calif. In his rookie campaign, Mortland made an immediate impact, keying the Violets attack corps to one of the highest team hitting percentages in the nation, while ranking second in the EIVA in assists per set. Mortland takes home his first AVCA All-America honor.

 

EJ Wells-Spicer, a 5-11 setter hitter for Nazareth College, is a sophomore from Phelps, N.Y. Wells-Spicer is a key reason the Golden Flyers turned in a repeat performance as NECVA Tournament champions, leading Nazareth's offense to one of the country's top hitting percentages, while also ranking first in assists per set. The First-Team All-UVC selection is now an AVCA All-American for the first time.

 

Connor Wexter, a 6-1 setter for Carthage College, is a freshman from New Lenox, Ill. Wexter, in his first collegiate season, has guided the Red Men back to the Molten Division III Men's Volleyball Invitational Championship with an 18-8 record. He ranked third nationally in assists per set, while quarterbacking the Carthage attackers to one of the nation's best hitting percentages. This is Wexter's first AVCA All-American honor.

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