2008 DIII All America Team

4/7/2008

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AVCA Announces 2008 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball All-America Teams

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2008) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 5th Annual AVCA Division III Men's All-America Teams.

The University of California, Santa Cruz leads the way with three student-athletes on the AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America. Vassar College also had three student-athletes honored, placing two players on the First-Team and one on the Second-Team.  This year's First-Team features only two seniors, the fewest in the five years of the program.

 

Matt Werle of Juniata College, the 2007 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year, is making his second consecutive appearance on the AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America, earning his third All-American honor overall.  Andy Sipe of Springfield College is the only other player making at least his third appearance on an AVCA Division III Men's All-America Team, having garnered First-Team honors in 2007 and Second-Team honors in 2006.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division III Men's 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); and Keith Koch (Medaille College).

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2008 AVCA Division III First-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Justin Brubaker Philadelphia Biblical University OH Fr. 6-4 Telford, Pennsylvania
Dan Coleman ^ Endicott College DS/Lib. Jr. 6-0 Millis, Massachusetts
Austin Einhorn University of California, Santa Cruz MB So. 6-5 Encinitas, California
John Kessenich Vassar College S Jr. 6-4 Chicago, Illinois
Cal Palumbo Springfield College MB Fr. 6-5 Hilton, New York
Bryan Shires + University of California, Santa Cruz OH Sr. 6-3 San Diego, California
Brad Sullivan University of California, Santa Cruz OH So. 6-3 Saratoga, California
Phil Tully Vassar College OH So. 6-6 Huntington Station, New York
Matt Werle *! Juniata College S Jr. 6-5 Meadville, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Wintermeyer + New York University MB Sr. 6-6 San Luis Obispo, California

2008 AVCA Division III Second-Team All-America

Player Institution Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Andrew Cranford ^ Stevens Institute of Technology MB Jr. 6-5 Bel Air, Maryland
Kyle Giunta Vassar College DS/Lib. Sr. 5-8 Penfield, New York
Francis Hodgson New York University MB Fr. 6-6 Surf City, New Jersey
Frank Leahy Nazareth College S Jr. 6-0 Smithtown, New York
Tom Maving + Nazareth College OH Sr. 6-1 Tonawanda, New York
Praveen Pamidimukkala ! MIT OH Sr. 6-3 Edison, New Jersey
Dan Powers Juniata College MB Jr. 6-4 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Andy Sipe * ! Springfield College MB Jr. 6-8 New Oxford, Pennsylvania
Tim Walker Carthage College MB Fr. 6-4 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AJ Witkofsky Endicott College MB So. 6-4 Scotia, New York

 

2008 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year: Announced April 10 at the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship banquet in Springfield, Mass.
 

2008 AVCA Division III Newcomer of the Year: Cal Palumbo, Springfield College

* - 2007 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2007 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 2006 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection

! - 2006 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection



AVCA Division III All-America First-Team

Justin Brubaker, a 6-4 outside hitter for Philadelphia Biblical University, is a freshman from Telford, Pa.  Brubaker leads all of NCAA Division III with nearly six kills per game, and is second in the nation with over six points per game.  This is his first AVCA All-America honor.

 

Dan Coleman, a 6-0 libero for Endicott College, is a junior from Millis, Mass.  Coleman ranks third in NCAA Division III with over four digs per game, and he now owns the three best single-season dig performances in school history.  Coleman is a two-time AVCA All-American, having been named to the First-Team in 2006.

 

Austin Einhorn, a 6-5 middle blocker for University of California, Santa Cruz, is a sophomore from Encinitas, Calif.  He is among the leaders in NCAA Division III in both hitting percentage and blocks per game.  Einhorn is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

John Kessenich, a 6-4 setter for Vassar College, is a junior from Chicago, Ill.  Kessenich, among the top five in NCAA Division III in assists per game, has tallied seven matches with 50 or more assists this season, all against nationally ranked opponents.  Kessenich is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Cal Palumbo, a 6-5 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a freshman from Hilton, N.Y.  Palumbo ranks third in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage, while also being among the nation's leaders in blocks per game.  Palumbo is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Bryan Shires, a 6-3 outside hitter for University of California, Santa Cruz, is a senior from San Diego, Calif.  Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in January, Shires averaged nearly four kills per game against NCAA Division III opponents this season.  This is the second AVCA All-American honor for Shires, having garnered Second-Team accolades last season.

 

Brad Sullivan, a 6-3 outside hitter for University of California, Santa Cruz, is a sophomore from Saratoga, Calif.  Sullivan averaged nearly five points per game with a kill percentage over .500 against NCAA Division III teams this season.  Sullivan is a first time AVCA All-American.

 

Phil Tully, a 6-6 outside hitter for Vassar College, is a sophomore from Huntington Station, N.Y. Tully, the 2008 NECVA Conference and NECVA Metro Division Player of the Year, helped lead Vassar to an 18-0 conference record and the 2008 NECVA Tournament title in its first year as a member of the 39-team conference. Tully, who is ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division III in kills and kills per game, is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Matt Werle, a 6-5 setter for Juniata College, is a junior from Meadville, Pa. Werle, the 2007 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year, is ranked among the nation's leaders in NCAA Division III in assists per game.  Werle is a three-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team honors in 2007 and Second-Team honors in 2006.

 

Jonathan Wintermeyer, a 6-6 middle-blocker for New York University, is a senior from San Luis Obispo, Calif. Ranked among the nation's leaders in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage and blocks per game, Wintermeyer leaves NYU as the program's all-time block leader.  Wintermeyer, named Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week on March 17, is now a two-time AVCA All-American, having earned Second-Team honors in 2007.




AVCA Division III All-America Second-Team

Andrew Cranford, a 6-5 middle blocker for Stevens Institute of Technology, is a junior from Bel Air, Md. Cranford, who is a two-time NECVA All-Metro Division First-Team selection, is ranked among the leaders in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage and blocks per game. Cranford is a two-time AVCA All-American, having earned First-Team honors in 2006.

 

Kyle Giunta, a 5-8 libero for Vassar College, is a senior from Penfield, N.Y. The 2008 NECVA All-Metro Division First-Team selection, is ranked in the top ten in NCAA Division III in digs per game, and leaves Vassar as the school's career dig leader.  Giunta, who registered double-figure digs in 19 of the team's 27 matches this season, earns AVCA All-America honors for the first time in his career.

 

Francis Hodgson, a 6-6 middle blocker for New York University, is a freshman from Surf City, N.J. Hodgson, one of four freshman on the 2008 AVCA Division III Men's All-America team, is ranked in the top ten in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage and blocks per game. Named Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week on February 25, Hodgson is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Frank Leahy, a 6-0 setter for Nazareth College, is a junior from Smithtown, N.Y. Leahy, who was a Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week selection on February 11, is ranked in the top ten in NCAA Division III in assists per game, while also guiding his team to a top ten national ranking in team hitting percentage. This is the first time that Leahy has been honored as an AVCA All-American.

 

Tom Maving, a 6-1 outsider hitter for Nazareth College, is a senior from Tonawanda, N.Y. A First-Team NECVA All-Western Division selection, Maving is ranked among the NECVA leaders in hitting percentage (.320) and kills per game (3.35). Maving, who was also a Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week selection, is a two-time AVCA All-American, his last honor coming in 2007.

 

Praveen Pamidimukkala, a 6-3 outside hitter for MIT, is a senior from Edison, N.J.  A 2008 NECVA All-New England Player of the Year and First-Team All-New England honoree, Pamidimukkala finds himself ranked among the best in NCAA Division III in both kills (4.42) and points (5.22) per game, while hitting at a .279 clip with 2.04 digs per game. Pamidimukkala is a two-time AVCA All-American, also earning the award in 2006.

 

Dan Powers, a 6-4 middle blocker for Juniata College, is a junior from Lancaster, Pa. While competing in the challenging EIVA Tait Division, Powers has found himself ranked second in NCAA Division III and third in the EIVA in hitting percentage (.451), while also racking up 2.33 kills and 0.93 blocks per game for the Eagles. Powers is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Andy Sipe, a 6-8 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a junior from New Oxford, Pa. With a hitting percentage of .392 and contributing 1.77 kills per game, Sipe helped the Pride to the 2008 EIVA Hay Conference Championship with an 18-6 record. Sipe, who is ranked in the top five of the EIVA in blocks per game (1.27), is a three-time AVCA All-American, also earning the award in both 2006 and 2007.

 

Tim Walker, a 6-4 middle blocker for Carthage College, is a freshman from Milwaukee, Wis. The big man in the middle for the Redmen, Walker ranks among the leaders in NCAA Division III in hitting percentage (.405), blocks (1.11) and kills (2.58) per game. Walker is a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

AJ Witkofsky, a 6-4 middle blocker for Endicott College, is a sophomore from Scotia, N.Y.  Witkofsky is ranked sixth in both NCAA Division III and in the NECVA with 4.90 kills per game, and is ranked second nationally in blocks (1.41) and fifth in points (5.95) per game. Witkofsky is a first-time AVCA All-American.

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