2012 Men's DIII All-American Team Announced

4/23/2012

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2012 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its ninth annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.

Carthage College leads the way this season, with a total of five athletes honored on the First and Second Teams. Springfield College, Nazareth College, Juniata College and the University of California, Santa Cruz each have two players recognized.

 

Springfield junior Greg Falcone headlines the year's recipients as the only three-time AVCA All-American after being selected to the Second Team in 2010 and 2011.  Carthage's Randy Hansen and Connor Wexter join Nazareth's Ellis Walsh as the only other First Team repeat recipients.  NYU's Connor Mortland is the lone representative on the Second Team that has earned an All-American distinction for a second time.

The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Division III Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Kevin Moore (Juniata College); Todd Hollenback (University of California, Santa Cruz); L.J. Marx (Carthage); Allison Stack (Baruch College); Cal Wickens (Nazareth College); Paul Dill (M.I.T.); Braden Zamore (Daniel Webster); John Hutton (D'Youville); Craig Martin (Mount Ida); Don Vanderbeck (Ramapo).

 


2012 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

    

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Pat Barry 

Carthage College 

RS/Opp.

So.

6'5

Skokie, Ill. 

Greg Falcone+$ 

Springfield College 

MB 

Jr.

6'8

Lindenhurst, N.Y. 

Randy Hansen+ 

Carthage College 

OH 

Sr.

6'0 

Oak Lawn, Ill. 

Matt Hohenberger 

Massachusetts Inst. of Technology 

OH 

Jr.

6'7

St. Louis, Mo. 

Christopher Newcomb 

Hunter College 

OH 

Sr.

6'0

Waimea, Hawai'i 

Angel Perez 

Springfield College

OH

Fr.

6'1

Naranjito, Puerto Rico

Darren Tsai 

UC Santa Cruz 

Sr.

5'10 

Huntington Beach, Calif. 

Ellis Walsh* 

Nazareth College

MB 

Sr.

6'6

Penfield, N.Y. 

Connor Wexter+ 

Carthage College 

So.

6'1

New Lenox, Ill.

Ben Wolff 

Juniata College

MB

Sr.

6'8

Meadville, Pa. 

  

2012 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

   

Player

Institution

Pos

Yr

Ht

Hometown

Aaron Almario 

Rivier College

MH 

So.

6'7

Alhambra, Calif. 

Joe Bortak 

Juniata College

MB

Fr.

6'7

Jeannette, Pa. 

Mike Bynon

Carthage College

Sr.

6'0

Burnt Hills, N.Y. 

Matthew Elgin 

Vassar College 

MH

Jr.

6'6

Farmington, N.Y. 

David Evans 

Stevens Inst. of Technology 

OH 

So. 

6'0

Penfield, N.Y. 

Rob Kraft

Nazareth College

MB

Jr.

6'7

Waretown, N.J. 

Paul Leon 

UC Santa Cruz 

S

Sr.

6'2

Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Connor Mortland+

New York University

S

So. 

6'4

San Diego, Calif.

Steve Vahalla

Kean University

OH 

Jr.

6'6 

Bloomfield, N.J. 

Matt Yanz 

Carthage College

MB 

Sr.

6'6

Bolingbrook, Ill. 

 

2012 AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year: Announced April 26 at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship banquet in Springfield, Mass.

2012 AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Angel Perez, Springfield College


* - 2011 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2011 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection

^ - 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


 

AVCA Division III First-Team All-America

 

Pat Barry, a 6-5 right side/opposite for Carthage College, is a sophomore from Skokie, Ill.  He ranks nationally with 3.34 kills per set and a .318 hitting percentage to lead the Red Men to a NCAA Tournament berth held at Springfield College.  For his efforts, he was named to the CVC's All-West Division Team.  He was also tabbed the Continental Volleyball Conference's Player of the Week the week of April 5th when he tallied 45 kills and hit .382 in four victories.  This is Barry's first AVCA All-American appearance.

 

Greg Falcone, a 6-8 middle blocker for Springfield College, is a junior from Lindenhurst, N.Y.  Falcone was instrumental in leading the Pride to a program record 30 victories and the top seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament.  Falcone ranks fourth in the country averaging 1.36 blocks per set, but was certainly not to be forgotten on the offensive end.  He held a .514 attack percentage while leading Springfield in service aces with 31.  After being named to the Second Team the previous two years, this is Falcone's first appearance on the AVCA All-America First-Team.

 

Randy Hansen, a 6-0 outside hitter for Carthage College, is a senior from Oak Lawn, Ill.  He ranks second in the nation averaging 4.17 kills per set and is in the top-10 in hitting percentage with .361.  The CVC All-West Division recipient was twice named a Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and CVC Player of the Week.  The Nazareth Invitational Tournament MVP makes the First Team after being named an AVCA All-American a year ago. 

 

Matt Hohenberger, a 6-7 outside hitter for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a junior from St. Louis, Mo.  He broke the program record for service aces in a career with 185, which was formally held by Mike Demyttenaere with 160.  Ranking nationally in aces per set (0.41), hitting percentage (.323) and kills pet set (3.26), the Missouri native  broke MIT's record for kills in a four-set match with 27 vs. Springfield on April 14th .  Earlier this year he became the fifth Engineer to eclipse the 1,000 career kill mark.  This is Hohenberger's first AVCA All-American appearance.  

 

Christopher Newcomb, a 6-0 outside hitter for Hunter College, is a senior from Waimea, Hawai'i.   Newcomb was named CUNYAC Player of the Year in leading the Hawks to the NCAA Championship Tournament.  Nationally he ranks in the top-15 with a .338 hitting percentage and 3.72 kills per set while twice being named CUNYAC Player of the Week.  The Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week recipient for the week of March 6th earns AVCA All-American honors for the first time.

 

Angel Perez, a 6-1 outside hitter for Springfield College, is a freshman from Naranjito, Puerto Rico.  A Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week, Perez was one of the key players in leading Springfield to their first ever 30-win season.  With his nationally ranked hitting percentage of .341, he was named to two different All-Tournament teams including a Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic MVP award.  This is Perez's first AVCA All-American Team appearance in his first year of eligibility.   

 

Darren Tsai, a 5-10 libero for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from Huntington Beach, Calif.   As the top libero in the country, Tsai was named to the first ever CVC West All-Division Team averaging 2.87 digs per set.  This is Tsai's first time being named an AVCA All-American.

 

Ellis Walsh, a 6-6 middle blocker for Nazareth College, is a senior from Penfield, N.Y.  Ranking in the top-10 nationally and in the United Volleyball Conference with a .361 hitting percentage, he also led the Golden Flyers registering 90 blocks.  Nazareth will square off against Carthage in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.  This is Walsh's second consecutive appearance on the First Team after making it a year ago.

 

Connor Wexter, a 6-1 setter for Carthage College, is a sophomore from New Lenox, Ill.  Many of his teammates and fellow All-Americans can thank this man for their outstanding years.  Wexter led the nation in assists averaging 11.13 per set and an appearance on the CVC West Division All-Conference Team.  This marks the Illinois native's second AVCA All-American appearance, but his first on the First Team. 

 

Ben Wolff, a 6-8 middle blocker for Juniata College, is a senior from Meadville, Pa.  Wolff can attribute his AVCA All-American selection to his outstanding numbers.  The conference tournaments ended with Wolff ranking atop the national leader board by attacking at an astounding .511 clip, and finishing in the top-10 in blocks per set with 1.15.  The senior leader becomes an AA for the first time.

 

AVCA Division III Second-Team All-America

 

Aaron Almario, a 6-7 middle hitter for Rivier College, is a sophomore from Alhambra, Calif.  He ranks nationally in blocks per set, hitting percentage and kills per set on his way to being named First-Team All-GNAC.  He is a two- time GNAC Player of the Week and is currently No. 1 in the GNAC for hitting percentage and blocks/set.  Almaro is a first time AVCA All-American. 

 

Joe Bortak, a 6-7 middle blocker for Juniata College, is a freshman from Jeannette, Pa.   Ranked second in the country behind teammate and First-Team All-American Benn Wolff with a .487 hitting percentage, Bortak also ranks nationally in blocks per set.  The CVC East All-Division Team recipient is now a first time AVCA All-American.

 

Mike Bynon, a 6-0 libero for Carthage College, is a senior from Burnt Hills, N.Y. Averaging over two digs per set on the season; Bynon was able to keep balls alive on the defensive end to set up his teammates on offense.  Bynon earns All-American honors for the first time.

 

Matthew Elgin, a 6-6 middle hitter for Vassar College, is a junior from Farmington, N.Y.  Elgin was named to the UVC First-Team after averaging 3.2 kills and 1.2 blocks per set in conference action.  He also led UVC hitters with a .411 hitting percentage.  Elgin garners All-American honors for the first time.

 

David Evans, a 6-0 outside hitter for the Stevens Institute of Technology, is a sophomore from Penfield, N.Y.  Evans was named the United Volleyball Conference Player of the Year after he led the Ducks to a 9-2 record and the second seed in the UVC Championship.   He averaged 3.49 kills per set in regular season conference play, putting him fourth in the UVC.  In addition to earning a UVC First-Team All-Conference spot, Evans becomes a first-time AVCA All-American.

 

Rob Kraft, a 6-7 middle blocker for Nazareth College, is a junior from Waretown, N.J.  He is one of the top hitters in the nation, ranking him sixth in the country with a .418 hitting percentage.  The Second-Team UVC All-Star helped lead the Golden Flyers to a berth in the first ever NCAA Championship Tournament.  Kraft earns AVCA All-American honors for the first time.

 

Paul Leon, a 6-2 setter for UC Santa Cruz, is a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif.  Leon currently ranks tenth in the nation in assists per set with 9.59.  He earned CVC First-Team West Division and CVC All-Tournament Team honors after leading the Slugs to a top-3 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll throughout the season.  Leon earns AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.

 

Connor Mortland, a 6-4 setter for New York University, is a sophomore from San Diego, Calif.  He led the UVC with 10.69 assists per set while giving him a third national rank in that category.  His setting helped the Violets to a .291 team attack percentage and an undefeated conference season.  Mortland earned First-Team All-UVC honors in addition to his second consecutive appearance on the AVCA All-American Second Team.

 

Steve Vahalla, a 6-6 outside hitter for Kean University, is a junior from Bloomfield, N.J.  In just Kean's second season as a varsity sport, Vahalla helped lead the Cougars to the Skyline Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament.  The New Jersey native earned Conference Player of the Year honors after leading the league in attack pct. (.333) and ranking second in kills/set (3.57).  This is the first time Vahalla has been named an AVCA All-American.

 

Matt Yanz, a 6-6 middle blocker for Carthage College, is a senior from Bolingbrook, Ill.  Yanz ranks third in the nation in attack percentage hitting at a .444 clip, which also leads the Red Men.  The Illinois native was also second on the team in blocks to help lead Carthage to a top-3 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll all season.  Yanz garners AVCA All-American accolades for the first time.

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