E.J. Wells-Spicer - Nazareth College
Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week
April 12, 2010
E.J. Wells-Spicer- Nazareth College
Freshman, Setter, 5-11 (Phelps, N.Y. - Midlakes High School)
Photo courtesy Nazareth athletics.
E.J. Wells-Spicer, a 5-11 setter for Nazareth College has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week. He earned the award for his stellar efforts in leading the Golden Flyers to four wins over nationally-ranked foes and a thrilling run through the Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Tournament Championship last weekend as the No. 15 seed. The rookie kicked off action by helping unranked Nazareth slay its first giant of the week, registering 54 assists, seven digs, one kill, one block and one ace in a hard-fought 3-2 victory over then-No. 5 Baruch. In his next match, a 3-1 decision over then-No. 11 Ramapo, Wells-Spicer chipped in 64 assists, five digs, three blocks, two kills and two aces. He followed with a 44-assist, four-dig, two-block, one-ace outing in the Golden Flyers' whitewashing of then-No. 7 MIT. He capped the weekend by dishing out 39 assists, to go along with three digs, one block and one kill in a blanking of then-No. 4 Philadelphia Biblical. The win allowed Nazareth to lay claim to its first-ever NECVA Tournament Championship. For the week, Wells-Spicer averaged 13.40 assists and 1.27 digs per game, while directing the Golden Flyers' attackers to a .277 team hitting percentage. This marks the seventh time a Nazareth player has been awarded Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division III National Player of the Week accolades, with Frank Leahy taking home the school's last honor March 16, 2009. The Golden Flyers are coached by Cal Wickens.