2005 All America Team Division III
2005 AVCA Division III Men's Volleyball All-America Teams
COLORARO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 11, 2005) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 2nd Annual AVCA Division III Men's All-America Teams.
Juniata College placed four members on the AVCA Division III Men's All-America First Team and a fifth player on the second team. New York University and Springfield College each landed two members on the first team and a third player on the second team. Carthage College placed one student-athlete on both the first- and second-team; while Newbury College earned two second-team selections. Springfield's Brandon Mueller (Sr., OH), NYU's Christopher Schimdt (Jr., MB), Springfield's Eduardo Stawinski (Sr., Lib) and Juniata's Ricky Ziegler (Sr., S) all earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division III Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Charlie Sullivan (Springfield); Tim Byram (Endicott); Keith Koch (Medaille); LJ Marx (Carthage); and Jonathan Penn (Vassar).
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AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America
|Jeremy Barndt||Juniata College||MB||So.||6-5||Souderton, Pa.|
|Andrew Chace +||Rivier College||MB||Jr.||6-6||East Providence, R.I.|
|Brandon Mueller *||Springfield College||OH||Sr.||6-2||Bartlett, Ill.|
|Nate Ocasio||Juniata College||RS/Opp||So.||6-5||Manchester, Pa.|
|Shane Olson||Carthage College||OH||Fr.||6-3||West Chicago, Ill.|
|Christopher Schmidt *||New York University||MB||Jr.||6-3||Newbury Park, Calif.|
|Macnair Sillick||New York University||OH||So.||6-1||Fairport, N.Y.|
|Eduardo Stawinski *||Springfield College||Lib||Sr.||6-0||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Cordt Withum||Juniata College||MB||Jr.||6-7||Holtwood, Pa.|
|Ricky Ziegler *||Juniata College||S||Sr.||6-5||Manchester, Pa.|
|Ricky Albano *||Springfield College||MB||Sr.||6-3||Spencerport, N.Y.|
|Leeor Alon +||New York University||S||Sr.||5-11||Holon, Isreal|
|Jake Beiter||Medaille College||OH||So.||6-0||Eden, N.Y.|
|TJ Bellei||Carthage College||MB||Fr.||6-6||Lake Forrest, Ill.|
|Tim Cole +||Juniata College||Lib||Jr.||5-9||Yardley, Pa.|
|Jeremy Fontaine +||Endicott College||MB||Sr.||6-2||Belchertown, Mass.|
|Phil Gallagher +||College of Mount Saint Vincent||OH||Sr.||6-2||Peru, Maine|
|Chris Ganje||SUNY New Paltz||OH||Sr.||6-4||Halfmoon, N.Y.|
|Erik Kostanski||Newbury College||OH||Fr.||6-4||Hampden, Mass.|
|Ken McNeeley||Newbury College||MB||So.||6-6||Forest Hill, Md.|
AVCA Division III Men's Player of the Year: Announced April 14 at Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship Banquet
AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Shane Olson, Carthage College
* - 2004 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
+ - 2004 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection
AVCA All-America Division III Men's First-Team
Jeremy Barndt (Juniata, So., MB) - Barndt leads Juniata with 75 total blocks and 0.96 blocks per game. He ranks second on the team with 210 kills and averages 2.69 kills per game. Barndt ranks second in NCAA Division III with a .437 hitting percentage and was named to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team.
Andrew Chace (Rivier, Jr., MB) - Chace leads the Raiders with 391 kills, 67 blocks and a .451 hitting percentage. He averages 3.87 kills and 0.66 blocks per game. Chace adds 19 aces and 50 digs in 101 games. He was named to the D'Youville Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Brandon Mueller (Springfield, Sr., OH) - Mueller led Springfield with 314 kills, 4.13 kills per game and 358 points in 76 games. He hit .311 against Division III nationally ranked opponents. Mueller is a two-time AVCA All-American and was selected to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team.
Nate Ocasio (Juniata, So., RS/Opp) - Ocasio has a team-leading 253 kills and 3.47 kills per game. He is tied for second with 15 aces and is third in digs with 80. Ocasio has also collected 37 blocks this season. He was named to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team and was selected the EIVA Division III Player of the Week on March 29.
Shane Olson (Carthage, Fr., OH) - Olson leads the Redmen with 218 kills and 3.30 kills per game and hits at a .365 clip. He serves up a team-best 32 aces and 0.48 aces per game while picking up 1.44 digs per game. Olson was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week on March 14 and was also named the AVCA Division III Newcomer of the Year.
Christopher Schmidt (NYU, Jr., MB) - Schmidt leads the Violets with a .379 hitting percentage and is 11th in the EIVA. He is second on the squad in total blocks with 11 solos and 61 assists, and second in blocks per game at 0.92. Schmidt is an EIVA Division III All-East Second Team selection and is making his second appearance on the AVCA Division III Men's First Team All-America.
Macnair Sillick (NYU, So., OH) - Sillick was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week on March 7 and was the EIVA Division III Player of the Week twice this season. He is the team leader in kills with 360 and kills per game at 4.44. Sillick currently has 24 aces for the Violets this season. He was named to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team.
Eduardo Stawinski (Springfield, Sr., Lib) - Stawinski picked up 277 digs and averaged 2.77 digs per game. He averaged 6.88 reception attempts per game and committed only 24 errors in 74 games. Stawinski is a two-time AVCA All-American and was named to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team.
Cordt Withum (Juniata, Jr., MB) - Withum has hit .600 against NCAA Division I-II opponents and currently owns a .503 hitting percentage. He is second on the team in blocks with 72 and is third on the team in kills with 204. Withum was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week on January 18 and was named to the EIVA Division III All-East First Team.
Ricky Ziegler (Juniata, Sr., S) - Ziegler has passed out 1,047 assists this season and leads the Eagles with 35 aces, 0.45 per game. He ranks on top of Division III and the EIVA with 13.42 assists per game. Ziegler has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week twice this season. He has helped Juniata to a .340 hitting percentage which ranks second in NCAA Division III and the EIVA. This is the second AVCA Division III All-America selection for Ziegler.
AVCA All-America Division III Men's Second-Team
Ricky Albano (Springfield, Sr., MB) - Albano led the Pride with 76 total blocks and was second in points with 223. He collected 152 kills in 73 games and hit .281. Albano notched 2.15 kills per game against NCAA Division I-II opponents. He was named to the EIVA Division III All-East Second Team.
Leeor Alon (NYU, Sr., S) - Alon has dished out 12.27 assists per game and leads the Violets with 0.36 aces per game. He adds 1.51 digs and 0.46 blocks per game. Alon ranks third in Division III with assists per game and is fifth in the EIVA. This is his second time on the AVCA Division III Men's Second Team All-America.
Jake Beiter (Medaille, So., OH) - Beiter averages 3.88 kills, 2.16 digs and 0.51 aces per game. He hit .364 this season to lead the Mavericks into the Molten Championship. Beiter was named to the D'Youville Invitational All-Tournament Team.
TJ Bellei (Carthage, Fr., MB) - Bellei ranks first on his squad with 54 blocks in 62 games. He also averages 2.15 kills per game and hit .365. Bellei was the first Carthage student-athlete to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week on Feb. 14.
Tim Cole (Juniata, Jr., Lib) - Cole leads the Eagles with 2.66 digs per game and is fourth in the EIVA. He has a .967 reception percentage with just 19 errors on 575 attempts. Cole is a two-time AVCA All-America selection and was named to the EIVA Division III All-East Second Team.
Jeremy Fontaine (Endicott, Sr., MB) - Fontaine has collected 4.08 kills while hitting .379. He is the school's record holder in kills, aces, blocks, points and is second in digs. Fontaine was named to the Endicott All-Tournament Team and was the NECVA New England Player of the Week on Feb. 21. This is his second time being named to the AVCA Division III Men's Second Team All-America.
Phil Gallagher (Mount St. Vincent, Sr., OH) - Gallagher leads the NCAA Division III in aces per game with 0.74 and was second with 5.98 kills per game and 7.30 points per game. He was a two-time NECVA Player of the week and earned the NECVA Metro Player of the Week honor three times. Gallagher is a two-time AVCA Division III All-America selection.
Chris Ganje (SUNY New Paltz, Sr., OH) - Ganje was the NECVA Metro Player of the Week on March 7. He leads the Hawks with 404 kills and 3.61 kills per game. Ganje also averages 0.39 aces, 1.58 digs and 0.61 blocks while hitting .329. He notched his 1,000th-career kill on Feb. 28 against Philadelphia Biblical.
Erik Kostanski (Newbury, Fr., OH) - Kostanski leads the Nighthawks with 442 kills, 3.96 kills per game and 531 points. He is second with a .421 hitting percentage and 1.89 digs per game. Kostanski was named the NECVA Rookie of the Week three times and was the NECVA New England Rookies of the Week on four occasions, including three consecutive weeks.
Ken McNeeley (Newbury, So., MB) - McNeeley hits a team-best .424 and blocked 1.60 balls per game. He ranked second on the squad with 369 kills, 3.08 kills per game and 529.5 points per game. McNeeley was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week on March 28 and was the NECVA Player of the Week the same week.
Photos of 2005 AVCA Division III Men's All-Americans