2018 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2018) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 15th annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.
Leading the way in this year’s class is the Stevens Institute of Technology, who places a combined team-leading five players on the two All-America teams.
Vassar College’s Matthew Knigge takes home his third AVCA First-Team All-American honor while Carthage College’s Matt Reinsel is also honored for the third time (first time making the First-Team). Marymount University’s TJ Wiechecki and NYU’s Alex Li garner AVCA First-Team honors for the second time in their careers.
The selections were made by the AVCA Men's Division III Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson LJ Marx (chairperson), Paul Leon (UC Santa Cruz), Joseph Contello (Brooklyn), Pedro Trevino (Rutgers-Newark), Scott Reslow (Johnson & Wales), Aldis Berzins (Stevenson), Ryan Shopf (Lakeland), Keith Koch (Medaille), Sheila Gisbrecht (Elms), Bill Kropp (St. Joseph’s – Long Island), Cal Wickens (Nazareth).
2018 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|Thomas Burrell!||Stevens Institute of Technology||MB||Sr.|
|Neil Ferraro||New York University||MB||So.|
|Sergio Figueroa Velez||Springfield College||OH||Sr.|
|Matthew Knigge*^||Vassar College||MB||Sr.|
|David Lehman!||Stevens Institute of Technology||RS||So.|
|Alex Li*||New York University||OH||So.|
|Zach Lillig!||Carthage College||MB||Sr.|
|Danny Martens||Milwaukee School of Engineering||L||So.|
|Nate Miller||Lancaster Bible College||RS||Jr.|
|Jacob Patterson||Stevens Institute of Technology||S||Jr.|
|Matt Reinsel!$||Carthage College||S||Jr.|
|Collin Ritter!||Wentworth Institute of Technology||S/H||Sr.|
|Gabe Shankweiler&||Stevens Institute of Technology||OH||Gr.|
|TJ Wiechecki*||Marymount University||RS||Sr.|
2018 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
|Grant Andler||Rivier University||RS||Sr.|
|Garrett Bucklin||Rivier University||S||Sr.|
|Ian Capp||Kean University||S||So.|
|Brendan Crawford||North Central College||MB||So.|
|Dylan DeBoer||Stevens Institute of Technology||OH||Jr.|
|Joseth Irizarry Feliciano||Springfield College||MB||Sr.|
|Kyle Jasuta!||Springfield College||MB||Jr.|
|Zechariah Lee!||Vassar College||S||Sr.|
|Bryn Lipton||Endicott College||OH||So.|
|Thomas Nelson||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||L||So.|
|Quinn Peterson||Juniata College||RS||Jr.|
|Luke Spicer*||Dominican University||RS||Sr.|
|Shayron Taylor||Kean University||MB||Jr.|
|Evan Walsh||Carthage College||RS||Jr.|
2018 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III honorable mention all-america
|Ethan Klosak||Dominican University||OH||So.|
|Joe Muir||Hunter College||L||Sr.|
|Jovanny Torres||Elms College||S/H||Fr.|
2018 TeamSnap/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year: Announced April 26 at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship banquet in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
2018 AVCA Newcomer of the Year: Jovanny Torres, Elms, S/H
* - 2017 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
! - 2017AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection
^ - 2016 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
$ - 2016 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection
# - 2015 AVCA Division III Men's First-Team All-America selection
% - 2015 AVCA Division III Men's Second-Team All-America selection
& - 2014 AVCA Division III Men’s Second-Team All-America selection
AVCA Division III First-Team All-America
Thomas Burrell, Stevens, MB, Sr.
Stats: 2.16 K/S, .506 Hitting %, 1.42 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…The Ducks lead the way in 2018 First-Team All-Americans with four.
Neil Ferraro, NYU, MB, So.
Stats: 2.67 K/S, .436 Hitting %, 1.12 B/S
Tenth different AVCA All-American in program history…The Violets become the eighth program in Men’s Division III with double-digit First-Team certificates (10).
Sergio Figueroa Velez, Springfield, OH, Sr.
Stats: 2.87 K/S, .320 Hitting %, 61 SA, 1.81 D/S, 0.46 B/S
The 19th different member of the Pride to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors.
Matthew Knigge, Vassar, MB, Sr.
Stats: 4.33 K/S, .356 Hitting %, 1.16 D/S, 1.33 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2017: First-Team, 2016: First-Team)…Eleventh player in AVCA Men’s Division III to make the First-Team three times…First for the Brewers.
David Lehman, Stevens, RS, So.
Stats: 3.59 K/S, .320 Hitting %, 1.02 D/S, 0.69 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…Joins teammate Burrell as the fifth and sixth players for the Ducks to make a First-Team and Second-Team in their careers.
Alex Li, NYU, OH, So.
Stats: 3.76 K/S, .265 Hitting %, 1.18 D/S
Two-time AVCA First-Team All-American (2017)…Joins Chris Schmidt (2004-2006) as the only players in program history to make the First-Team multiple times.
Zach Lillig, Carthage, MB, Sr.
Stats: 2.32 K/S, .446 Hitting %, 1.11 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…Tenth different player in program history to earn multiple AVCA All-American honors.
Danny Martens, MSOE, L, So.
Stats: 3.35 D/S, .172 Opponent Team Hitting %
Second AVCA All-American in program history (Quin Krisik; 2015: Second-Team)…The first to make the First-Team.
Nate Miller, Lancaster Bible, RS, Jr.
Stats: 5.53 K/S, .281 Hitting %, 1.46 D/S, 0.46 B/S
First AVCA All-American in program history.
Jacob Patterson, Stevens, S, Jr.
Stats: 10.74 A/S, .328 Team Hitting %, 1.48 D/S, 0.63 B/S
Tenth different Duck to earn AVCA First-Team All-American honors…Their 13 all-time First-Team certificates are fourth most in NCAA Division III.
Matt Reinsel, Carthage, S, Jr.
Stats: 10.84 A/S, Team .284 Hitting %, 1.75 D/S, 0.44 B/S
Three-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team, 2016: Second-Team)…Fourth different player for Carthage to garner AVCA accolades at least three times.
Collin Ritter, Wentworth, S/H, Sr.
Stats: 2.85 K/S, .358 Hitting %, 5.41 A/S, 1.79 D/S, 0.90 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…Joins Alex Potts (2016-2017) as the only other Leopard to be named an AVCA All-American more than once.
Gabe Shankweiler, Stevens, OH, Gr.
Stats: 3.11 K/S, .309 Hitting %, 39 SA, 1.36 D/S, 0.46 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2014: Second-Team)…The first player in Men’s Division III to earn an AVCA All-American honor in his first and last season spanning five years.
TJ Wiechecki, Marymount, RS, Sr.
Stats: 3.99 K/S, .230 Hitting %, 1.50 D/S, 0.48 B/S
Two-time AVCA First-Team All-American (2017)…First player in program history to win multiple AVCA All-American awards.
AVCA Division III Second-Team All-America
Grant Andler, Rivier, RS, Sr.
Stats: 3.18 K/S, .379 Hitting %, 0.62 B/S
First time since 2014 Rivier places multiple players in an AVCA All-American class…Also happened in 2010 and 2009.
Garrett Bucklin, Rivier, S, Sr.
Stats: 10.46 A/S, .290 Team Hitting %, 1.67 D/S, 0.63 B/S
Joins teammate Andler as the sixth and seventh different All-Americans in program history…Tied with Vassar and SUNY New Paltz for eighth-most all-time.
Ian Capp, Kean, S, Fr.
Stats: 9.18 A/S, 88 Kills, 77 SA, .301 Team Hitting %, 1.93 D/S, 0.49 B/S
Kean duplicates the year 2016 when they also had two AVCA Second-Team All-Americans…All six of the Cougars’ All-Americans have come since 2012.
Brendan Crawford, North Central, MB, So.
Stats: 2.28 K/S, .356 Hitting %, 0.72 B/S
First AVCA All-American in program history.
Dylan DeBoer, Stevens, OH, Jr.
Stats: 2.45 K/S, .291 Hitting %, 1.33 D/S, 0.53 B/S
Alongside teammate Patterson, become the 16th and 17th different AVCA All-Americans in Ducks history…Their 17 is fourth-most all-time.
Joseth Irizarry Feliciano, Springfield, MB, Sr.
Stats: 1.27 K/S, .495 Hitting %, 0.82 B/S
Figueroa Velez and Irizarry Feliciano become the 25th and 26th different members of the Pride to garner AVCA All-American honors…Most all-time…Juniata is second with 22.
Kyle Jasuta, Springfield, MB, Sr.
Stats: 1.65 K/S, .469 Hitting %, 0.71 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…The first NCAA Division III program to reach 50 AVCA All-American certificates.
Zechariah Lee, Vassar, S, Sr.
Stats: 10.14 A/S, 46 SA, .258 Team Hitting %, 1.57 D/S, 0.56 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: Second-Team)…Out of Vassar’s seven AVCA All-Americans, five of them have earned the honor multiple times.
Bryn Lipton, Endicott, OH, So.
Stats: 3.30 K/S, .285 Hitting %, 1.99 D/S, 0.60 B/S, 0.51 SA/S
Fourth AVCA All-American for the Gulls…Their first All-American since A.J. Witkofsky (2010).
Thomas Nelson, MIT, L, So.
Stats: 3.21 D/S, .192 Opponent Team Hitting %
Fifth AVCA All-American for the Engineers…Six of their eight all-time certificates have come since 2012.
Quinn Peterson, Juniata, RS, Jr.
Stats: 3.99 K/S, .245 Hitting %, 1.49 D/S, 0.52 B/S
Becomes the 22nd different Eagle to garner AVCA All-American honors…Their 40 combined All-American certificates are second-most all-time.
Luke Spicer, Dominican, RS, Sr.
Stats: 2.99 K/S, .256 Hitting %, 1.33 D/S, 0.53 B/S
Two-time AVCA All-American (2017: First-Team)…Two of the three program’s All-Americans Alex Coyne (2017, 2015) are multiple award honorees.
Shayron Taylor, Kean, MB, Jr.
Stats: 2.14 K/S, .449 Hitting %, 0.87 B/S
Kean has already recorded eight AVCA All-American certificates (tied for 11th most all-time) since they became a varsity program in 2011.
Evan Walsh, Carthage, RS, Jr.
Stats: 3.55 K/S, .266 Hitting %, 2.00 D/S, 0.77 B/S
Twentieth different player for Carthage to earn an AVCA All-American award…Just one of three programs all-time to reach the 20-player plateau (Springfield + Juniata).