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

Player Institution Pos. Yr.
 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

Player Institution Pos. Yr.
 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

Player Institution Pos. Yr.
 Ethan Klosak  Dominican University OH So.
 Joe Muir  Hunter College 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).