NEAC Announces Men's Volleyball, Men's Golf, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis Student-Athletes of the Week for Apr. 11

NEAC Announces Men's Volleyball, Men's Golf, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis Student-Athletes of the Week for Apr. 11

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in men’s volleyball, men’s golf, women’s tennis and men’s tennis for the week ending Apr. 9. This week marks the last honors of the season for men’s volleyball. 

Jacob Byers (Level Green, Pa.), a senior outside hitter from Penn State Altoona, has been named the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week after helping the Lions go 2-1 in non-conference play. In a 3-0 win over Wilkes, Byers had nine kills, two digs and three blocks. He tallied 18 kills, three digs and three blocks against nationally-ranked No. 14 Eastern Mennonite before closing out the week with 16 kills, four digs and two service aces in a five-set win over Stevenson. In three matches, Byers averaged 3.58 kills per set with a .329 hitting percentage.

Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) from Penn State Altoona closes out the regular season with his sixth NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week award of the season. The Lions’ sophomore libero opened the week with 14 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Wilkes. On Apr. 8, he combined for 34 digs in matches against Eastern Mennonite and Stevenson. Rivera-Berrios finished the week with 48 digs for an average of 4.00 digs per set. He wraps up the regular season with a NEAC-best 463 digs and leads all of Division III with 4.33 digs per set.

Ethan Cairns (Quarryville, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week after a fourth-place finish at the Dutchmen Spring Invitational. The Nittany Lions’ rookie finished five strokes over the course par with a score of 77 to finish fourth in a field of 61 golfers. Cairns was the top golfer for Penn State Berks as the Nittany Lions placed second among 12 teams at the Apr. 3 event.  

Kianna Anderson (New Holland, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has received NEAC Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week accolades after posting a 6-0 record against NEAC opponents. On Apr. 5 against Bryn Athyn, the Nittany Lions’ sophomore recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles and an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles with Erin Ginther. Anderson earned a 6-1, 6-0 singles victory and an 8-2 doubles win against Penn College on Apr. 8 before wrapping up with week with two more wins against the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Will Byler (Lancaster, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been named the NEAC Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week after winning all of his matches in a 2-0 week for the Nittany Lions. Byler earned two victories at No. 1 singles, winning against Bryn Athyn (6-2, 6-1) and Penn College (6-0, 6-1). The Nittany Lions’ junior also paired with Ryan Fritz at No. 1 doubles to pick up a pair of 8-0 wins to help their team earn two conference victories. This award marks the second weekly honor for Byler this year as he was also honored on Oct. 10 to close out the fall season.


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: