GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2016-17 Men’s Volleyball All-Conference selections, honoring the top 21 players in the league regardless of position. The First, Second, and Third Team are each comprised of seven players as selected by the conference coaches. The conference has also revealed its men’s volleyball individual award winners, who are determined by coaches’ votes.
Penn State Altoona outside hitter Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year following an outstanding sophomore season. In the NEAC, Colditz ranks second in kills (339), sixth in kills per set (3.29), fifth in hitting percentage (.256), sixth in points (369.5) and ninth in points per set (3.9). Among all Division III players, Colditz ranks 28th in kills per set and 53rd in points per set. In addition to his offensive numbers, he has also added 34 total blocks and 129 digs to help the Lions earn their first NEAC regular season championship. Colditz was named NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week on Mar. 20 and earned ECAC Division III South Player of the Week honors in the same week. He was also honored as AMCC Player of the Week on two occasions. Colditz was also one of four Lions to receive a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team, earning first team honors.
Penn State Altoona sophomore Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) has been named NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring his team’s defense. The Lions’ libero finished the season with 463 digs, which is 129 more digs than any other NEAC player. Rivera-Berrios also leads all Division III players in digs and digs per set (4.33) with his numbers undoubtedly adding to the Lions’ Division III-best 12.78 digs per set. His most impressive outing of the season came on Feb. 4 against Wells where he recorded 25 digs. Rivera-Berrios posted more than 20 digs seven times this season. His efforts earned NEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors six times and ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Week accolades two times. Rivera-Berrios was also selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team after helping the Lions’ defense hold its opponents to a .159 hitting percentage.
Lancaster Bible College freshman Kaleb Ansell (York, Pa.) was named NEAC Rookie of the Year after making an immediate impact on the second-seeded Chargers. Ansell amassed 915 assists in 32 matches to rank second in the NEAC. He also ranks second in the league with 8.97 assists per set. The Chargers’ rookie setter had 40 or more assists in a match six times this season, including a season-high 47 in a 3-1 victory over Wilson in the regular season finale. Ansell also ranks eighth in the NEAC with 60 blocks, which includes 13 solo blocks and 47 block assists. Ansell’s play was also recognized with a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team.
Lancaster Bible College Head Coach Jade Brubaker was voted by his peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Chargers through a historic turnaround. After winning just one match two seasons ago and seven last season, Brubaker’s team finished the regular season with a 25-8 overall record to set a new program-record in single-season victories. With a 12-4 record in NEAC play, the Chargers won the same amount of conference matches this season as they did in the previous four seasons combined. In his fourth season at the helm, Brubaker led Lancaster Bible to a second-place finish and a spot in the NEAC semifinals. The Chargers, who ranks second in Division III with a .116 opponent hitting percentage, also had four players land on the NEAC All-Conference Team.
Below is the complete list of the 2016-17 NEAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team:
|First Team All-Conference|
|14||Bradley Colditz||Penn State Altoona||So.||OH||Upper St. Clair, Pa.|
|3||Wally Rivera-Berrios||Penn State Altoona||So.||LB||Toa Alta, Puerto Rico|
|7||Kasey Gentry||Lancaster Bible College||Jr.||OH||Hershey, Pa.|
|1||Calvin Crosby||Medaille College||Sr.||RS||Pendleton, N.Y.|
|17||Brannon Perdicho||Wells College||Jr.||OH||Victor, N.Y.|
|18||Zach Goggin||SUNY Polytechnic||Jr.||S||Feeding Hills, Mass.|
|1||Kaleb Ansell||Lancaster Bible College||Fr.||S||York, Pa.|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|6||Max Szuba||SUNY Polytechnic||So.||OH||Irondequoit, N.Y.|
|12||Daniel Kreider||Lancaster Bible College||So.||MH||Willow Street, Pa.|
|17||Brandon Arentz||Penn State Altoona||Fr.||OH||Mount Wolf, Pa.|
|6||Pat Stroh||D'Youville College||Jr.||OH||Hamburg, N.Y.|
|15||Caden O'Loughlin||Wells College||Fr.||OH||Louisville, Ky.|
|12||Daniel Downs||Penn State Altoona||Jr.||MH||Reading, Pa.|
|4||Matt Dempsey||Medaille College||So.||S||Clarence, N.Y.|
|Third Team All-Conference|
|12||Nick Hagen||SUNY Polytechnic||Sr.||MB||Hilton, N.Y.|
|14||Richard Solano||Lancaster Bible College||Fr.||LB||Riverside, Calif.|
|14||Nick Baxter||Wilson College||Fr.||OH||Denver, Pa.|
|10||Michael Podgorny||Hilbert College||So.||OH||Grand Island, N.Y.|
|15||Connor Gail||Keuka College||Jr.||OH||Euclid, Ohio|
|2||Sam Bloomberg||Medaille College||Jr.||MB||Lake Worth, Fla.|
|16||Ryan Turner||Wells College||So.||MH/RH||Liverpool, N.Y.|
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: www.neacsports.com.