NEAC Announces 2019 Men's Volleyball All-Conference Team and Awards

NEAC Announces 2019 Men's Volleyball All-Conference Team and Awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2019 Men’s Volleyball All-Conference selections, honoring the top 14 players in the league regardless of position. The First and Second 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, which are determined by the coaches’ votes.

Lancaster Bible right side hitter Nate Miller (Lititz, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight season after leading the Chargers to back-to-back conference regular season titles. Miller ranks second among all Division III players with 4.71 kills per set and 5.49 points per set. In the NEAC, the Lancaster Bible junior is second with 386 kills, 44 service aces, 450 points and a .304 hitting percentage. Miller has registered double-digits kills in 22 of the 27 matches he has appeared in. In addition to his offensive output, Miller is listed ninth in the league with 150 digs and 1.83 digs per set. He also enters the postseason with 27 assists, six solo blocks and 28 block assists. For his outstanding play throughout the 2019 season, Miller was selected NEAC Player of the Week on five occasions and earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team.

SUNY Poly libero Brian Malsan (Slingerlands, N.Y.) has been named NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year after becoming the best defensive player in Wildcats’ history. The SUNY Poly graduate student begins postseason play with 244 digs, which ranks second in the NEAC. Malsan is also third in the league with 2.62 digs per set and has made just 19 receiving errors this season. He has amassed 10 or more digs in 11 contests this year, including a season-high 22 digs against Sage College on March 23.  An All-NEAC First Team selection, Malsan has also contributed 42 assists for the Wildcats and has a .333 hitting percentage through 28 matches.

Keuka College freshman Brad McKnight (Portland, Ore.) has been honored as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after leading the Wolves in kills in his first season. In 22 matches, McKnight has 195 kills, 17 service aces, five assists, 90 digs, six solo blocks and 15 block assists. He averages 2.75 kills per set and 1.27 digs per set while accumulating 225.5 points on the year. McKnight ranks eighth in the NEAC in kills and kills per set while also sitting at 12th with a .202 hitting percentage. In addition to his individual award, McKnight is the lone freshman to earn a spot on the NEAC All-Conference Team.

For the third-straight year, Lancaster Bible Head Coach Jade Brubaker receives the league’s top coaching honor as the NEAC Coach of the Year. Brubaker led the Chargers to a perfect 10-0 record in league play and a 25-4 overall mark in the regular season. Lancaster Bible has been nationally ranked for 11-straight weeks with the Chargers sitting as high as a program-best No. 9. The Chargers are first in the NEAC with 16.2 points per set, 187 total blocks and a .228 hitting percentage while also ranking second in kills (1,155) and points (1,505.5). Four players from Brubaker’s squad were honored for their performances thus far with All-Conference accolades.

The complete 2019 NEAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team is as follows:

No. Name Institution Year Position Hometown
All-Conference First Team
15 Nate Miller Lancaster Bible Jr. RS Lititz, Pa.
15 Caden O'Loughlin Wells College Jr.  OH Louisville, Ky.
25 Kaleb Ansell Lancaster Bible Jr. S York, Pa.
4 Brian Malsan SUNY Poly Gr. L Slingerlands, N.Y.
13 Kole Horst Lancaster Bible Jr. OH New Holland, Pa.
11 Robert Patzer Wells College So. RH Syracuse, N.Y.
16 Piotr Kasza SUNY Poly Sr. S Queens, N.Y.
All-Conference Second Team
8 Seth Welker Keuka College So. DS Clifton Springs, N.Y.
4 Aaron Hoke Wilson College Sr. OH Chambersburg, Pa.
14 Josh Undari Wells College Jr. S Manor Park, N.Y.
6 Max Szuba SUNY Poly Sr. OH Irondequoit, N.Y.
3 Donovan Suguitan SUNY Poly So. OH Clifton Park, N.Y.
20 Kurt Maysilles Lancaster Bible Jr. L Lititz, Pa.
18 Brad McKnight Keuka College  Fr. OH Portland, Ore.

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.