NEAC Announces 2014-15 Men’s Volleyball Regular Season All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

NEAC Announces 2014-15 Men’s Volleyball Regular Season All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2014-15 Men's Volleyball All-Conference selections, with first, second and third team honors being awarded regardless of position to a total of 21 student-athletes, as selected by the conference coaches.

The NEAC has also announced its men's volleyball individual award winners, as also selected by the conference coaches.  Medaille College senior David Riggsby (Centerville, Ohio) was chosen as the NEAC Player of the Year after an outstanding season for the Mavericks.  The 5-foot-11 setter leads the NEAC in both assists (1,034) and assists per set (9.32), while currently ranking 19th nationally in the latter category.  He is also the conference leader in aces (42) and ranks second in aces per set (0.38), in addition to being in the top 16 in digs (179 – 11th), solo blocks (12 – 12th), block assists (39 – 16th) and total blocks (51 – 15th).  Riggsby, a two-time NEAC Player of the Week selection who also named to the NEAC All-Conference First Team, also smacked 109 kills behind a .286 hitting percentage en route to leading the Mavericks to the conference's regular season title with a 13-1 NEAC record.  The Mavericks (17-14 overall) will now host the upcoming four-team NEAC Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Penn State Altoona junior Brandon Stitt (Altoona, Pa.) was selected as the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year after an excellent season for the Nittany Lions.  The 5-foot-10 libero currently leads all of NCAA Division III with a 3.89 digs-per-set average after compiling a conference-most 338 digs through 87 sets played for the Nittany Lions.  Stitt, who also finished as the national leader in digs per set last season, had at least 20 digs in four different matches this season, while reaching double-digit totals in 14 other contests.  A Defensive Player of the Week honoree earlier in the season, Stitt was also selected to the NEAC All-Conference Third Team.

D'Youville College freshman Brock Tetreault (Grand Island, N.Y.) took home the NEAC Rookie of the Year award after a fantastic debut season for the Spartans.  The versatile outside hitter, who earned separate honors as NEAC Player of the Week and NEAC Defensive Player of the Week this season, led the team with 291 kills, which also ranked first in the conference amongst all rookies and third overall.  Tetreault also recorded the fourth-most points (335), the seventh-most digs (210) and the 10th most aces (21) in the NEAC to go along with 35 total blocks through 27 matches for the Spartans, which helped him also land on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. 

The NEAC Coach of the Year honor was awarded to D'Youville College's Nick Johnson after a terrific season guiding the Spartans. Johnson led D'Youville to 13 wins during his first season at the helm, which marked an eight-game improvement from the year before.  He also guided the Spartans to an 11-3 mark in NEAC play, which helped them claim the second seed in the upcoming NEAC Championship Tournament.  Johnson also saw three of his student-athletes land on the NEAC All-Conference Team.

Below are the NEAC All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Third Team selections:

 

#

Name

College

Year

Position

Hometown

First Team All-Conference

7

David Riggsby

Medaille College

Sr.

S

Centerville, Ohio

11

Connor Hinman

Keuka College

Jr.

OH

Lethbridge, Alberta

17

Nate Schneider

Medaille College

Jr.

OH

Lockport, N.Y.

13

A.J. Davids

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Jr.

MB

Hilton, N.Y.

8

Brock Tetreault

D'Youville College

Fr.

OH

Grand Island, N.Y.

3

David Hill

Medaille College

Sr.

OH

Clarence, N.Y.

16

Matt Huey

Penn State Altoona

Fr.

OH

 Butler, Pa.

Second Team All-Conference

20

Jacob Byers 

Penn State Altoona

So.

OH

Level Green, Pa.

7

Korey Schwab

Hilbert College

Jr.

OH

Lockport, N.Y.

10

Matt Loos

D'Youville College

Jr.

RS

Cheektowaga, N.Y.

2

Jack Battumur

Wells College

Fr.

DS

Denver, Colo.

12

Jordan James

Medaille College

Sr.

MB

Aurora, Ill.

3

Bobby Nilsen

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

So.

MB

Bohemia, N.Y.

1

Brannon Perdicho

Wells College

Fr.

OH

Victor, N.Y.

Third Team All-Conference

14

Alex Battey

Wells College

So.

MH

Palmdale, Calif.

9

Cooper Lyon

Keuka College

Jr.

LB

Lethbridge, Alberta

14

Chris Corcoran

Keuka College

Fr.

S

Big Flats, N.Y.

15

Zach Goggin

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Fr.

S

Feeding Hills, Mass.

2

Brandon Stitt

Penn State Altoona

Jr.

LB

Altoona, Pa.

16

Chris Busha

D'Youville College

Jr.

S

Hamburg, N.Y.

19

Zack Graham

Penn State Altoona

So.

OH

Munhall, Pa.

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference 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 Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men's and women's tennis.