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Ritter Named AVCA First Team All-American

Ritter Named AVCA First Team All-American

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second straight season and second time in program history, the Wentworth men's volleyball team was represented on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-America First Team, as announced by the organization on Monday afternoon.

Senior setter Collin Ritter (Feeding Hills, Mass.) takes home First Team All-America honors after being named a Second Team All-American last season. The senior setter, also the repeat Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Offensive Player of the Year, earned the accolade after a First Team All-GNAC selection, and becomes the sixth men's volleyball player in program history to take home an All-America honor, and 10th overall throughout the Wentworth athletic program.

Ritter was a large component to the Leopards' 22-11 season, their sixth straight year of at least 20 wins, as he led the squad in kills per set (2.85) and assists per set (5.41). He led his team and ranked second among GNAC players in total kills with 291 this season, more than his three previous years combined.

A versatile and crucial player on any side of the court, Ritter also averaged 1.79 digs per set, and registered a triple double (kills-assists-digs) in six matches this season. Additionally, Ritter became the all-time assists leader on March 27, and finished his career with 3,563 total helpers.

Ritter is the lone representative on the First Team from the GNAC, and joins just one other New England honoree, Sergio Figueroa Velez from Springfield College. 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.

The All-America awards will be presented at the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship banquet on April 26 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

 

2018 AVCA MEN'S DIVISION III FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

First Name

Last Name

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

  

First Name

Last Name

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

 

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Pos.

Yr.

Ethan

Klosak

Dominican University

OH

So.

Joe

Muir

Hunter College

L

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

 

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