The Pride play in the EIVA Conference, which is comprised of 11 teams, seven of which are either Division I or Division II institutions. Thus, these players selections are quite impressive as out of a possible 10 all-conference selections on the first team, seven selections were from Division I or II schools.
This marks the first time as a Division III program that Springfield has landed three players on the All-East First Team. Palumbo earned the All-East honor for the third time in his career, while Falcone earned the award for the second straight season, and Bravo took home his first All-East accolade.
In addition to his success on the court this season, Pelletier was honored for his academics by being named to the 2011 EIVA All-Academic Team. Pelletier met the requirement of owning a grade point average over a 3.5 and played in at least 60% of Springfield's games this season.
Palumbo has continued to rack up the awards this season as he was recently named the AVCA Division III Player of the Year and earned AVCA First Team All-America honors after a standout final season for the Maroon and White. This season, Palumbo has pounded out 237 kills, while hitting an incredible .495 from his middle hitter position. He has registered 101 blocks and 23 service aces.
Bravo was a dynamic offensive weapon in his final year for the Pride as he has notched a team-best 399 kills at a .301 clip. The AVCA First Team All-America honoree has also totaled 128 digs,70 blocks, and 26 serve aces.
A two-time AVCA Second Team All-America, Falcone had another strong season in the middle for Springfield. Hitting at a sensational .508 on the year, Falcone posted 218 kills and a team-best 111 blocks, averaging .98 per set as he earned his second All-East honor.