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Men's Volleyball Lands Four on AVCA All-America Teams

Men's Volleyball Lands Four on AVCA All-America Teams Springfield, Mass. - April 12, 2011- The Springfield College men's volleyball team had four student-athletes named to the America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Men's Division III All-America Teams. Alberto Bravo, Cal Palumbo, and Nick Ferry all earned first team honors, while Greg Falcone was a second team selection.

Palumbo became the first player in program history to have achieved first-team All-America accolades in all four of his collegiate seasons. Bravo and Ferry earned All-America honors for the first time in their careers, while this marks the second-straight season Falcone took home second-team honors.

Springfield College and Nazareth College both had four selections to the All-America teams, while the Pride's three first-team honorees was the most in the country.

A native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Bravo has had a standout senior season as the Pride's right side hitter. He leads the team with 333 kills, averaging 3.66 kills per set. Despite playing a conference dominated by Division I programs, Bravo is ranked in the top-five in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) in kills.

Of the 20 All-America selections announced, Ferry is just one of three freshmen from around the country to earn the honor and the only first-year to be named to the first team. A product of Valencia, Calif., Ferry leads the Pride with 2.24 digs per set as they head to the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship. To date, Ferry has racked up 217 digs and ranks fifth in the EIVA in the category.

A four-time All-America selection, Palumbo looks to power Springfield to its third national title since he arrived on campus. Making a homecoming to Rochester, N.Y. for this year's Molten Championship, Palumbo ranks second in the EIVA Tait conference hitting at a .487 clip. He has posted 210 kills on the year to go along with 92 blocks and 20 aces.

A 6-8 middle blocker from Lindenhurst, N.Y., Falcone has had an impressive sophomore campaign for the Pride. Ranking first in the EIVA in hitting percentage (.513) and also sitting among the country’s best in blocks per set (1.03), Falcone earns his second AVCA All-America honor for the Pride.

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