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Palumbo, Ribeiro, and Shoemaker Earn AVCA Division III Men's All-America Honors

2009 AVCA Division III Men's All-America Honors Lexington, Ky. - April 13, 2009 - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 6th Annual AVCA Division III Men's All-America Teams on Monday afternoon and three student athletes from Springfield College earned national recognition.

Sophomore Cal Palumbo was named to the All-America First Team, while teammates Mark Ribeiro and Eric Shoemaker were chosen as All-America Second Team selections.

Palumbo, who hails from Rochester, N.Y., was named to the All-America First Team for the second straight season after earning the honor in his freshman season. Last season's AVCA Division III Newcomer of the Year, Palumbo continued to dominate this season as one of the Pride's middle hitters. This season, Palumbo led the team with a .435 hitting percentage as he racked up 206 kills. He also added 98 total blocks, including 88 block assists for the season. Palumbo sits among the NCAA Division III leaders in hitting percentage and blocks per game, while participating in the Division I dominated Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tait Division.

Since transferring from the University of Hawaii, Ribeiro made an impact as one of the Pride's top offensive weapons. A native of New York, N.Y., Ribeiro was named an All-American for the first time in his career after being nationally ranked in kills per game and aces. To date, the senior has totaled 255 kills, 123 digs, 51 blocks, and 35 aces. He also earned Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Week honors after helping the Pride win a pair of key matches earlier this season.

While directing the Pride's attack in his junior season, Shoemaker earned All-American honors for the first time as well this year. A junior from Mount Wolf, Pa., Shoemaker is among the nation’s leaders in assists, blocks and digs per game and helped the Pride earn a berth in the upcoming EIVA Tournament. He has handed out 952 assists this season, recorded 133 digs, and posted 84 blocks.

Although competing as a Division III institution, the Pride's schedule is comprised of mainly of Division I teams, and thus these All-Americans are also ranked statistically among Division I schools. To date, Palumbo ranks 9th in the country in hitting percentage (.429) and 24th in the country in blocks per game (1.15). Ribeiro stands 9th in the country in aces per game (.43), and 57th in kills per game (2.98). Shoemaker currently is 25th in the country in assists per game (11.14), 47th in blocks per game (1.0), and 67th in digs per game (1.61).

The selections were made by the AVCA Division III Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College); Tim Byram (Endicott College); Jonah Carson (University of California, Santa Cruz); Patrick Dorywalski (Stevens Institute of Technology); Allison Gunther (Baruch College); Keith Koch (Medaille College); and Craig Kolek (Rivier College).

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