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Nally and Sullivan Lead EIVA Division III Honors

Nally and Sullivan Lead EIVA Division III Honors Springfield, Mass. - April 9, 2010 - The Springfield College men’s volleyball team had five players named to the EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) Division III All-Star Team, including AJ Nally who was named the EIVA Division III Player of the Year. In addition, head coach Charlie Sullivan was honored as the EIVA Division III Coach of the Year.

The Pride’s selections to the EIVA Division III team included seniors Eric Shoemaker and Nally, junior Cal Palumbo, and freshmen Greg Falcone and Mike Pelleitier.

Nally earned the Player of the Year honor after a standout final season for the Maroon and White. This season, Nally has led the team with 379 kills, averaging 4.08 per set, while hitting .287 from his outside hitter position. He has registered 247 digs and set the program mark for most digs in a career earlier this season. This year, Nally posted 12 double doubles and has recorded double digit kills in the last 17 matches in which he has played at least three sets. Nally earned EIVA Division III All-Star status all four years of his career.

Sullivan took home EIVA Division III Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in his career after guiding Springfield to a berth in the 2010 Molten Division III Invitational National Championships which will take place April 16-17. Sullivan, who guided the Pride to a 17-9 record, has won this award on four other occasions, all in years in which the Pride went on to win the national championship.

Shoemaker guided Springfield in his senior season as he has registered 1167 assists, just over 12.8 per game. The All-American leads the team with 29 service aces and has racked up 89 blocks, the third highest total on the team.

Palumbo had yet another dominating season for the Pride as he posted 246 kills at an incredible .441 hitting percentage out of the middle. The two-time All-American and three-time EIVA D3 All-Star is second on the team in blocks with 115 this season, averaging 1.21 per game. Palumbo had arguably one of the finest matches of his career against rival Juniata on March 5 when he pounded out a career-best 20 kills at a .630 clip.

In his first season for the Pride, Falcone set the program mark for blocks in a single season as he has racked up 164 blocks in just 95 games played. Currently leading the country in blocks per game with 1.73, the freshman has chipped in with 138 kills to date. Throughout the season, Falcone had four matches where he had at least 10 blocks.

Pelletier had a solid first year for the Pride as its second outside hitter. Complementing the Pride’s offense and defense, Pelletier registered 175 kills and 128 digs, while posting 50 blocks. Pelletier totaled double digit kills in nine matches this season and had three double-double performances.

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