Vega Named ECAC North Men's Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Year; Five Earn All-Region Honors

Vega Named ECAC North Men's Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Year; Five Earn All-Region Honors

Danbury, Conn. - April 21, 2017 - Springfield College's Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Men's Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Year.  

Vega was joined by teammates Luis Garcia Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) and Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) on the ECAC North All-Star First Team, while Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Eli Irizarry Pares (San Juan, Puerto Rico) were chosen to the ECAC North All-Star Second Team.

Vega has been instrumental in Springfield earning the top seed in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship as the Pride own a 26-2 record.   The outside hitter currently ranks second in the country with a .463 hitting percentage and is fifth nationally in both kills per set (4.21) and points per set (4.95).

Jasuta earned first-team honors following a sophomore campaign in which he hit .536 out of the middle while totaling 114 kills.  The Accounting and Finance major has posted 51 blocks and keyed a Pride defense that leads the country in opponent's hitting percentage (.110).

Garcia Rubio has directed Springfield to the top offense in all of college men's volleyball as the Pride have recorded a .419 hitting percentage.  The Business Management major ranks second in the country with 10.62 assists per set and has chipped in 80 digs, 45 blocks, and 19 aces.

Padilla Ayala had another standout season for Springfield, registering 188 kills at a .368 clip, to go along with 108 digs and 36 blocks.  The Business Management major leads the team with 44 aces, and ranks ninth in the country in aces per set (.56).  

In his second season at libero for the Pride, Irizarry Pares leads the team with 173 digs, averaging 2.44 per set.  Majoring in Health Care Management, the sophomore also owns a serve reception percentage of .965 this season.