Springfield, Mass. – April 28, 2009 – The Springfield College men’s volleyball team had four student-athletes named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Division III All-Star Team and another was selected to the EIVA All-Academic team, the conference office recently announced. AJ Nally, Cal Palumbo, Mark Ribeiro, and Andy Sipe earned all-star honors, while Eric Shoemaker was recognized for his efforts in the classroom.
Sipe concludes his tremendous four-year career with his fourth-straight EIVA All-Star selection. The New Oxford, Pa. product hit .323 in his senior campaign as he totaled 154 kills. His presence was especially felt at the net as he accumulated 132 total blocks, averaging 1.13 per game. The three-time All-American finished his career as the top blocker in program history as he racked up 522 total blocks, including 438 block assists. To date, Sipe ranks ninth in Division I in blocks per game.
After finishing up his junior campaign, Nally was selected as an EIVA All-Star for the third time. The junior outside from Rochester, N.Y. led the team in kills with 297 this season, averaging just over 3.6 per game. Nally was also impressive on the defensive side of the ball as he registered 161 digs and 72 total blocks on the season. He finished the season ranked 25th in Division I in kills per game.
In just two years under the direction of Charlie Sullivan, Palumbo has emerged as one of the more dominant players in college volleyball. A two-time AVCA First Team All-American selection, this is also Palumbo’s second all-star recognition. The Rochester, N.Y. native, had another impressive season for the Pride as he led the team with a .432 hitting percentage as he racked up 216 kills. He also added 101 total blocks, including 90 block assists for the season. Palumbo sits among the NCAA Division I leaders in hitting percentage and blocks per game, while participating in the Division I dominated 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 also named an All-American for the first time in his career after being nationally ranked in kills per game and aces. This season, Ribeiro totaled 267 kills, 135 digs, 53 blocks, and was especially effective from the service line as he now is 9th in the country in aces per game.
For Shoemaker, this marks the second-straight year he has been honored for his academic success. The Mount Wolf, Pa. product was one of 14 student-athletes selected after earning a 3.63 grade point average while majoring in computer graphics. For a student-athlete to qualify for the award, they must have a cumulative grade point average of about 3.50 and play in at least 60% of the teams games.