A nationwide voting committee selected 15 players to the 2019 Off the Block Division III Preseason All-American Team.
The annual preseason honor that was released Thursday recognizes the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season.
The 2018 NCAA Tournament runner-ups Stevens Tech led all schools with three Preseason All-American selections. Both Carthage and NYU were the only other schools to have multiple players earn a spot on the team.
The defending national champions Springfield along with Dominican, Juniata, Kean, Lancaster Bible, Milwaukee Engineering, Stevenson and SUNY New Paltz each had one player named a Preseason All-American.
Players eligible for the Preseason All-American Team had to be on an active roster of a Division III men’s volleyball team.
The 12-member voting committee for the preseason award was comprised of Division III men’s volleyball head coaches from around the nation.
Kean setter Ian Capp was the committee’s only unanimous selection to the Preseason All-American Team. Capp was a Second-Team All-American and the CVC Setter of the Year in 2018 as he helped lead Kean to its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Six players — NYU’s Alex Li, Stevens Tech’s Dylan DeBoer and David Lehman, Lancaster Bible’s Nate Miller, Juniata’s Quinn Peterson and Stevenson’s Landon Short — were all one vote shy of being unanimous Preseason All-American selections.
This is the fourth season that Off the Block has presented the Division III Preseason All-American Team. Off the Block is the only volleyball organization to present men’s volleyball Preseason All-American Teams.
Off the Block is a national award winning website that launched in 2011 and is nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage.
The NCAA Division III men’s volleyball season begins in January and concludes with the NCAA Tournament semifinals and finals that will take place April 26-17 at Kean.
Division III Preseason All-American Team
Setter: Ian Capp, Kean
Setter: Jacob Patterson, Stevens Tech
Setter: Matt Reinsel, Carthage
Opposite: David Lehman, Stevens Tech
Opposite: Nate Miller, Lancaster Bible
Opposite: Quinn Peterson, Juniata
Opposite: Nick Smith, SUNY New Paltz
Opposite: Evan Walsh, Carthage
Outside attacker: Dylan DeBoer, Stevens Tech
Outside attacker: Ethan Klosak, Domincan
Outside attacker: Alex Li, NYU
Outside attacker: Landon Shorts, Stevenson
Middle attacker: Neil Ferraro, NYU
Middle attacker: Kyle Jasuta, Springfield
Libero: Danny Martens, Milwaukee Engineering
Division III Preseason All-American Honorable Mentions
Setter: Matthew Grace, SUNY New Paltz
Setter/Opposite: Jovanny Torres, Elms
Outside attacker: Paul Clark, Southern Virginia
Outside attacker: Bryan Lipton, Endicott
Outside attacker: Sam Safley, Marymount
Middle attacker: Raymond Cascio, UC Santa Cruz
Libero: Eli Irizarry Pares, Springfield