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O'Leary and Ferry Headline ECAC Men's Volleyball Honors

Jimmy O'Leary Centerville, Mass. - May 30, 2014 - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2014 Division III Men’s Volleyball All-Star teams, and Springfield College seniors Jimmy O’Leary (Reading, Pa.) and Nick Ferry (Valencia, Calif.) headlined the group. O’Leary was selected as the Player of the Year, while Ferry was tabbed as the Libero of the Year.

In addition to their major award honors, O'Leary and Ferry were named to the ECAC All-Star First Team along with teammate Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico). Junior Keaton Pieper (Dallas, Texas) was tabbed an ECAC All-Star Second Team honoree.

O’Leary helped lead the Pride to their third consecutive NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball title in 2014. The senior middle blocker topped the nation in hitting percentage (.526), registering 247 kills on 397 attempts. As a team, Springfield notched the No. 1 team hitting percentage nationally (.331) for the third time in as many seasons. O’Leary was third in the country in blocks per set (1.18) and recorded 40 aces for Springfield. For his efforts, O’Leary was also named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-America as well as the AVCA National Player of the Year.

Ferry completed his career at Springfield as the program record holder in digs. He accumulated 1,024 digs over the course of four seasons, including 256 in 2014 to become the first member of the Pride to reach the 1,000-dig milestone. Ferry averaged 2.39 digs per set in his senior season and also added 38 assists from his libero position, as Springfield posted a 27-8 record. He was named an AVCA First Team All-America selection for the second time in his career after earning the distinction at the conclusion of his freshman season in 2011.

One of the more dynamic players in 2014, Vega ranked first on the Pride with 365 kills and is averaging 4.01 kills per set to accompany his .370 hitting percentage. This season, Vega became earned AVCA First Team All-America status and was named the NCAA Division III Championship Most Outstanding Player for the second-straight year. Throughout the year, Vega chipped in 132 digs, 58 blocks, and 29 aces.

For the third time in his career, Pieper directed the nation's top-ranked offense and its third-straight national title. Pieper, a first-time AVCA All-American after posting 884 assists as a junior, guided the Pride to a .328 hitting percentage and also added 79 digs, 61 blocks, and 20 service aces. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for the second time in his career as well.

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