The Pride's four honorees were the most from any one institution in the country.
Jimmy O'Leary (Reading, Pa.) earned first-team honors, while Angel Perez (Naranjito, Puerto Rico), Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico), and Nick Ferry (Valencia, Calif.) were named to the second team. Additionally, junior Keaton Pieper (Dallas, Texas) was among those individuals who also received votes.
O'Leary posted 191 kills at a remarkable .497 clip out of the middle for the Pride last season and is coming off his first-ever AVCA Division III All-America Second Team recognition. He also added 100 blocks on the season, ranking 15th in the country in blocks per set with 0.99.
Ferry enters his final season with the Pride anchoring the defense a year removed from ranking in nation’s top 25 with a 2.42 digs per game average. Through three years with the Pride, Ferry has recorded the third-most digs in program history with 768, including 249 last season.
Perez returns for his junior season after missing the entire 2013 season with a knee injury. As a freshman, Perez was the AVCA Division III Newcomer of the Year, an AVCA Division III First Team All-American and helped lead Springfield to the inaugural Division III NCAA championship in 2012.
As a freshman last season, Vega finished in the nation’s top 25 for attack percentage with a .341 clip and ranked third on the team with 199 kills. The-first year shined at the NCAA Division III Championships, as he combined for 36 kills while hitting .388 to go along with 18 digs and seven aces in three matches to earn Most Outstanding Player recognition.
The 10-member voting committee for these teams was comprised of Division III men’s volleyball head coaches from around the nation. Off the Block is a national-award winning website that launched in January 2011 and has become among the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.
Off the Block has annually presented the men’s volleyball Division I-II Preseason All-American Teams since 2011, with this being the first year it expanded to include Division III Preseason All-American Teams.