Springfield, Mass. - April 27, 2017 - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Thursday evening that Springfield College senior outside hitter Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) was named the 2017 TeamSnap/AVCA Men's Volleyball Division III National Player of the Year.
Vega has had a dominant senior season for the Pride and 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). One of only three Springfield College men's volleyball student-athletes to ever earn three AVCA All-America First Team honors, Vega has also posted 121 digs, 37 blocks, and 36 aces this year.
This marks the the fourth time in program history that the Springfield College men's volleyball program has had the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year.
In 2014, middle Jimmy O'Leary took home the national honor after leading the Pride to the national title with 247, while leading the nation with a .526 hitting percentage. In 2011, senior middle Cal Palumbo was honored after totaling 258 kills at a .506 clip to go along with 102 blocks and 23 aces, while outside hitter AJ Nally was Springfield's first-ever AVCA Division III National Player of the Year in 2010 after he totaled 466 kills and set the program mark for most digs in a season with 305.
With four AVCA Division III Player of the Year selections, Springfield College has the most honorees in the award's 14-year history.