Tuesday, 30 May 2023

NCAA Mens Volleyball

Alberto Mauricio ’25 Becomes Fifth AVCA All-American in Program History After Landing on Second Team

Alberto Mauricio '25 Becomes Fifth AVCA All-American in Program History After Landing on Second Team

LEXINGTON, KY – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2023 All-American teams on Monday afternoon, with Alberto Mauricio ’25 becoming the fifth Soaring Eagle in program history to earn the honor after being selected to the AVCA All-American Second Team. 

Mauricio joins the prestigious list as the fifth in program history, as two-time All-American Erik Griffin ’16 (2015, 2016), Rob Shade ’15, and Michael Vellutato ’14 also earned honors for Elmira College. 

A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Mauricio was named to the AVCA All-Region (North) squad last week along with 12 other United Volleyball Conference student-athletes with the team comprising of 14 athletes in total. 

“I am very proud of Alberto and all he has accomplished this season”, said men’s volleyball head coach Ryan McDonough ’19. “Juan (Alberto) brings a work ethic to the table that is second-to-none, and is the type of player that carries himself to such a high standard on and off the court. Anytime we needed a big kill this season in the biggest of situations, it always felt like he was there to deliver.”

A 2022 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year and 2023 United Volleyball Conference (UVC) First-Teamer, Maurcio was instrumental in helping the Soaring Eagles earn back-to-back UVC Tournament berths for the first time in program history, and was the Division III Men’s Volleyball statistical champion in kills per set after posting a 4.92 mark this season. 

Mauricio led the UVC and finished third in the country in points per set (5.47), coming just 1/100th of a point shy of second, and behind Jarrett Anderson of Springfield, who led the category. In addition to his outstanding attacking numbers, Mauricio ranked 6th in the UVC this season in digs per set (2.08) and seventh in service aces per set (0.37).

The Purple & Gold were in the national ranking discussion for nearly the entirety of the season after beginning the 2023 campaign 7-1 where it posted a five-set victory over #10 nationally-ranked NYU. Against the Violets, Mauricio set a career-best in kills (31), as the Soaring Eagles were first mentioned in the national poll. 

Outside of his national and conference rankings, Mauricio’s 359 kills this season placed him #9 in single-season kills in program history. His 626 total kills in his first two seasons donning the…

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