LEXINGTON, KY – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2016 AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams on Monday, April 18. Five student-athletes from Carthage College earned All-America honors for the 2016 season, the most awards of any institution in NCAA Division III. This is the second time in program history that Carthage has received five recognitions, to match the 2012 season.
Marc Hansen (Oak Lawn, Ill./H.S.), Griffin Shields (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), and J.P. Tulacka (Westmont, Ill/Downers Grove-North) all earned First-Team All-American honors. Shields previously earned second-team honors in 2015 and Tulacka earned second-team honors in 2014. This is the first award for Hansen. Tulacka is currently ranked second in the nation for blocks per set with an average of 1.49 blocks/set. Shields is ranked fourth in points per set and sixth in kills per set with averages of 4.90 points/set and 3.91 kills/set.
In addition to Carthage's three first-team honorees, Will Craft (Crete, Ill/Chicago Heights) and Matt Reinsel (St. Louis, Mo./Lindbergh) earned Second-Team All-America honors for the 2016 season. Reinsel was also named the 2016 AVCA Newcomer of the Year award, the third Newcomer of the Year in program history. He joins Shane Olson and Connor Wexter who earned AVCA Newcomer of the Year honors in 2005 and 2011, respectively. Statistically, Reinsel is ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in assists per set with an average of 10.42 assists/set.
The Red Men open play in the 2016 NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championships on Friday, April 22 in Rochester, N.Y. on the campus of Nazareth College as they take on Stevenson University in a quarterfinals matchup at 8 p.m. EST.