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2008 (Junior): AVCA First Team All-American ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... First Team All-EIVA ... EIVA All-Championship Team ... four-time EIVA Player of the Week ... Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team ... played in 100 of 103 games and all 31 matches ... recorded 318 kills, 48 service aces, 41 digs and 130 total blocks ... averaged 3.18 kills per game on .548 hitting, good for first on the team, in the nation and second on Penn State's single-season hitting percentage record list ... had 18 double-digit kill matches ... posted a season-high 17 kills on .727 hitting at Princeton (3/8) ... notched 16 kills against NYU (4/24) in the EIVA Semifinals ... tallied 12 kills on .417 hitting in the NCAA Championship match against Pepperdine (5/3) ... led the team with 48 service aces, good for second all-time on Penn State's single-season record list ... had 13 multiple-ace contests, including a season-high five twice - against IPFW (2/9) and at East Stroudsburg (2/20) ... had four aces at George Mason (3/7) and again versus Ohio State (3/28) ... led the team in blocks with 130, good for 13th all-time on the single-season list ... equaled his career high with nine blocks at Long Beach State (3/15) and again in the NCAA Championship match versus Pepperdine (5/3) ... had 29 multiple-block contests ... posted seven blocks against Ball State (1/5) and again at IPFW (4/12).
2007 (Summer): Played in 27 games for the United States Junior National Team at the World Championship in Rabat, Morocco ... was a starting middle hitter for the U.S. ... the team finished seventh in the world ... scored 56 points for the championship ... provided 42 kills for an average of 1.55 kills per game on .400 hitting ... added five blocks and six digs.
2007 (Sophomore): First Team All-EIVA ... EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team ... Active Ankle/Long Beach State Guesthouse Classic All-Tournament Team ... played in every game of the season, averaging 2.71 kills per game on .447 hitting, good for 12th on the Penn State single-season hitting percentage list ... had 13 multiple-kill matches, including racking up a career-high 21 at Juniata (3/28) ... had 13 kills on .579 hitting against Ohio State (2/1) and posted 15 kills on .700 hitting versus George Mason (2/10) ... recorded 12 kills on .556 hitting in the NCAA Semifinal match against eventual national champion UC Irvine (5/3) ... set a new Nittany Lion single-season service ace record with 55, besting the previous record of 47 set by Robert Pierce in 1989 ... also tied the school record for aces in a rally-scoring-match with six on two occasions, including versus Mercyhurst (3/9) and against IPFW (3/24) ... had at least one ace in 23 matches, including 14 multiple-ace contests ... led the team with 129 total blocks, good for an average of 1.21 blocks per game ... blocking total of 129 is 13th on the all-time single-season chart and 119 block assists ranks 10th on the all-time list ... had at least one block in every match and had 13 contests with five or more blocks ... posted a career-high nine blocks at UC Irvine (3/14) ... fell just shy of that mark with eight blocks against the Anteaters in the NCAA semifinal contest (5/3), also providing eight stuffs at Long Beach State (3/17) and at Rutgers-Newark (3/23).
2006 (Summer): Member of the United States Junior National Team that placed second at the NORCECA Zone Championship, qualifying for the World Championship in Morocco in the summer of 2007 ... named "Best Blocker" of the championship.
2006 (Freshman): First Team All-East ... EIVA All-Championship team ... played in all 30 matches and 108 games ... averaged 2.17 kills per game on .415 hitting (15th in the nation) with 0.23 service aces per game, 0.44 digs per game and 1.19 blocks per game ... led the team with 129 total blocks, good for 13th on Penn State's single-season record list ... had nine double-digit kill matches, including four of the last six contests ... posted a career-best 18 kills on .536 hitting at Ball State (4/15) ... recorded the highest hitting percentage of the season for a Nittany Lion player, attacking at a .909 clip (10-0-11) versus Juniata (2/3) ... in the two matches of the National Collegiate Championship versus UC Irvine and UCLA, averaged 2.13 kills per game on .444 hitting through the eight games ... led the team in blocking 16 times ... recorded at least one block in every match of the year, tallying five or more blocks 14 times ... posted a career-high nine blocks twice, once against Long Beach State (2/4) and again versus Rutgers-Newark (4/27) in the EIVA Championship semifinal ... ranked second on the team with 25 service aces ... recorded a career-high three aces three times, including versus Princeton (3/3), at Rutgers-Newark (3/31) and at Ohio State (4/4).
Member of the 2005 United States Youth National Team ... a six-time letterwinner (four in volleyball and two in soccer) for Purcell Marian (Ohio) High School ... two-time kill leader, service aces leader and solo and block assists leader for the Cavaliers ... named the Ohio Player of the Year following senior season ... first team all-state as a junior and third team all-region as a sophomore ... GCL Player of the Year ... two-time Southwest Ohio All-Region ... GCL First Team ... played for the Cincinnati Attack club team ... squad was Flight 1 champions at the 2004 Junior Olympic Championship.
Born Maxwell Philip Holt on March 12, 1987 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... parents are Kim and Angie Holt ... has three siblings, Megan (34), Nick (23) and Sam (15), who also plays volleyball ... names Ben Harper as favorite musical entertainer, history as favorite school subject, the Cincinnati Bengals as favorite pro sports team and Chad Johnson as favorite athlete ... majoring in journalism.
Quoting Coach Pavlik
"Max will once again be one of the premier middle blockers in the NCAA. His attacking, blocking and serving will be counted on to score points for us. He is poised to continue his improvement through his senior year."