PSU's Jose Quinones Named EIVA Player of the Year
State College, Pa.- For the second consecutive season, Penn State junior setter Jose Quinones (Bayamon, P.R.) was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association's Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Player of the Year. Quinones, who has now been named First Team All-EIVA in each of his three seasons at Penn State, has already set the school record for career assists with 4,990. He averaged 12.91 assists per game this season and was second on the team with 170 digs.
Joining Quinones on the first team were teammates Carlos Guerra (Tamaulipus, Mex.), Zelimir Koljesar (Kitchener, Ont.) and John Mills (Fresno, Calif.) Guerra, a 6-5 sophomore outside hitter, led the Lions with 4.56 kills per game this season, while also hitting .322 on the year. Koljesar, a 6-4 sophomore opposite hitter, averaged 3.55 kills, 1.29 digs and 0.53 blocks per game this season.
Mills, a 6-9 junior middle back, hit .484 and led the Lions with 1.14 blocks per game.
Rounding out the first team were Concordia's Juan Jose Parra and Alvaro Velasco, Chris Barnes and Andre Melo of George Mason and Jeremy Hoff of Rutgers-Newark.
Penn State's Zach Slenker (Dallastown, Pa.) was named to the All-EIVA second team.
Koljesar, a computer science major, was also named to the All-EIVA Academic Team.
All nine players named to the league's first team will be in action at this weekend's EIVA Tournament which will determine the league's representative to the NCAA Final Four. In semifinal matches to be played Thursday at Penn State, No. 2 seed Concordia will play No. 3 seed George Mason at 5 p.m., with the top seed and host Nittany Lions taking on No. 4 seed Rutgers-Newark at 8 p.m. The championship match will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year: Jose Quinones, JR, S, 6'3", Penn State EIVA Newcomer of the Year: Juan Jose Parra, FR, MB, 6'8", Concordia
All-EIVA First Team Chris Barnes, JR, MB, 6'5", George Mason Carlos Guerra, SO, OH, 6'5", Penn State Jeremy Hoff, JR, OH, 6'4", Rutgers-Newark Zelimir Koljesar, SO, OPP, 6'4", Penn State Andre Melo, SR, OH, 6'3", George Mason John Mills, JR, MB, 6'7", Penn State Juan Jose Parra, FR, MB, 6'8", Concordia Jose Quinones, JR, S, 6'3", Penn State Alvaro Velasco, JR, S, 6'4", Concordia All-EIVA Second Team Ryan Burrow, JR, OH, 6'2", Rutgers-Newark Fernando Fuentes, SR, OPP, 6'2", NJIT Jonathan Hanners, JR, S, 6'3", George Mason Danko Iordanov, JR, OPP, 6'5", Rutgers-Newark Carlos Lopez, JR, OH, 6'1", Concordia Luis Mendez, JR, OPP, 6'5", Concordia Zach Slenker, SO, MB, 6'7", Penn State Ashraf Taman, FR, OH, 6'6", Concordia Chris Telesco, JR, OH, 6'3", St. Francis Second Team EIVA All-Academic Team Gary Chern, JR, MB, 6'2", Electrical Engineering, Princeton Ben Hill, SR, OH, 6'6", Environmental Science, Southampton Paul Kessenich, JR, OH, 6'5", Mathematics, Vassar Scott Kofmehl, SO, S, 6'3", International Political Economy, Juniata Zelimir Koljesar, SO, OPP, 6'4", Computer Science, Penn State Art Kulans, SO, OH, 6'5", Finance, George Mason David Paine, JR, MB, 6'5", Biochemistry, Vassar Marc Sanford, SR, MB, 6'4", Computer Science, NJIT Scott Schult, SO, MB, 6'5", Business Administration, Southampton Josh Shepherd, SO, OH, 6'1", Sports Management, Springfield Adam Tebbe, JR, MH, 6'7", Biology, St. Francis Chris Telesco, JR, OH, 6'3", English/Communications, St. Francis