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Nugent Named Off the Block Preseason All-American

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Dec. 13, 2016

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Chris Nugent (Fair Lawn, N.J.) was named to the Off the Block Preseason Second Team All-America Team for Division I-II. He was one of 21 players nationwide selected to the teams.

The Off the Block Preseason All-America Teams recognize the NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Ten players were selected as Preseason First Team-All-Americans and 11 players were named Preseason Second Team All-Americans. Players from 11 different programs were honored.

Nugent, a 2016 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, started in 29 matches playing 103 sets at outside hitter. A first-team All-EIVA selection and Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Co-Player of the Year, Nugent led the Lions with 396 kills, averaging 3.84 kills per set. Nugent hit .309 for the season, which ranked third in the EIVA – 34th nationally - and totaled a team high 31 aces to average 0.30 service aces per set. In addition, Nugent averaged 1.35 digs per set.

A member of the EIVA Championship All-Tournament team, Nugent helped guide Penn State to a 19-10 overall record and a 12-2 record in EIVA action capturing the 18th-consecutive EIVA Regular Season.

This is the sixth year for the Off the Block Preseason All-America Teams. Off the Block is a website dedicated to collegiate men's volleyball news and analysis. The 26-member voting committee was comprised of men's volleyball head coaches and writers from around the nation.

Off the Block Preseason All-America Teams
Preseason First Team All-America
Setter: Micha Ma’a, UCLA

Setter: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State

Opposite: Miles Johnson, Ohio State

Opposite: Ben Patch, BYU

Outside attacker: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State



Outside attacker: Brenden Sander, BYU

Outside attacker: Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State

Middle attacker: Jeff Jendryk, Loyola

Middle attacker: Mitch Stahl, UCLA

Libero: Evan Enriques, Stanford

Preseason Second Team All-America
Setter: Christy Blough, Ohio State

Opposite: Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State

Opposite: Jabarry Goodridge, NJIT

Opposite: Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine

Opposite: Mitch Perinar, Lewis

Outside attacker: Jake Arnitz, UCLA

Outside attacker: Jake Langlois, BYU

Outside attacker: Chris Nugent, Penn State

Middle attacker: Price Jarman, BYU

Libero: Johnny Gomez, George Mason

Libero: Andrew Sato, Long Beach State

Others Receiving Votes:

Leo Durkin, BYU

Enrique de Diego Garcia, Cal Baptist

Gabriel Domecus, Ohio State

Michael Saeta, UC Irvine

Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i

Blake Lesson, Ohio State

Brian Negron, George Mason

Jack Wilson, George Mason

Artur Cabral, Coker

Royce Clemens, Penn State

Kupono Fey, Hawai’i

Federico Pagliara, Barton

David Wiecsoreck, Pepperdine

Aleksa Brkovic, Barton

Ricky Gevis, Loyola

Davis Gillett, UCLA

Roberto Perez, Erskine

Joao Victor Santos, Coker

Jacob Schmiegelt, Lewis

Scott Stadick, UC Irvine

Matt Walsh, Ball State

Ackeem West, Emmanuel

Kekaulike Alameda, Barton

Andy Benesh, USC

Matt Callaway, Penn State

Jordan Ewert, Stanford

Vasilis Mandilaris, Barton

Brendan Schmidt, McKendree

For more information on the Penn State men's volleyball team, please visit or follow the team on Twitter @PennStateMVBall.



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