May 1, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Joseph Smalzer (Palos Heights, Ill./Marist) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second Team. Smalzer becomes the 11th player in Loyola history to earn All-American status and is the third in as many years for the Ramblers. He is one of only four players from the MIVA to be recognized among the nation's best.
The opposite hitter finished his sophomore season with a team-high 337 total kills, 136 digs, and 52 blocks. He led the MIVA conference with 48 total service aces for a 0.49 average, a statistic that ranks him sixth nationally.
For his efforts this season, Smalzer earned All-MIVA first team accolades for the second time in his career. He was also named MIVA Offensive Player of the Week (March 26) and AVCA National Player of the Week (March 27) after a string of breakout matches in which he smashed multiple personal-records in five straight contests.
Members were selected by the AVCA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Mark Pavlik (Penn State); Mike Rumbaugh (Saint Francis); Fred Chao (George Mason); Bill Ferguson (USC); Rick McLaughlin (UCSB); John Kosty (Stanford); Shane Davis (Loyola); Dan Friend (Lewis); Joel Walton (Ball State).
The awards will be presented at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of the University of Southern California on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.