Courtesy of Dominican University
RIVER FOREST, Illinois -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released the 2017 Men's Division III All-America Teams on Monday, naming Dominican University's Alex Coyne and Luke Spicer to the All-America First Team after the pair led the Stars to a 26-2 overall record and the 2017 MCVL Tournament Championship to claim the program's first bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championships.
Coyne becomes the first two-time All-American in Stars' program history after earning a Second Team nod following the 2015 season. A senior setter, Coyne runs one of the nation's most efficient offenses with a .312 hitting percentage while averaging 13.22 kills per set, second in NCAA Division III. Coyne doles out 10.52 assists per set which ranks fifth in the country. Coyne has logged three double-doubles on the season, averaging 1.82 digs per set while posting 0.55 blocks per set at the net.
Spicer, a native of St. Charles, paced the Stars' attack, averaging 3.37 kills per set. The junior hits at a .330 clip, committing just 85 errors on better than 575 attacks this season. Defensively, Spicer averages 1.38 digs per set and 0.78 blocks per set, placing him in the top 45 in the country. Spicer has logged double-digit kills in 15 of the Stars' 28 matches this season, including a season-high 24 kills as the Stars knocked off the then fourth-ranked Carthage College Red Men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to earn the Stars the right to host the MCVL Tournament. In the conference tournament, Spicer knocked down 4.43 kills per set, hitting at a 4.26 clip to claim Tournament MVP honors.
Coyne, Spicer and the rest of the sixth-ranked Stars have sat idle for over a week, earning a bye into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championships. The Stars will make history on Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET, taking on the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks in Dominican's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Tournament at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The winner will advance to the national semifinals on Saturday.