MANSFIELD, Mass. – Elms junior outside hitter Jeremy Torres (Juncos, P.R.) and Endicott senior outside hitter Bryn Lipton (Rockford, Ill.) have been named to the 2020 Off the Block Division III Preseason All-America Team, as announced by the organization.
Torres is the reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Year. In his sophomore campaign, he helped lead the Blazers to a 27-4 overall record while going 13-1 in NECC play and also reaching a program high at No. 7 in the AVCA National Poll. The outside hitter led the league in total kills (362) and kills per set (3.62), while also owning a .299 hitting percentage.
Torres’ 3.62 kills per set put him at 15th nationally in NCAA Division III.
As for Lipton, the outside hitter guided Endicott to a 26-7 overall record and 13-1 mark in conference play last season en route to capturing the NECC Championship over Elms, 3-1, on the road. The Gulls also advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round and ranked as high as seventh nationally.
Individually, Lipton's 2019 campaign included the following stats: 3.39 kills per set (305 total), a .322 hitting percentage, 0.49 service aces (44 total), 1.64 digs (148 total), 0.40 blocks (seven solo, 29 assisted) and 370.5 points (4.1 per set) in 27 matches played.
Meanwhile, nationally, among all NCAA Division III student-athletes, Lipton ranked No. 26 in aces per set, No. 35 in hitting percentage, No. 28 in kills per set, and No. 19 in points per set. His play has also aided Endicott to a No. 1 ranking in hitting percentage (.319) and No. 6 position in aces per set (2.27).
The Off the Block annual preseason honor recognizes NCAA Division III men's volleyball student-athletes who are projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season.
A 16-member voting committee for this preseason honor was comprised of Division III men's volleyball head coaches from around the nation. The top 15 vote-getters from the committee's ballots earned a spot on the Preseason All-American Team, while six others were tabbed to the Honorable Mention Team.
This is the fifth season that Off the Block has presented its Division III Preseason All-America and Honorable Mention Teams. Off the Block is the only volleyball organization to present men's volleyball Preseason All-American Teams.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)