EVANS VOTED NECVA ROOIKE OF THE YEAR

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 25, 2011) – Seniors Brandt Grobeis and SteFan PremDas each took home first-team All-United Volleyball Conference accolades, while freshman David Evans picked up Rookie of the Year honors, as five Ducks earned all-league recognition in the UVC’s inaugural season.

Coming off a season in which he finished third in the nation in assists per game en route to second-team All-NECVA Metro Division laurels, Grobeis has been equally as impressive and efficient in this, his final season on the Hudson, ranking sixth nationally in assists per set. With 992 helpers on the year, the Livingston, N.J. native has averaged nearly 11 (10.78) assists per set, while recently becoming just the second player in program history to surpass the 4,000-assist plateau.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week for the week of January 31, Grobeis has registered at least 30 assists in all but two matches this season. The senior co-captain has also cracked the 40-helper mark on 13 occasions, while recording at least 50 assists in four contests, including a 50-assist, six-dig effort against perennial Division III powerhouse Juniata College.

One of the Ducks’ most consistent offensive threats, PremDas followed up his first-team All-NECVA Metro Division honor in 2010 with a first-team UVC selection as a senior. Ranking in the top-20 nationally in both hitting percentage and kills, the Hollywood, Fla. native currently ranks first on the squad in both categories.

PremDas has hit the double-digit kill mark 15 times this season, hammering home a season-high 22 kills in the team’s opener against Hunter College. With a pair of double-doubles to his credit, PremDas registered a season-best .565 hitting percentage against UVC rival SUNY New Paltz.

Ranking 26th nationally in hitting percentage, Landis, a second-team UVC selection, has proven to be a potent threat from the outside. Averaging 2.91 kills and 1.41 digs per set, while hitting .292, he has consistently become one of the Ducks’ top performers. He tallied at least 10 kills in 15 matches, burying a season-high 23 kills against conference foe Medaille College – the highest kill total for any Duck this season. The Sellersville, Pa. native also recorded a season-best .526 hitting percentage against Division I Rutgers-Newark.

A force in the middle, senior Timothy Karl has continued to blossom into one of the squad’s most reliable blockers. Coming off a season in which he finished sixth nationally in blocks per set en route to second-team All-NECVA Metro honors, Karl has continued to impress this season, garnering All-UVC honorable mention praise.

The Williamsville, N.Y. native currently ranks 22nd in the country in blocks per set, having appeared in 24 of the team’s 25 matches this season. The senior middle recorded a season-high six blocks on four occasions this year, twice against ranked opponents Rivier College and New York University, once against Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology and again against the Ducks’ UVC Championship first-round opponent Elmira College.

In his first full season in Cardinal and Gray, Evans has almost immediately made his presence felt, quickly becoming an important contributor in the Ducks’ efforts while earning UVC Rookie of the Year and honorable mention accolades. Averaging 1.70 kills and 1.33 digs per set in Stevens’ 25 matches, he tallied a season-high 17 kills against Baruch College, hitting .424. He also put up 25 kills in a pair of matches against league foe D’Youville College, while 12 spikes against nationally ranked Juniata.