The 2018 season for the Continental Volleyball Conference continued to cement its reputation as one the premier men's volleyball leagues in NCAA Division III. There were numerous victories over ranked opponents, a new member capturing the conference title, and several records being broken. Below are our top five stories from the 2018 CVC season.
Several players from the Continental Volleyball Conference had the chance to represent NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball this summer while playing in Brazil. Three different schools were represented from the conference with players participating including Dylan Flor, R. J. Ocampo, Quinn Peterson, Jared Warner, Michael Young, and Steven Zarzycki. In addition, Juniata College head coach Glenn DeHaven coached the USA Division III Men's Team on the trip.
The 2018 summer will be an unforgettable one for Marymount University men's volleyball senior Alex Tresser, traveling to São Paulo, Brazil from July 20 to July 29 to compete in the FISU America Games with the USA Team in men's volleyball.
A total of 65 student-athletes were named to the 2018 Continental Volleyball Conference All-Academic team. That marks the second most players to earn the honor in a single season, trailing only the 74 during the 2014 year.
For the second time in program history, the Kean University men's volleyball team clawed their way to the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Tournament, by surpassing the St. Joseph's College-Long Island, 3-1.
Kean University extended their winning streak to 27 matches, cruising to the 2018 Continental Volleyball Conference Championship. The Cougars secured the title against the last team to defeat them, Marymount University.
For the second straight year, EMU's volleyball men have opened the CVC Tournament with a bang, earning a gritty upset on an opponent's home court. Tuesday night, it was a five-set win over rival Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.
The Rutgers University-Newark men's volleyball team advanced to the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) Tournament semifinals with a 3-1 win over Ramapo College Tuesday night in The Golden Dome. The set scores were 27-25, 19-25, 25-18, 26-24.
Marymount University and Southern Virginia University each moved up one spot and Rutgers University-Newark made an appearance in the receiving votes section of the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll while Kean University held their spot from last week.
Quinn Peterson, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev., picks up his second conference weekly award this season after helping the Eagles to a perfect 3-0 record last week. Peterson, an outside hitter, was efficient in all three matches while totaling 44 kills. He hit .554 on the week, committing just eight errors on 65 swings. Peterson had a high of 19 kills in a win over St. John Fisher, adding six digs and five aces. He led his team in not just kills in their win over Penn State-Behrend but also tallied a team high 10 digs. On the week Peterson averaged 5.5 points per set and added 1.8 digs per set while recording six total blocks.
Each week this season we will follow one Continental Volleyball Conference team as they head out on the road. Our final road trip in 2018 is with Juniata College senior middle blocker Mahlon Bender. Mahlon talked us through a three-match non-conference road trip last weekend that saw the Eagles tally three wins.
The trio of Kean University, Marymount University, and Southern Virginia University remain in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll; marking the only representatives from the Continental Volleyball Conference.
Sam Safley, a sophomore from Santa Clarita, Calif., continued his recent strong play by helping the Saints to a pair of conference wins last week, securing the top seed in the West Division for the upcoming conference tournament. Safley put down 18 kills in a sweep of Ramapo, adding seven digs and two block assists. He followed with 16 kills, hitting .560, in a sweep of Rutgers-Newark while adding three aces. On the week Safley hit .519 with 34 kills and just six errors on 54 swings; averaging 5.7 kills and 6.7 points per set.
Kean University and Marymount University remain near the top of the American Volleyball Coaches Association DIII Men's Volleyball Coaches Poll with Kean coming in at #4 and Marymount at #6 in this week's rankings.
For the second straight week, Rutgers-Newark senior Corey Pieper is the CVC Player of the Week. Pieper guided the Scarlet Raiders to a 2-0 record on the week including a conference win. Pieper pounded out 23 kills in a five-set win over conference foe Eastern Mennonite, marking his third straight 20 kill match. Pieper also added 15 digs in the match, a season-high, and three block assists. He closed out the week with 12 kills in a sweep of Mt. St. Vincent, adding five digs. On the week Pieper averaged 4.4 kills and 2.5 digs per set while hitting .281 and totaling 38 points in the two matches.