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Werle named to EIVA All-East Second team

(Posted April 15, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College junior setter Matt Werle (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) All-East Second Team, when the squad was announced Monday night.

Werle was one of only three Division III players on the All-EIVA teams, which recognize the top 20 players in the 14-team conference across Division I, II, and III. He is claiming All-EIVA recognition for the second time in his career, after earning Second team All-EIVA honors last season.

Werle has 1,033 assists this season, and is ranked eighth in the EIVA with 11.35 assists per game. He also ranks second on the team in total digs with 147 (1.62 per game), and is third in total blocks with 70 (0.77 per game). He has 10 matches with at least 50 assists, including a season-high 60 assists in a 3-1 win over Mercyhurst College. Werle recorded three matches with double-digit dig totals, with a high of 13 digs in a victory over Springfield College. He also had 11 digs against both Stevens and NJIT.

The honor is the second of the season for Werle, who last week was named First team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Fifth-ranked Juniata is currently 10-14, 6-6 in the EIVA's Tait Division, and will host #8 New York University on Wednesday, April 16, in a EIVA Tournament First Round match.

The complete All-EIVA team is listed below:

2008 ALL-EIVA FIRST TEAM

Matt Anderson, PSU, JR, 6-10, OH
Hudson Bates, GMU, SR, 6-5, OH
Peter Eichler, Princeton, SR, 6-5, OH
RJ Goubeaux, GMU, SR, 6-9, MB
Kyle Gramit, GMU, JR, 6-5, OPP
Max Holt, PSU, JR, 6-9, MB
Max Lipsitz, PSU, SO, 6-7, MB
Luke Murray, PSU, SR, 6-0, S
Ryan Sweitzer, PSU, JR, 6-5, OPP
Dennis Del Valle, PSU, FR, 5-8, L

2008 ALL-EIVA SECOND TEAM

Amobi Armstrong, NJIT, JR, 6-1, OPP
Mark Burik, GMU, SR, 6-3, OH
Ryan Kwiatkowski, GMU, SO, 6-5, S
Nick Rivett, Saint Francis, SO, 6-4, OH
Andy Sipe, Springfield, SR, 6-8, MB
Jordan Varee, Saint Francis, SO, 6-3, OPP
Mike Vincent, Princeton, JR, 6-10, MB
Matt Werle, Juniata, JR, 6-5, S
Jon Wintermeyer, NYU, SR, 6-6, MB
Luke Maloney, GMU, SO, 6-1, L

Uvaldo Acosta Player of the Year: Matt Anderson, Penn State
Newcomer of the Year: Dennis Del Valle, Penn State
Coach of the Year: Fred Chao, George Mason

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