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From left: Garrett Delph, Jesse Reist, Travis Riesen and Joseph Spriggs were each honored for their academic work by the Continental Volleyball Conference.

Volleyball Men Earn CVC Academic Honors

Four men from the EMU men’s volleyball team have been named to the 2013 CVC Academic All-Conference. A total of 28 student-athletes from six of the Continental Volleyball Conference’s teams earned recognition. The Royals had three players named to the team in 2012.

In order to attain Academic All-Conference a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or above.

Senior Travis Riesen (Hillsboro, KS/Hillsboro) leads the way as a two-time honoree on the Academic All-Conference Team, as he also earned the award last year. Riesen was Eastern Mennonite’s libero and was second on the team with 2.09 digs per game.

After earning a starting role as a freshman, Jesse Reist (Lancaster, PA/JP McCaskey East) adds the academic award to his fine rookie season. Reist was second on the team with 2.48 kills per game and had a .233 attack percentage. He was also third in digs at 1.56.

Reserve middle hitters Joseph Spriggs (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) and Garrett Delph (Berryville, VA/Leesburg Christian) rounded out EMU’s members on the academic team. Spriggs played in nearly half of the Royals’ contests, averaging 1.54 kills and a team-high 1.18 blocks. Delph played in five matches and averaged 0.55 kills and 0.45 service aces.

Eastern Mennonite finished the 2013 season with a record of 14-13, including 2-6 in the CVC. It was their first winning record since 2008.