UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Redshirt senior men’s volleyball player Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) was named a second team AVCA All-American, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Thursday (April 26). This is Sunder’s second career award and brings Penn State’s total number of All-Americans to 79 since 1971.
Sunder, a 2011 first-team AVCA All-American, Sunder leads the Nittany Lions in kills (297) and kills per set (3.49). He is second on the team in aces (27), aces per set (0.32), digs (153) and digs per set (1.80). A two-time Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year, Sunder’s kills per set rank fifth in the league and 20th nationally, while his .333 hitting percentage is eighth in the EIVA and 11th in the country. In addition, Sunder’s aces per set are sixth in the conference and 17th in the nation, while his digs per set average is 10th in the EIVA and ranked in the top 50 nationally.
A four-time All-EIVA selection, having earned second team laurels in 2009 and 2010 and first team honors for the past two seasons, Sunder has etched his named in the Penn State record books. He ranks fifth in both kills (1,442) and aces (105). He has also been selected as the EIVA Player of the Week on six occasions.