April 19 2016
Fourth-year talent Erik Griffin '16 was voted as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First-Team All-American, as announced by the national office on Monday, April 18. This is the first time in the programs six-year history to have a player earn back-to-back AVCA All-American honors.
Griffin, becoming the second player in the mens volleyball program's history to take home first-team honors, joins former teammate, Michael Vellutato '14, who earned the accolade in his senior year as well. However, Griffin exceeded Vellutato by becoming Elmira's first two-time AVCA All-American in program history, after earning second-team honors a season ago.
"He's one of the most hard working and talented players to come through our program. Erik is our first two-time All-American in school history, which really says something about his hard work on and off the court. I'm just really proud to have had him as part of this program."
-Stephen England, Mens Volleyball Head Coach
England shares his thoughts on Griffin joining Vellutato as the only two AVCA First-Team All-Americans in program history. "Both guys made everyone around them better. They are true leaders and the type of guys we want at Elmira College. Those two guys have put this program in the national spotlight year-in and year-out. I am really happy to have had the opportunity to coach both players."
Griffin capped his senior season with a conference-leading 405 kills, as well as a UVC-best 4.26 kills per set average, which ranks second in the nation. He ended the season on a 19-match double-digit kill streak, which included six 20-plus kill efforts, as well as a 32-kill performance against Cal Lutheran on February 20th. The 19 straight matches brought his career double-digit kill total to 85, making him Elmira's all-time leader in that statistical category.
He will most certainly go down in Elmira College history as one of the all-time greats, as his name can be found amongst the program leaders in several statistical categories. He is first in program history in kills (1,539) and kills per set (3.71), while he wrapped up his four-year career as the program's fourth all-time leader in aces (106), digs (669), and blocks (212).