MILWAUKEE – Seniors Jon Smallpage and Cullen Liberski of Marian University men’s volleyball have been named first team All-NACC with Liberski also being named the Defensive Player of the Year announced the league office Wednesday.
Liberski (Germantown, Wis.) earns his second Defensive Player of the Year award after being named the MCVL Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. Liberski led not only the NACC but the entire nation in digs per set during the regular season finishing with 4.02 digs per set and 346 total digs. He closes out an incredible career that saw him set an NCAA Division III all-time record for digs with 1,316, and is set to become the NCAA Division III all-time leader for digs per set with 3.53 at the conclusion of the season. Liberski posted 20 double-digit dig performances this season with five of those matches seeing him record 20 or more digs. A 27-dig performance against then-ranked No. 9 Benedictine proved to be his season-high in a four-set loss for the Sabres. This is the third time Liberski has been named all-conference in his career but the first time he has been named to the first team.
Smallpage (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) earns his second straight first team selection after leading the NACC in kills and points during the regular season. He was one of only two players in the NACC to record more than 4.0 points per set finishing with a 4.5 points per set average and was also one of only six players in the NACC to finish with more than 3.00 kills per set finishing the regular season with 3.78 kills per set. From the service line, he was also able to rank fifth in the conference with 31 aces. Smallpage had 18 performances with double-digit kills including the final 11 matches of the regular season. He was able to produce a season-high 27 kills against then-ranked No. 5 SUNY New Paltz in the season opener for Marian along with recording three double-doubles on the year. Smallpage closes out his career with 1,324 kills having never recorded less than 300 kills in a single season. He also recorded a total of 1,591.0 points in his career for a 4.3 points per set average with 248 total blocks and 115 service aces.
The full release and all-conference lists from the NACC can be found at http://naccsports.org/sports/mvball/2018-19/releases/201904102l3vqx.