Men's Volleyball Lands Four All-Conference Honorees; Donahue Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Men's Volleyball Lands Four All-Conference Honorees; Donahue Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Mount Olive, N.C.---Junior Josh Donahue has been named 2017 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year as the University of  Mount Olive men's volleyball team earned four Conference Carolinas All-Conference honors in a vote by the league's coaches, it was announced at Friday's Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Tournament banquet in Wilson, N.C.

Donahue and fellow junior Robert Poole were named first-team All-Conference Carolinas, while junior Bret Rutledge earned second-team all-conference honors, and senior Alex Palmatier and junior Jeff Yasalonis were named third team all-conference.

A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Donahue earns defensive player of the year and first-team all-conference honors, the second all-conference award of his career. Donahue averaged 2.73 digs per set during the regular season as UMO went 16-9 on the season and earned the No. 3 seed in the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Tournament. Donahue has rewritten UMO's men's volleyball record book, holding the single game, single season, and career records for most digs. This season, Donahue is third in the nation in digs per set.

Joining Donahue on the all-conference first team, Poole earns all-conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career. The Enfield, England native leads the Trojans with 290 kills on the year and a 3.45 kills per set average. Poole broke the program's single-season record for service aces and currently sits with 52 on the year. Nationally, Poole ranks third in aces per set, 15th in points per set, and 16th in kills per set.

Rutledge earns his second all-conference honor of his career after being named third-team all-Conference Carolinas in 2015. A native of Orlando, Florida, Rutledge sits second on the team in kills with 221 and kills per set with 2.73. Rutledge ranks 15th nationally in aces per set with 0.40 per set on the season.

A native of Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania, Palmatier captures his first all-conference honor. Palmatier has amassed 153 kills with a team-best .399 hitting percentage, adding a team-high 73 blocks in 2017.

Yasalonis becomes the third Trojan this year to earn their first all-conference award. The Yardley, Pennsylvania native leads UMO with 696 assists and 9.41 assists per set, chipping in 127 digs. Yasalonis ranks 18th nationally in assists per set.

The Trojans' are one of three teams with five all-Conference Carolinas selections, joining King University and Barton College.

Third-seeded UMO continues its pursuit for a tournament title at the 2017 Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Tournament this evening at 5 p.m. with a matchup with second-seeded King University in Wilson, N.C.