White and Zimmick earned their first AVCA accolades of their career (photo courtesy Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's volleyball's DJ White and Caleb Zimmick have garnered American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention accolades, association officials announced last week.
The juniors guided the Crimson to a record setting season as Harvard finished 15-8 overall and 11-3 in EIVA action, good for second in the league. The 11 wins represent the most in program history and helped Harvard make its third straight EIVA tournament appearance in fourth under head coach Brian Baise. The pair, who was a part of a program-record five student-athletes honored by the conference with All-EIVA selections last week, led Harvard to its highest AVCA National Ranking at No. 13 Jan. 6.
White, who was selected to the All-EIVA first team for the third consecutive season, finished the year ranked nationally in kills per set with a team-best 3.37. The 6-5 outside hitter from Hermosa Beach, Calif., also turned in 0.22 aces per set, 1.74 dps, 0.43 bps with a .325 hitting clip. White led Harvard's attack in 12 matches this season including 26 kills at then-No. 13 Ball State March 16. The 26 tallies mark the most by a single player in the EIVA this season and by the Crimson since Nick Madden '14 scored 27 March 13, 2012 against Cal-Baptist.
Zimmick, an All-EIVA first team selection, recorded the seventh-best hitting percentage in the country (.434) and second in the conference and turned in the 1.10 bps, good for 15th in the nation. A Middlton, Wis., native, the middle blocker notched at least three blocks in 17 of Harvard's 23 matches this season, including a career-best 12 versus Concordia Feb. 25. Also against the Eagles, Zimmick added 13 kills to his 12-block effort to post his first career double-double.