Springfield, Mass. - July 21, 2017 - Springfield College's Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) of the national champion men's volleyball program finished eighth among student-athletes across the nation in the fourth annual NCAA Elite 90 Fan Favorite Contest.
The two-week initiative was meant to celebrate student-athletes that have achieved both in the classroom and in their sport. The Elite 90 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.
The Finance and Accounting major at Springfield, Jasuta earned a cumulative 3.96 grade-point average and played a major role in Springfield College capturing its 10th men's volleyball national title, including its fourth NCAA Division III Champinship in the past six seasons. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team All-America selection hit .537 out of the middle while totaling 129 kills, aiding Springfield to a .414 team hitting percentage, which proved to be the highest team hitting percentage in the history of Division III men's volleyball. Jasuta also posted 59 blocks and keyed a Pride defense that led the country in opponent's hitting percentage (.117). It proved to be the first time in college men's volleyball that a team led the county in both hitting percentage and opponents hitting percentage.
With nearly 8,000 votes cast in the four-day opening round, Jasuta was 11th out of 90 competitors, before garnering the 10th most votes of the 9,000 were cast among the 31 semifinalists. In the finals, Jasuta collected the eighth most votes of the 10 finalists, five of which competed at the NCAA Division III level. He is the fourth Springfield College student-athlete garnered the prestigious academic accolade as Tim Vollaro was the recipient at the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, while Tessa Smolinski earned the award in 2011 when she helped lead the women's volleyball program to the Elite Eight in St. Louis. Most recently, Jon Zirna was the recipient at the 2015 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship.