LEXINGTON, KY. - Co-captain Raymond Cascio was named a First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Monday.
This year, the senior from Pittsburgh was a constant presence for the Banana Slugs. He leads the team in kills (a school-record 518) and service aces (28). He also became UCSC's all-time blocks leader and just the second player in program history with 1,000 kills.
He becomes the tenth individual player to earn First Team All-American honors since the AVCA began honoring Division III players in 2004. Cascio is the first Banana Slug All-American since Lake Merchen won his second First Team honor in 2017. Overall, UCSC has now earned 14 First-Team commendations in addition to 10 Second Team honorees, the fifth-most combined total among Division III schools.
Cascio played every point in every set of UCSC's two tournament wins in Kenosha this past weekend, helping UCSC qualify for the Final Four.
Cascio and this year's other All-Americans will be honored at Thursday's NCAA Championship Banquet in New Jersey, the day before UCSC's national semifinal matchup with Stevens Institute.