Puerto Rican Hernandez to be enshrined by EIVA
University Park, Pennsylvania, April 2, 2014 – Puerto Rican Ramon “Monchito” Hernández, currently a NORCECA Instructor working with the teams from the Eastern Caribbean, has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) in the United States.
Hernandez will be honored at the 2014 EIVA Championship match April 26th at the site of the highest seeded team.
"Ramon was certainly the best I've ever seen in the EIVA. He was one of the most clutch players not only in Penn State history, but in EIVA history too," head coach Mark Pavlik said.
Hernandez earned AVCA All-America honors in three consecutive seasons at Penn State, while also garnering four straight First Team All-East/All-EIVA honors from 1991-94.
While at Penn State, Hernandez also worked his way to the top of the record book, as he currently ranks among the top five in all three blocking categories in PSU history. His 107 solo blocks ranks first all-time, while his 390 block assists ranks fifth and his 497 total blocks ranks third.
He also ranks among the top five in the Nittany Lions career record book in both kills and digs. His 1,693 kills ranks third all-time while his 820 digs also ranks third.
Hernandez was also instrumental in helping Penn State capture its first NCAA national championship in program history. His team-high 38 kills on .444 hitting guided Penn State to a 3-2 comeback victory against UCLA in the national finals. He earned NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player honors for his standout performance.
Following graduation from Penn State, Hernandez represented Puerto Rico at the 2004 XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens, Greece with his beach volleyball partner Raul Papaleo Pérez.