BSU Men's Volleyball BIO
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17 Alex Pia
2016: Earned second letter at Ball State ... named MIVA Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after tallying 12 total blocks in a pair of Ball State sweeps ... appeared in 105 sets for the Cardinals and started on 19 occasions ... led the Ball State squad by marking a career-best of 124 total blocks with a 1.18 blocks per set average ... also earned a career-high of 104 kills and 41 digs ... tallied a season-high of 11 kills in the 3-2 win over McKendree (Feb. 4), as well as a season-best of nine total blocks against UC Irvine (March 20) ... en route to a .349 season hitting percentage, Pia hit a perfect 1.000 on four kills against Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association foe Quincy on Feb. 25.
2015: Earned first letter at Ball State ... saw action in 16 matches, including four starts, as well as 32 sets overall ... earned 28 kills with a .346 attack percentage ... marked five aces on the season with a .974 percentage at the line ... earned 23 block assists for a .72 blocks per set average ... marked a season-best of four kills on two occasions, against UC-San Diego on Mar. 7 and Princeton on Mar. 18 ... posted a season-best of three aces in the UC-San Diego match as well ... tallied 10 total digs on the season, paired with 44.5 points overall.
 
2014: Played in seven matches during his freshman year seeing action in 12 sets ... registered a season-best four kills in matches against Mount Olive (Mar. 1) and King (Mar. 8) ... got under a season-best two digs in three matches ... collected a season-high four blocks against Mount Olive.

USA VOLLEYBALL: Selected to the 2012 and 2013 USA Volleyball Youth National Team ... team finished third at the NORCECA  and qualified for the World Games where it finished 16th ... selected to the 2012 USA Volleyball HP A2 Championships where his team took fifth in the International Division ... also participated in the USA Volleyball 2013 Holiday Camp. 

CLUB: Named to the 2013 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list along with classmate Brendan Surane ... played for the Southern Storm club team ... team captain for the 2013 season ... helped guide the team to a third place finish at the 2011 AAU Nationals ... team finished fifth at the Daytona Beach National qualifier ... earned ninth place at the Richmond East Coast qualifier ... team made it to nationals from 2010-2013 ... finished the 2013 club volleyball season playing for the Tampa Bay Invaders ... the Invaders took first place at the Richmond National Qualifier and third at the Puerto Rico Junior National Championships.

PERSONAL: Son of Ken and Deb Pia ... born Feb. 9, 1995 ... has two siblings, twins Erik and Jessica ... pursuing a marketing degree with a minor in Spanish ... is the first men's volleyball player from the state of Georgia to play at the Division I level.

Position: Middle Attacker
Height: 6'6"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Johns Creek, Ga.
High School: Johns Creek
Major: Marketing
Experience: 2 Letters
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