BRONXVILE, N.Y. – Chris Fazio is the first of three inductees to be showcased on EIVAVolleyball.com as we look back at the careers of all three of the 2017 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame members.
Fazio played for Juniata College between 1994 and 1997 and was one of the top players in the history of the program for the Eagles. He finished his career with 418 blocks which is currently second on the all-time list at Juniata and his 1,634 kills rank third all-time.
Chris was named a 1995 All-EIVA Second Team selection and in 1996 and 1997 was named to the All-EIVA First Team. His play gained national attention by earning Volleyball Magazine's Small School/Division III All-America honors in 1995, 1996, and 1997. In his senior year Fazio would earn the Volleyball Magazine's National Player of the Year selection in Division III.
"Chris was a remarkable and transformative player," stated Larry Bock, former Juniata head coach and the current women's volleyball coach at the United States Naval Academy. "Men's volleyball was relatively new at Juniata when Chris arrived and he truly put that program on his shoulders for four years. His importance in terms of program legitimacy and team quality was still being felt during Juniata's ensuing decade of successful EIVA and national competition," concluded Bock.
Fazio was named to the EIVA Division III All-Tournament Team and the Molten Division III All-Tournament team during his career with the Eagles. Chris was a three-time Juniata Most Valuable Player selection for the men's volleyball program. Juniata won the EIVA Division III Championship in 1994 and was runner-up in 1996. In 1997 the program finished third in the Molten Division III National Championship which was hosted by Juniata.
Following his career with the Eagles, Fazio played professionally in Austria in 1999 and 2000. Chris was inducted into the Juniata Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 where he is one of four members from the men's volleyball program to be recognized. Additionally, Fazio was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the North Allegheny High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.