BRONXVILE, N.Y. – Chris Chase is the third and final inductee 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.
Chase played for Penn State from 1986-1989 and was a four-time All-EIVA selection. Additionally, Chris was named to the AVCA First Team in 1986, 1987, and 1988 while being named to the AVCA Third Team during his senior year campaign in 1989.
The Nittany Lions would capture the EIVA Championship in 1986, 1987, and 1989 to advance to the NCAA National Championship. On all three occasions, Penn State would win the NCAA Third Place match as Chase would be named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team during those three seasons.
"Chris was the most dominant middle attacker and blocker in the nation," explained Tom Tait, former head coach at Penn State and a member of the Class of 2012 EIVA Hall of Fame. "His 6 foot-10 inch frame combined with his significant athletic abilities and competitive nature to make him a player who gave opposing coaches 'nightmares' trying to figure out how to defend against him. Chris was also a very effective server, using both a standing heavy topspin serve as well as an accurately-placed short floater," concluded Tait.
Chase left his mark in the record books at Penn State as he currently has the 10th-best hitting percentage in a single season by hitting .486 in 1988. Three more single season records would be added in 1989 as he currently has the fourth-best kills (683), sixth-most attacks (1,068), and the 12th-most blocks (137).
Following his collegiate career, Chris would sign with Leysin Nationaliga in Switzerland.