FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday, February 10, 2017 Florida State Assistant Beach Volleyball Coach Raul Papaleo is having his number nine jersey retired at his alma mater, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW). Papaleo’s number will be retired after the second set of the Mastodons’ game against No. 11 Ball State.
Papaleo, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, competed in indoor volleyball for Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) while earning his degree in supervision. His IPFW team made back-to-back appearances in the Final Four (1991, 1992) as it captured the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) title in 1992. Papaleo was an integral part of the success at IPFW as he was named NCAA All-American (1992, 1993), 1992 MIVA Player of the Year, the school’s 1993 Athlete of the Year as well as earning a spot in the IPFW Hall of Fame in 2007.
In his four years at IPFW Papaleo played in 448 sets. He ended with 1,309 kills, 747 digs and 324 blocks during his career. During his 1992 MIVA Player of the year campaign he hit .340 with 490 kills (3.71 per set). As a freshman in 1990 he was a setter for the Mastodons as he recorded 1,146 assists during that season.
Papaleo’s number will be just the second jersey retired in Mastodon volleyball history next to number 10 and his fellow teammate Lloy Ball.
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