|Previous School:||Elder HS|
As a sophomore (2012): All-Conference Carolinas Second Team…Played in 21 matches, including 19 starts…Second on the team in kills (191), kills per set (2.65), service aces (16), and digs per set (1.56)…Third in blocks per set (0.74)…Posted at least 10 kills on 10 occasions…Nearly tallied a double-double with 12 kills and nine digs against Lindenwood (Jan. 21)…Season-high six blocks at Sacred Heart (Jan. 29)…Recorded at least 10 kills in four straight matches (Feb. 17 – Mar. 3)…Three consecutive 15-kill performances against Pfeiffer (Feb. 18), King (Feb. 23), and Mount Olive (Mar. 3)…Posted 14 kills against NJIT (Mar. 16)…Season-high 11 digs at Pfeiffer (Mar. 31)…Tallied 11 kills and eight digs at Limestone (Apr. 3)…Recorded 14 kills against King (Apr. 4).
As a freshman (2011): Played and started in 24 matches…Led the team with 63 blocks and 22 service aces…Second with 140 kills, averaging 1.73 per set…Recorded at least seven kills on 12 occasions…Back-to-back performances with eight kills and a .412 hitting percentage against Lancaster Bible (Jan. 21) and City College of New York (Jan. 22)…Seven kills on nine swings (.778 hitting percentage) against King (Feb. 8)…Posted seven kills and a season-high six blocks against No. 11 Penn State (Feb. 19)…Notched seven kills on eight swings (.875 hitting percentage) against Philadelphia Biblical (Mar. 14)…Tallied a season-high 11 kills against Mount Olive (Apr. 2) to go along with a .476 hitting percentage…Posted nine kills against King (Apr. 5).
High School: Graduated from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio…Coached by Sean Tierney…Member of state championship team in 2008 and 2010…Second-team all-state in 2010…Played club volleyball for Cincy Classics…Coached by Sandy Grannen.
Personal: Born on July 10, 1991 in Cincinnati, Ohio…Son of John and Elaine Lucas…Has one brother, Mark, and one sister, Annie…Mark attends Thomas More College for basketball, while sister Annie attends Northern Kentucky University for volleyball… Majoring in graphic communication with a minor in education…Plans to travel and pursue a career in advertising after graduation.
More about John: Favorite book: “Killer Angles”…Favorite midnight snack: Cheez-its…Favorite movies: The “Rocky” series, “Top Gun”, “The Avengers”, “Anchorman”…Favorite musical artists: Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, and Van Halen…Favorite song: “Far From Home” by Five Finger Death Punch…Favorite sports teams: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds…Favorite athlete: Former Boston Celtic Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds…John can’t imagine a week without: Sam Sheers…John’s most memorable moment in sports: Winning state championship his senior year…John’s advice to kids: “Trial and error is a great way to learn”…Favorite color: Green…Favorite foods: Steak and eggs…Favorite sports other than volleyball: All sports…People John most admires: His grandfather, father and brother…Best advice John has ever been given: “We’re the best team” by his grandfather, Doc Richter…The toughest player John has ever played against: His brother, Mark…What people don’t know about John: He sings loud and poorly in his car…When John was a kid, he tried to be like: His brother...When people first meet John, they think: “Did we just become best friends?”.