WESTWOOD, Mass. - After an outstanding New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) volleyball season, the league announced the 2018 Volleyball All-Conference and Postseason awards on Tuesday.
MIT outside hitter Abby Bertics was named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Earning All-Conference accolades for the third time in her career, Bertics led the conference in kills per set (4.97), kills (437), and ranked fifth in hitting percentage (.304), amassing 20 kills or more in a match eight times this season. Babson defensive specialist Abby Beecher was selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year. The senior finished first in the league in digs per set (4.40), second in digs (462) and tallied 20 digs or more in six matches this year.
Springfield setter Sara Labadorf was tabbed the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, after racking up 983 assists this season and 9.63 assists per set, which ranks third in the conference. Exceeding 45 assists in seven matches this season, the rookie is also tied for fifth in service aces with 49. For the third time in her career, Springfield Head Coach Moira Long was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, after leading the Pride to a 9-1 league record, to the top seed in the NEWMAC tournament and to earning an at-large bid in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
The NEWMAC Volleyball All-Conference Team consists of a first and second team that consists of seven selections which are voted on by the volleyball coaches from the conference. The 2018 honorees are listed below.
Also being recognized are the eleven volleyball student-athletes that were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season. The volleyball honorees are listed below.
Abby Bertics, MIT
Athlete of the Year
Abby Beecher, Babson
Defensive Athlete of the Year
Sara Labadorf, Springfield
Rookie of the Year
Moira Long, Springfield
Coach of the Year
2018 Volleyball All-Conference
|First Team All-Conference||Abby Bertics*||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Abby Beecher*||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Yasmine Reece||Wellesley College|
|First Team All-Conference||Elizabeth Cameron||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Jen Donnelly||Springfield College|
|First Team All-Conference||Allie Puccio||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Carly Silvernale||MIT|
|Second Team All-Conference||Sara Labadorf||Springfield College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Lauren Gedney||Wellesley College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Angelou Dunton||U.S Coast Guard Academy|
|Second Team All-Conference||Azita Bakhtyari||WPI|
|Second Team All-Conference||Becca Houghton||Wheaton College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Ana Patricia Mercado||Clark University|
|Second Team All-Conference||Michelle Li||Wellesley College|
2018 Volleyball All-Sportsmanship Team
|Sabrina Lechner||Babson College|
|Rachel Webb||Clark University|
|Moira Brennen||Emerson College|
|Sasha Simine||Mount Holyoke College|
|Helena Wiatrowski||Smith College|
|Kait Bonsignore||Springfield College|
|Mackenzie Everett||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Cayla Brown||Wellesley College|
|Claire Cansler||Wheaton College|