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NEWMAC Announces 2018 Volleyball Postseason Awards

NEWMAC Announces 2018 Volleyball Postseason Awards

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 

Team Name Institution
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

Name Institution
Sabrina Lechner Babson College
Rachel Webb Clark University
Moira Brennen  Emerson College
Carly Staub MIT
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
Colleen Mullins WPI