WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the Volleyball All-Conference and Postseason Awards on Tuesday afternoon. After helping lead the MIT Engineers to an impressive 2017 season, Abby Bertics has been named the Athlete of the Year. Leading the conference in digs and digs per set, Clark's Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) has been named the Defensive Player of the Year while Abby's teammate, Andie Maloney, the conference leader in assists per set has been named the Rookie of the Year.
For Clark, Quiban earned Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference honors while senior Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) earned a spot on First-Team All-Conference and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) was recognized on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Quiban led the Cougars and the NEWMAC in digs and digs per set with a total of 546 digs over her 2017 campaign. She also posted a team high 30 service aces. Ramos finished the season leading the NEWMAC in kills (449) and kills per set (4.58) to earn a spot on the All-Conference First Team.
Voted by the eleven volleyball coaches, MIT head coach, Paul Dill has been named the 2017 Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the Engineers to an undefeated regular season in conference play and the second consecutive NEWMAC crown.
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 2017 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.
2017 NEWMAC Volleyball All-Conference
|First Team All-Conference||Abby Bertics||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Rayme Quiban||Clark University|
|First Team All-Conference||Elizabeth Cameron||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Yasmine Reece||Wellesley College|
|First Team All-Conference||Alli Davanzo||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Marina Ramos||Clark University|
|First Team All-Conference||Andie Maloney||MIT|
|Second Team All-Conference||Becca Houghton||Wheaton College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Jen Donnelly||Springfield College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Allie Puccio||Babson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Lauren Gedney||Wellesley College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Bridget Boyle||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Second Team All-Conference||Angelou Dunton||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Second Team All-Conference||Lisette Tellez||MIT|
2017 NEWMAC Volleyball All-Sportsmanship Team
|Cameron Mercer||Wheaton College|
|Laura Townsend||Springfield College|
|Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado||Clark University|
|Xela Miller||Smith College|
|Isabell Linde||Mount Holyoke College|
|Makenna Martin||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Samantha Ostenso||Wellesley College|
|Kristin Carosotto||Babson College|
|Moira Brennen||Emerson College|