MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The NECC announced its 2018 Women's Volleyball All-Conference teams and major award winners on Monday afternoon. The awards were voted on by the conference's ten coaches following the conclusion of the regular season. Nine of the ten schools are represented on the all-conference teams, with Elms College leading the way with four selections, while Southern Vermont College is right behind with three, as well as three of the four major awards.
Southern Vermont outside hitter Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) was voted the 2018 NECC Player of the Year, while her teammate, defensive specialist Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.), was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Eastern Nazarene College setter Ruth Aguilar (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Southern Vermont head coach Pat Robidoux was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.
Sowles, Benitez, and Aguilar were all voted onto the first team, and are joined by outside hitter Courtney McCarthy (Merrimack, N.H) of Eastern Nazarene, setter Dakota Stewart (Victoria, Texas) of Elms and outside hitter Tihani Ehia (Kaneohe, Hawaii) of New England College.
The second team features three players from Elms, libero Kianna Lozada (Bayamon, P.R.), outside hitter Danielle Redding (Las Vegas, Nev.) and attack Ayanna Meadows (Springfield, Mass.). Bay Path University is represented by freshman Lydia Clifford (Coventry, R.I.), who is joined by fellow freshman Maile Counts (Vista, Calif.) of Lesley University. New England College's Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala.) rounds out the second team.
Becker College placed two on the third team, as middle blocker/outside hitter Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) and libero Joanna Bampi (Peabody, Mass.) were honored. Dean's Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) also represents her school on the third team. Lesley's Cassidy Wygonik (Madison, Conn.), Mitchell setter Cameron Childs (Gainesville, Fla.) and Southern Vermont's Meg Maddalena (Portola, Calif.) close out the third team.
First Team All-NECC
Ruth Aguilar, Eastern Nazarene (Fr., S/OH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
Courtney McCarthy, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., OH, Merrimack, N.H.)
Dakota Stewart, Elms (So., S, Victoria, Texas)
Tihani Ehia, New England College (Fr., OH, Kaneohe, Hawaii)
Heidy Benitez, Southern Vermont (Sr., DS/S, Tulare, Calif.)
Liv Sowles, Southern Vermont (Sr., OH/OPP, Sacramento, Calif.)
Second Team All-NECC
Lydia Clifford, Bay Path (Fr., M, Coventry, R.I)
Kianna Lozada, Elms (Fr., L, Bayamon, P.R.)
Danielle Redding, Elms (Sr., OH, Las Vegas, N.V.)
Ayanna Meadows, Elms (So. ATK, Springfield, Mass.)
Maile Counts, Lesley (Fr., S, Vista, Calif.)
Dreka Griffin, New England Col. (So., MH, Calera, Ala.)
Third Team All-NECC
Joanna Bampi, Becker (Fr., L, Peabody, Mass.)
Kayla Dupree, Becker (Sr., MB/OH, North Bergen, N.J.)
Kaitlyn Anderson, Dean (Jr. MB, Clinton, Conn.)
Cassidy Wygonik, Lesley (Jr., OH, Madison, Conn.)
Cameron Childs, Mitchell (Fr., S, Gainesville, Fla.)
Meg Maddalena, Southern Vermont (Jr., MB/OPP, Portola, Calif.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Lexi Cears, Bay Path (Sr., Agawam, Mass.)
Sofia Cullina, Becker (Jr., Deep River, Conn.)
Tara Griffith, Dean (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)
Samantha Caldwell, Eastern Nazarene (So., Quincy, Mass.)
Sabrina Christie, Elms (Fr., Agawam, Mass.)
Amy Dai, Lesley (So., Milton, Mass.)
Ariana Carter, Mitchell (Jr., Central Falls, R.I.)
Maggie Dadmun, New England College (Fr., Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
Sophia Ortiz, Newbury (Fr., Arlington, Tenn.)
Logan Wheeler, Southern Vermont (Fr., Red Bluff, Calif.)