ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The NECC announced its 2017 Women's Volleyball All-Conference teams and major award winners on Tuesday morning. The awards were voted on by the conference's eight coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Newbury College Class of 2017 Graduate Courtney Banks is one step closer to being selected as the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year as she has secured the New England Collegiate Conference’s nomination for the award, as announced by the NECC Office on Thursday.
A 1-4 start would have any team normally panicking at what their season might hold, but not the case for the Nighthawks Women’s Volleyball Team. Many of those who started this season were a member of the 2015 team that started 1-6 and used that experience to turn the season around.
Four Nighthawks have been named to the New England Collegiate Conference All-Conference teams for their 2016 season. Senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) and junior Julia Leggett (Longview, Wash.) earned First Team honors while Kataya Sykes (Brockton, Mass.) was voted to the All-Conference Second Team.
Junior Julia Leggett (Longview, Wash.) has been awarded the New England Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award for the 2016 season. Leggett is the second player to be voted Defensive Player of the Year in program history; the first being Meghan McDermott, who won the award in 2013.
A 21 kill night from senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) was not enough for the Nighthawks as they fall in the NECC Women's Volleyball Semifinals to the Daniel Webster Eagles, 3-2, on Friday night at Mario Vagge Gym, ending the Nighthawks season.
It's a rematch of the only regular season loss suffered by Newbury as the Nighthawks (12-8, 7-1 NECC) travel to Nashua, N.H. to face the second-seeded Daniel Webster Eagles (21-7, 7-1 NECC) in the semifinals of the NECC Women's Volleyball Tournament.
Senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) had arguably her strongest match of the year, matching a season-high 22 kills, while hitting .583 with just one error, in the Nighthawks 3-0 victory over the Becker College Hawks in the Quarterfinals of the NECC Tournament at Pappas Gymnasium.
Sunday will yield a champion to the NECC Tournament but first the #3 Newbury Nighthawks will kick-off the 2016 NECC Playoffs against the #6 Becker Hawks. Newbury shared the regular-season championship with Daniel Webster and Regis (Mass.), but couldn't catch a break in the tiebreakers for the first round bye.
A three-way tie for the top seeds in the NECC playoffs that came down to Newbury College, Regis (Mass.), and Daniel Webster, was won by the Regis (Mass.) Pride, who earned the first seed through a series of tiebreakers. The Pride finished at 7-1 and look to repeat as NECC Champions.