Williams' Jasuta Earns Third Player of the Year Honor
HADLEY, Mass. – Williams senior Tori Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Year for the third time in her career as voted on by the league’s coaches. Jasuta was the 2013 and 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year, as well as the 2013 Rookie of the Year, and is the first volleyball player in league history to receive the honor three times. She leads the NESCAC with 369 kills, averaging a league-best 3.93 kills per set, the second-highest single-season total for her career. She also leads Williams in digs with 413 (a career-best 4.39 per set) and had 22 kills, 18 digs and two solo blocks against Bowdoin in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.
- Six players on the All-NESCAC First Team are repeat all-conference honorees, including three that earned All-NESCAC First Team honors for the second straight year.
- Senior Katie Doherty of Bowdoin has been voted the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in her career, becoming the first volleyball player in league history to accomplish the feat. Doherty leads all league players with 572 digs and 6.43 digs per set. She is also a threat behind the service line, as she ranks fourth in the conference with 42 service aces and 0.47 service aces per set. Doherty is a three-time All-NESCAC First Team selection and graduates as the school record-holder with 2,046 career digs.
- While Doherty runs the defense for the Polar Bears, teammate Quincy Leech sets up the offense. The senior setter leads the league in assists with 864, averaging 9.71 assists per set. Leech makes her second straight appearance on the All-NESCAC First Team and earns All-NESCAC accolades for the third time in her career, having been named to the All-NESCAC Second Team in 2014. Leech finishes her career with 3,206 assists, becoming just the second Polar Bear in school history to surpass the 3,000-assist plateau.
- The third Polar Bear to earn All-NESCAC honors this season is rookie Caroline Flaharty. She was selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Flaharty is the first Polar Bear to earn the Rookie of the Year honor. She ranks second in the conference in kills per set (3.62) and recorded 253 digs in her first season.
- Junior outside hitter Becca Raffel is one of four Panthers to earn All-NESCAC honors. Raffel did it all for NCAA-bound Middlebury this season. The 2014 NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year is fifth in the league with 285 kills and averages 3.06 kills per set while hitting .216. She has posted 269 digs en route to six double-doubles to go along with 23 service aces. Raffel registered 26 digs and 15 kills in the win over Tufts in the NESCAC Championship match.
- Tufts senior Elizabeth Ahrens earned All-NESCAC First Team honors for the first time in her career after being selected to the Second Team last year. She ranks second in the league with a hitting percentage of .313 to go along with 28 service aces. Ahrens has also contributed 188 kills and 74 total blocks for the Jumbos who will host an NCAA Regional this weekend.
- Amherst senior Maggie Danner garnered All-NESCAC First Team honors for the third time in her career, and is one of two players to earn All-NESCAC honors all four years. Danner leads the Purple & White offense this season, ranking fourth in the league in kills (308) and averaging 3.35 kills per set. She also collected 121 digs and posted a .222 hitting percentage.
- Bates senior Chandler McGrath is the lone newcomer to the All-NESCAC First Team. She ranks second in the league in kills (323), and third in kills per set (3.55). She recorded over 1,000 kills in her four years for the Bobcats and posted a career-high 24 kills against Middlebury in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.
- Cora Thompson of Tufts has been selected NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in three years and the fifth time in her 14 seasons at the helm of the Jumbos. Thompson guided Tufts to an unbeaten mark in NESCAC action (10-0) and an overall record of 24-3. The Jumbos earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will be making their seventh NCAA appearance under the direction of Thompson.
Volleyball All-Conference Teams