Volleyball All-Conference Teams Announced

Colby's Cleaver Earns NESCAC Player of the Year

HADLEY, Mass. - Colby senior outside hitter Cait Cleaver (Kennett Square, Pa.) has been just one of the many driving forces behind the Mules successful 2005 campaign, and for her efforts she was recognized as the 2005 NESCAC Player of the Year by the conference coaches. Cleaver and company ran the table in the NESCAC this season, posting an unblemished 10-0 record along with capturing the 2005 NESCAC Volleyball Championship, the first-ever for the Mules.

Cleaver, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2002, also earned a spot on the NESCAC All-Conference First Team for the second time in her career. She received First Team accolades in 2003, and previously had been named to the All-Conference Second Team in 2002 and 2004. In her final season with the Mules, Cleaver currently averages 3.80 kills per game, ranking her third in the conference, along with a hitting percentage of .286. Joining Cleaver on the NESCAC All-Conference First Team is senior middle blocker Kaitlin Adams (Athol, Mass.). Adams, a Second Team selection a year prior, leads the NESCAC this season in hitting percentage (.386) and ranks among the leaders in the NESCAC in kills (2.93 PG, 12th) and blocks (0.91 PG, 8th).

The six-member All-Conference First Team was also comprised of two players each from both Tufts and Williams. The Jumbos were represented on the First Team by seniors Courtney Evans (Bellaire, Texas) and April Gerry (Holmes, N.Y.). Evans, a Second Team member in 2004, is currently second in the NESCAC in blocks per game with 1.14, while Gerry ranks among the top 10 in hitting percentage in the NESCAC (.269, 8th). For the Ephs, senior outside hitter Annie Denison (Portland, Ore.) earned All-Conference First Team honors for the second-straight year, leading the league in kills per game (4.95) and ranking fifth in hitting percentage (.300) this year. Junior setter Alexis Knepp (Austin, Texas) joined Denison from Williams on the First Team, as Knepp chipped in 10.81 assists per game on average for the Ephs, good for third among NESCAC setters.

Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Colby’s Kendall Kirby (Piedmont, Calif.). The junior libero leads the NESCAC this season in digs, averaging 5.24 per game. Among a bountiful crop of freshman candidates in the NESCAC this season, Connecticut College’s Caitlin Tomaska (Solano Beach, Calif.) was the choice among the conference coaches as NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Tomaska is among the league leaders in multiple categories, including kills (3.72 PG, 4th) and service aces (0.62 PG, 5th), and was also named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Colby head coach Candice Parent earned Coach of the Year in the NESCAC as decided by her peers. Parent guided the Mules to a 10-0 finish in the NESCAC this season and a 34-3 record overall, the most wins in program history. She last earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2002.

2005 NESCAC Volleyball All-Conference

First Team School Yr. Pos Hometown
Kaitlin Adams Colby Sr. MB Athol, Mass.
Caitlin Cleaver Colby Sr. OH Kennett Square, Pa.
Annie Denison Williams Sr. OH Portland, Ore.
Courtney Evans Tufts Sr. MB Bellaire, Texas
April Gerry Tufts Sr. MH Holmes, N.Y.
Alexis Knepp Williams Jr. S Austin, Texas
Second Team School Yr. Pos Hometown  
Caitlin Dealy Tufts Fy. OH Santa Barbara, Calif.
Jaclyn DeMais Amherst So. OH Hillsdale, N.J.
Lisa Drennan Wesleyan  Fr. OH Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kristin Quinn Amherst Jr. MH Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Caitlin  Tomaska Connecticut College  
Fy. OH Solana Beach, Calif.
Jamie Wong Middlebury Sr. L San Francisco, Calif.
Player of the Year        
Caitlin Cleaver
Colby Sr. OH Athol, Mass.
Defensive Player of the Year        
Kendall Kirby Colby Jr. L Piedmont, Calif.
Rookie of the Year        
Caitlin Tomaska Connecticut College Fy. OH Solana Beach, Calif.
Coach of the Year        
Candice Parent