MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mitchell College freshman Olivia DeLoach was one of 12 players who received all-conference recognition from the New England Collegiate Conference on Monday afternoon as the league announced its annual awards.
DeLoach landed a spot on the all-conference second team, becoming just the second Mitchell rookie earn all-conference honors. Junior Laurissa Amaker also represented the Mariners as a selection to the Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team. All awards are determined by a vote of the conference's head coaches.
DeLoach played in 22 matches and made 15 starts in the regular season while averaging a team-high 2.49 kills per set. In league action that number jumped to 3.00, and she ranks among the conference leaders in both kills per set (8th) and digs per set (11th). A well-rounded player who hardly leaves the court, she also ranks second on the Mariners in digs (218) and third in service aces (40).
Amaker, a team co-captain, played in 20 matches during the regular season and recorded 47 kills and 38 digs.
Mitchell (13-11 overall, 4-3 NECC) will next host fifth-seeded Becker College in the first round of the NECC Championship on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
2019 NECC Women's Volleyball Awards
NECC Player of the Year – Ruth Aguilar, Eastern Nazarene (So., S, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
NECC Defensive Player of the Year – Kianna Lozada, Elms College (So., L, Bayamon, P.R.)
NECC Rookie of the Year – Natalia Caraballo, Elms College (Fr., OH/MH, Arlington, Texas)
NECC Coach of the Year – Kirsten Morrison, New England College
First Team All-NECC
Ruth Aguilar, Eastern Nazarene (So., S, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
Courtney McCarthy, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., OH, Merrimack, N.H.)
Natalia Caraballo, Elms (Fr., OH/MH, Arlington, Texas
Dakota Stewart, Elms (Jr., S, Victoria, Texas)
Tihani Ehia, New England Col. (So., OH, Kaneohe, Hawaii)
Shirita Wimberly, New England Col. (Fr., OH, Waipahu, Hawaii)
Second Team All-NECC
Joanna Bampi, Becker (So., L, Peabody, Mass.)
Halle Julian, Eastern Nazarene (So., MH, Whitman, Mass.)
Rebecca Thorne, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., OH, Quincy, Mass.)
Kianna Lozada, Elms (So., L, Bayamon, P.R.)
Olivia DeLoach, Mitchell (Fr., DS, Spring Hill, Fla.)
Jaycie Kodama, New England Col. (Fr., DS, Pauoa Valley, Hawaii)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Khalia Albury, Bay Path (Sr., Springfield, Mass.)
Olivia McGuiness, Becker (Sr., Colchester, Conn.)
Ashley Ribeiro, Dean (Fr., Central Falls, R.I.)
Gabrielle DiCamillo, Eastern Nazarene (So., Eighty-Four, Pa.)
Elese Ciarcia, Elms (So., Glastonbury, Conn.)
Cenera Davis, Lesley (Fr., Jersey City, N.J.)
Laurissa Amaker, Mitchell (Jr., North Haven, Conn.)
Maggie Dadmun, New England College (So., Cape Elizabeth, Maine)