NEAC Announces 2016 Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

NEAC Announces 2016 Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2016 Women’s Volleyball All-Conference selections, with first, second and third team honors being awarded regardless of position to a total of 21 student-athletes, as selected by the conference coaches.

The NEAC has also announced its individual award winners for women’s volleyball, as also selected by the conference coaches.

 

Gallaudet University junior Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) was named the NEAC Player of the Year after an excellent season for the Bison.  Thomas started in all 33 Bison matches this season and currently leads the NEAC in kills (401), points (482.5) and points per set (4.4).  A Bison team captain, the outside hitter also ranks second in the conference in kills per set (3.68), fourth in service aces (69) and fifth in service aces per set (0.63), with her ace total also ranking in the top 10 across all of NCAA Division III.   Thomas, a three-time NEAC Player of the Week selection this season and also a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree, also landed on the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight season.

 

 

 

Thomas’ teammate, Gallaudet University freshman Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.), was chosen as the NEAC Rookie of the Year following a tremendous debut season for the Bison.  Daniels was a 33-match starter for the Bison and ranks third in the conference in points (439.5), fourth in kills (376), kills per set (3.45) and points per set (4.0), and sixth in hitting percentage (.229).  Daniels posted six double-doubles on the year while reaching double-digit kill totals on 22 separate occasions, including in the last nine Bison matches.  The versatile rookie also played at three different positions over the course of the season for the Bison, helping her also land on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. Daniels and Thomas also combined to help the six-time defending NEAC champion Bison clinch a spot in this weekend’s conference tournament with an 11-2 NEAC record.

 

 

Morrisville State College freshman Samantha Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) was dubbed the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year after also producing a standout rookie season for the Mustangs.  The defensive specialist recorded 508 digs and averaged 4.50 digs per set through 29 matches, which topped the NEAC leaderboard in both categories.  Wolf posted at least 10 defensive stops in 23 matches and registered 20-plus digs 13 times, while also contributing offensively with totals of 81 assists and 47 aces.  A two-time honoree as both the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North Region Defensive Player of the Week, Wolf helped guide the Mustangs to their first-ever NEAC Tournament behind an 11-2 conference record. 

 

 

 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute head coach Dan Liberto garnered the NEAC Coach of the Year honor for the second straight time after guiding the Wildcats to another outstanding season.  Liberto coached his Wildcats to their second straight NEAC regular season championship in just his third season at SUNY Poly. His squad finished 12-1 in the NEAC to claim the title en route to their second straight 20-win season (20-11) that included a schedule featuring four nationally ranked opponents.  Liberto’s squad also led all NEAC teams in per-set averages for kills (11.39), assists (10.57) and points (15.2).

 

 
 

Below are the 2016 NEAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Third Team selections:

#

Name

Institution

Year

Position

Hometown

First Team All-Conference

3

Darriyan Thomas

Gallaudet University

Jr.

OH

Vallejo, Calif.

 7

Ryenn Smith

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

OH

Lyons, N.Y.

12

Sam Amaro

Penn State Abington

Sr.

OH

Philadelphia, Pa.

42

Helena Hanes

Morrisville State College

So.

S

St. Mary’s, Pa.

5

Adele Daniels

Gallaudet University

Fr.

OH

Frederick, Md.

16

Alexis Horst

Penn State Berks

Fr.

OH

Terre Hill, Pa.

15

Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo

Wells College

Jr.

OH

Hilo, Hawaii

Second Team All-Conference

12

Sydney Johnson

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

So.

S

Nine Mile Falls, Wash.

8

Alyssa Bowen

Lancaster Bible College

Jr.

MH

Wesminster, Md.

22

Samantha Wolf

Morrisville State College

Fr.

DS

Liverpool, N.Y.

10

Emma Larson

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

RS

Miller Place, N.Y.

18

Megyan Merrill

Morrisville State College

Fr.

OH

Millport, N.Y.

14

Madison Wojciechowski

Penn State Berks

Fr.

LB

Blandon, Pa.

9

Jasmine Jeter

Gallaudet University

Jr.

S

Noblesville, Ind.

Third Team All-Conference

2

Alyssa Rex

Keuka College

So.

S

Phoenix, Ariz.

4

Jackie Allen

Wells College

Fr.

OH

Syracuse, N.Y.

25

Taylor Davis

Bryn Athyn College

Sr.

MH

Philadelphia, Pa.

5

Morgan Schwartz

Penn State Berks

Fr.

S

Sinking Spring, Pa.

6

Yasmin’Na Muhammad

College of Saint Elizabeth

Fr.

OH

Newark, N.J.

7

Camryn Skari

Gallaudet University

Fr.

OH

Federal Way, Wash.

10

Allison Shuey

Lancaster Bible College

Fr.

S

Lebanon, Pa.

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.