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Torvi Named NEWVA Player of the Year; Four Others Earn Regional Honors

Lauren Torvi Springfield, Mass. - November 22, 2011 - Springfield College senior Lauren Torvi was honored as the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year, while teammates Tessa Smolinski and Molly Giattannasio earned All-Region honors. In addition, Torvi and classmates Itza Nieves and Kim Giaquinto were selected to play in the 2011 NEWVA Senior Classic.

Torvi has racked up the postseason honors as she also named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year and earned AVCA First Team All America honors. After leading Springfield to a 34-3 record this season, Torvi totaled 539 kills at a .380 clip to go along with 155 blocks.

Smolinski took home NEWVA First Team All-Region honors after a standout sophomore season. Previously earning Honorable Mention All-America and NEWMAC All-Conference First Team honors, Smolinski finished the year with 439 kills and 333 digs. She was especially dominant in post-season play as she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Division III Regional Championship.

In her first season at Springfield, Giattannasio was one of seven first-year players to make up the All-Rookie squad. Appearing in all 37 of the Pride's matches, she totaled 789 assists, averaging 7.66 per set. She also added 177 digs, 46 blocks, and 32 aces while helping run Springfield's offense that hit .253 on the year.

Torvi, Nieves, and Giaquinto were among New England’s top 33 Division III senior volleyball players and will compete in the 2011 NEWVA Senior Classic, Sunday, Dec. 4, at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

The annual event features the area’s top seniors competing in various skills competitions beginning at 10:00 a.m. leading up to the afternoon’s all-star match beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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