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Long and Torvi Headline NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Yearly Honors

Long and Torvi Headline NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Yearly Honors Babson Park, Mass. – November 7, 2011 – The Springfield College women’s volleyball team landed four players on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Volleyball All-Conference teams, which was announced on Monday. Head coach Moira Long was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while senior Lauren Torvi earned NEWMAC Player of the Year honors.

Torvi was named to the all-conference first team along with teammate Tessa Smolinski. Kim Giaquinto and Itza Nieves were selected to the all-conference second team.

In her first season at the helm, Coach Long has guided the Pride to a 31-2 record and an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship. The team will face Westfield State in the first round of the Regional Championship, which is hosted by Springfield College.

Torvi became the sixth player in program history to be named the NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year. The North Smithfield, R.I. native had a dominant senior season as she ranks first in the conference in hitting percentage at .384. She also leads the conference with 479 kills and 138 blocks.

Smolinski earned her second straight all-conference selection, moving up to the first team this season after garnering second-team honors as a freshman last year. The native of Hebron, Conn. continued to be a dominant force at outside hitter as she ranked fourth in the NEWMAC with 375 total kills, hitting .268. She has also racked up 292 kills, 30 blocks, and 25 aces.

For Giaquinto, it was her second consecutive selection to the all-conference second team. The senior from Massapequa, N.Y. has recorded 221 kills, 144 digs, 83 blocks. and 33 aces in her final season as the Pride's tri-captain.

Nieves earned all-conference recognition for the first time in her career after a breakout senior campaign. The Veja Baja, Puerto Rico product stepped in as the Pride's libero as has been outstanding, racking up a team-best 480 digs, averaging 4.21 per set.

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