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Four Members of Women's Volleyball Team Named NEWVA All-New England

Four Members of Women's Volleyball Team Named NEWVA All-New England Bristol, R.I. - November 11, 2010 - Four members of the Springfield College women's volleyball team were honored for their outstanding play this season as they were selected to the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) All-New England Teams. Setter Kelsea Hellyar was named to the first team, middle blockers Sarah Lang-Rodean and Lauren Torvi were selected to the second team, and Tessa Smolinski was tabbed as an all-rookie selection.

Twenty-eight players from 13 different institutions were represented on the NEWVA First, Second, Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Teams. Seven players were selected to each of the prestigious teams by a vote of all participating member head coaches following the nomination process.

Hellyar powered Springfield's offense to the fourth-highest hitting percentage in the country this season. Handing out 1,137 assists and averaging 10.73 per game, which ranks 16th highest in the country, Hellyar took home all-conference honors for the second time in her career. The Fairhaven, Mass. product has also recorded 180 digs and 33 service aces this year.

Lang-Rodean had a breakout senior season for Springfield as she became the fifth player in program history to be selected as the NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year. The Mansfield Center, Conn. native ranks first in the conference and 16th nationally in hitting percentage. Hitting at a .380 clip this year, Lang-Rodean has posted 308 kills to go along with 74 blocks.

Torvi earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career after a standout junior campaign. Ranking second in the conference in hitting percentage, Torvi was a stalwart at the net all year, leading the league in blocks per game. She has registered 280 kills, hitting .361, and 124 blocks. On a national scale, the North Smithfield, R.I. native ranks in the top 30 in both blocking and hitting percentage.

Smolinski made her impact felt all over the court in in her inaugural season in Blake Arena. The second team all-conference honoree was responsible for 255 kills heading into the NCAA Tournament as she ranked second on the team in attempts with 719. The Hebron, Conn. product also ranked second on the team in digs with 209.

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