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Torvi, Nieves, and Smolinski Named to AVCA All-Region Team

Torvi, Nieves, and Smolinski Named to AVCA All-Region Team Lexington, Ky. - November 10, 2011 - Three members of the Springfield College women's volleyball team were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III New England All-Region Team on Thursday. Lauren Torvi, Tessa Smolinski and Itza Nieves were among the 14 student-athletes chosen as the best in the region.

Both Springfield College and its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wellesley were the only two teams in New England to land three honorees. With their All-Region selections, all will now be put forth to be considered for AVCA All-America status.

The trio has been instrumental in the Pride's historic season, as it currently stands at 31-2 and is the top seed in this weekend NCAA Women's Volleyball Regional Championship.

Last week, 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, a NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection, continued to be a dominant force at outside hitter in her sophomore season. The Hebron, Conn. native ranked fourth in the NEWMAC with 375 total kills, hitting .268. She has also racked up 292 kills, 30 blocks, and 25 aces.

Nieves earned all-conference and all-region 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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