The All New England Seniors will be recognized at the Annual NEWVA Coaches meeting held Sunday, Nov. 14, at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. In addition, the honorees have the opportunity to participate in a seminar on Sunday, “The Wisdom of Volleyball: Lessons that move from the Court into Life,” led by motivational speaker and Tufts Volleyball Alum Tracy Carreiro.
Players were selected by a vote of all participating member head coaches following the nomination process. The full list of honorees represents 30 different institutions from NCAA Division III volleyball programs across New England and seven different conferences. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) boasts 16 players among the top 32, followed by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with seven. Four players from The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) earned the honor, three from the University Athletic Association (UAA) and one from both the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the Little East Conference.
Established nearly 25 years ago, the New England Women’s Volleyball Association is open to all collegiate institutions in New England sponsoring Division III women’s volleyball. Membership has grown to nearly 60 members in 2010, representing eight conferences.
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.
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.
In her final season at Springfield, Lively has registered a team-best 319 kills, averaging just under three kills per game. The Royalston, Mass. product had 19 matches this season where she recorded double-digit kills and added 45 blocks on the year.