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Ilkson, Lively, and Dearing Continue To Rack Up Regional Honors

Aylene Ilkson, Heather Lively, and Joel Dearing Springfield, Mass. - November 14, 2008 - The trio of Aylene Ilkson, Heather Lively, and head coach Joel Dearing continued to rack up awards, this time on the regional scale on Wednesday evening.

Both Ilkson and Lively were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) New England All-Region Team, while Dearing was honored as the 2008 AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year.

Lively and Ilkson were also honored by the New England Women's Volleyball Association as it announced it's all-region teams as well yesterday. Lively, who was recently named the 2008 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, was chosen as the NEWVA New England Volleyball Player of the Year as only a sophomore. She was also chosen to the NEWVA All-New England First Team, while Ilkson picked up second-team honors.

Dearing has led his Springfield College team to a 32-4 record and a perfect 9-0 conference mark in 2008, with the squad heading to its first NCAA Division III Tournament since 2004. In his 20th year with the program, Dearing’s Pride captured the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship for the first time since 2004, en route to being named NEWMAC Coach of the Year. Springfield has also earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Division III New England regional, where it will meet Maine Maritime in first round action on Thursday. The Pride has currently won 18-consecutive matches and Springfield has turned in 15-consecutive seasons with 20-plus wins under Dearing’s leadership. With a record of 536-183 during his years at Springfield , Dearing also ranks in the top-10 in Division III history with a 669-297 career record in his 27 years of coaching women’s volleyball. This honor marks the third AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year award for Dearing, who previously earned the distinction in 1996 and 2003.

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