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Torvi Named AVCA Division III First Team All-America; Nieves and Smolinski Earn Honorable Mention Honors

Torvi Named AVCA Division III First Team All-America; Nieves and Smolinski Earn Honorable Mention Honors Lexington, Ky. - November 15, 2011 - For the first time in program history, the Springfield College women's volleyball team had three student-athletes named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-America teams. Senior Lauren Torvi was named a First-Team All-America, while Itza Nieves and Tessa Smolinski earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades.

The awards will be presented Nov. 17, 2011, at the NCAA Division III Women's National Championship banquet in St. Louis, Mo., where the 2011 Division III AVCA Player of the Year will be announced. The NCAA Division III national quarterfinals begin Nov. 18 and Springfield will square off against Carthage at 3:00 pm.

Torvi becomes just the second player in the history of the Springfield College women's volleyball program to earn First-Team All-America honors. The only other time this occurred was in 1995 when Kerri Camuso received the distinction.

The trio has been instrumental in the Pride's historic season, as it currently stands at 34-2 after capturing the NCAA Division III Regional Championship.

Earlier this year, 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 has been sensational this year, posting 517 kills and 150 kills, both of which are the sixth-highest single season totals in program history. On the national scene, Torvi ranks 13th in hitting percentage (.378), and points per set (4.93), while also ranking 16th in kills per set (4.14) and 18th in blocks per set (1.2).

Smolinski took home Honorable Mention All-America honors for the first time in her young career. The NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection continued to be a force at outside hitter in her sophomore season as she has tallied 421 kills and 322 digs. The Hebron, Conn. native was especially dominant over the past weekend when she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Division III Regional Championship.

Nieves had a breakout senior season as she earned All-America, All-Region, and All-Conference recognition for the first time in her career. The Veja Baja, Puerto Rico product stepped in as the Pride's libero and has been outstanding, racking up a team-best 539 digs, which is the sixth-highest single season total in program history.

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