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Dearing and Lang-Rodean Highlight NEWMAC Yearly Honors; Five Earn All-Conference Accolades

2010 NEWMAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Honorees Babson Park, Mass. - November 9, 2010 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team landed five players on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball All-Conference teams, which was announced on Tuesday. Head coach Joel Dearing was tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while Sarah Lang-Rodean was chosen as the NEWMAC Player of the Year.

Lang-Rodean was also named to the all-conference first team along with teammates Kelsea Hellyar and Lauren Torvi. Kim Giaquinto and Tessa Smolinski were honored to the all-conference second team as well.

Dearing has guided Springfield to a 29-4 record and a berth into the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship. In his 22nd season at the helm of the Pride, this marks the third time that Dearing has been tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, which he previously won in 2003 and 2008.

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.

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.

The 2008 NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the Year, Giaquinto was selected as all-conference for the first time. Hailing from Massapequa, N.Y., she ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both blocks and hitting percentage this season. The right side hitter stuffed her stat sheet all season with 212 kills at a .286 clip, 107 digs, 73 blocks, 49 assists, and 40 aces.

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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