Lexington, Ky. (November 9) – The postseason honors continued for the nationally-ranked No. 18 MIT women's volleyball team following the announcement of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region awards on Thursday. Freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) was voted the New England Freshman of the Year and joined senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) and junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) on the All-Region Team.
Maloney became the fifth player in program history to be named the New England Freshman of the Year and joined Austin Zimmerman '06 as the only MIT setters to receive this accolade. She leads the NEWMAC in assists per set (9.92) and is seventh in assists (734). In addition, Maloney directs an offense that paces the conference in hitting percentage (.253) and is eighth in the NCAA in the same category. The Engineers also lead the NEWMAC in kills per set (12.92) and rank second in kills (1,279).
Davanzo, the 2014 AVCA New England Freshman of the Year, picked up her third All-Region honor. She paces the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.367) while standing 14th in the NCAA in the same category. Davanzo also ranks eighth in the conference in block assists (57) and blocks per set (0.78), ninth in total blocks (69), and 11th in solo blocks (12). She contributes to a defense that leads the NEWMAC in opponent hitting percentage (.107) in addition to ranking fourth in blocks per set (1.86) and fifth in blocks (177).
Bertics received her third straight AVCA All-Region selection on the heels of being named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year. She currently stands second in the NEWMAC in kills per set (4.00), third in kills (388), and fourth in hitting percentage (.326).
MIT (28-2) will continue its season on Friday, Nov. 10 when it faces Maine Maritime Academy in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The action begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Center at Johnson & Wales University.