Westwood, Mass. (November 7) – MIT women's volleyball head coach Paul Dill was voted the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season while junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) was named the Athlete of the Year and freshman Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earned Rookie of the Year accolades as announced by the league on Tuesday. Senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) joined Bertics and Maloney on the All-Conference First Team while fellow senior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) was selected to the Second Team. Senior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) rounded out the squad by earning a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
The recipient of his third NEWMAC Coach of the Year nod, Dill guided MIT to a 10-0 ledger in conference play for the second year in a row and the program's sixth championship this past Sunday.
The program's fifth Athlete of the Year, Bertics ranks second in the NEWMAC in kills per set (4.00), third in kills (388), and fourth in hitting percentage (.326).
MIT's first Rookie of the Year honoree since Cecily Joujon-Roche '12 was selected in 2008, Maloney directs an offense that leads the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.253) and is eighth in the NCAA in the same category. The Engineers pace the conference in kills per set (12.92) and rank second in kills (1,279). Individually, Maloney leads the NEWMAC in assists per set (9.92) and is seventh in assists (734).
A two-time All-Conference second-team pick, Davanzo secured a spot on the first team after leading the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.367) while standing 14th in the NCAA in the same category. She 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). Davanzo 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).
The recipient of her first All-Conference award, Tellez ranks 13th in the NEWMAC in aces (37) while standing second on the team in kills per set (2.20). She is also third on the squad in kills (167), digs (186), and digs per set (2.45). A six-rotation player who is a primary passer, Tellez anchors a defense that has surrendered the fewest aces (143) in the conference.
Nationally-ranked No. 18 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.