Cambridge, Mass. (November 8) – The postseason awards continued for the MIT women's volleyball team with the announcement of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) regional honors this week. Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) was recognized by both organizations as she was named the AVCA New England Region Player of the Year and earned a spot on the AVCA All-Region Team in addition to being selected to the NEWVA All-New England First Team. Fellow senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) received her first postseason award courtesy of her placement on the AVCA New England All-Region honorable mention list.
A four-time AVCA All-Region pick and a repeat NEWVA All-New England First Team honoree, Bertics currently leads the country with 4.97 kills per set. Her hitting performance set an Institute record as she surpassed the mark of 4.62 that was established by Cecilia Warpinski '90 in 1989. Bertics also ranks sixth in the MIT record book in career kills per set (3.41) and seventh in career kills (1,356) and career hitting percentage (.309).
Liao directed an offense that ranks fourth in the nation in hitting percentage (.273) while pacing the NEWMAC in hitting percentage, kills (1,354), and kills per set (13.02). Individually, she leads the league in assists (1,091) and assists per set (10.49). Liao closed her career ranking second all-time at MIT in assists per set (9.86) and sixth in assists (2,761).