NEWTON, Mass. – Two members of the Lasell College women's volleyball team were recognized Tuesday with selection to the 2018 All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference Team, as voted by the GNAC's head coaches.
Senior Olivia Addington (Orange, Calif./ El Modena) and freshman Kiana Perez (Juncos, Puerto Rico/ Notre Dame) were named to the All-GNAC Second Team, and Perez received further recognition by being voted GNAC Rookie of the Year. Addington becomes a three-time All-GNAC selection. Sophomore Allie Jo Amos (Prescott, Ariz.) was also selected as Lasell's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
A 5-9 outside hitter and team captain, Addington earns Second Team honor for the second time (2016) along with her First Team recognition a year ago. She ranked third in the GNAC this season in total kills (319) and fifth in kills per set (3.04), and she topped the GNAC among non-libero players in digs (351) and digs per set (3.34). She posted 14 double-doubles this season, reaching double figures in both kills and digs in a match 14 times.
A four-year starter, Addington completed an outstanding career, having set numerous school records. She set marks last year for kills in a match (27) as well as records for kills in a three-set match (19) and the standard in a four-set match (22) established in 2016. Addington became the second player in program history to reach at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, finishing with 1,325 kills (second-most in program history) and 1,177 digs (fourth-most). She was also Lasell's GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team selection twice in her career.
A 5-9 outside hitter, Perez enjoyed an outstanding first year in a Laser uniform, earning GNAC Rookie of the Week four times. She finished second in the conference in kills (327) and kills per set (3.30) and seventh among non-liberos in digs (299) and digs per set (3.02). She posted 10 double-doubles this season, reaching double figures in both kills and digs in a match 10 times.
Perez also set a new program record with 31 kills in a four-set victory over Newbury College. She equaled the school mark for kills in a three-set match with 19 winners in a victory over Suffolk University.
Lasell finished the season with a 13-19 overall record under first-year head coach Dana Jones, finishing in fourth place in the GNAC with an 8-4 ledger. The Lasers were upset by Suffolk in a GNAC Tournament quarterfinal match.
2018 All-GNAC Women's Volleyball Team
Maria Coniglio, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Brylee Frank, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Katie Leidhold, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Elyssa Nicolas, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Kate Walker, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Taylor Dunster, Rivier
Hayley Macken, Rivier
Courtney Murray, Colby-Sawyer
Olivia Addington, Lasell
Kiana Perez, Lasell
Katryna Veasey, Regis (Mass.)
Sydney Racevicius, Rivier
Jennelle Thompson, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
Amanda Fortune, Simmons
Naarah Cox, Colby-Sawyer
Morgan Flynn, Colby-Sawyer
Mary Shelow, Emmanuel (Mass.)
Hannah Dolan, Johnson & Wales (RI)
Courtney Collins, Rivier
Faith Gray-Williams, Simmons
Talia Lombardo, Suffolk
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Brylee Frank, Johnson & Wales (RI)
LIBERO OF THE YEAR – Elyssa Nicolas, Johnson & Wales (RI)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Kiana Perez, Lasell
COACH OF THE YEAR – Nancy Somera, Johnson & Wales (RI)
INSTITUTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Jaiden Williams, Albertus Magnus
Aby Chapdelaine , Anna Maria
Nicole Olivieri, Colby-Sawyer
Selina Brito, Emmanuel
Monica Cordova, JWU
Allie Jo Amos, Lasell
Emily Oliver, Norwich
Erika Andreoli, Regis
Taylor White, Rivier
Nina Nevarez, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Madison Provencher, Saint Joseph's (Maine)
Julia Fusco, Simmons
Bridget Allison, Suffolk
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