2010 NECVA ALL-DIVISION AWARDS ANNOUNCED

4/2/2010

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JERSEY CITY, NJ...Junior outside hitter Justin Brubaker (Telford, PA) of Philadelphia Biblical University was selected as the Western Division Player of the Year for an unprecedented  third consecutive season while senior hitter Phil Tully (Huntington Station, NY) of Vassar College earned Metro Division Player of the Year accolades for the second time in three years, and those two players headlined the 2010 North East Collegiate Volleyball Association All-Division teams, in voting conducted within each of the 44-team conference's five divisions-the CUNYAC, GNAC, Metro, New England and Western. Brubaker is the first player in the history of the conference to be a divisional player of the year three times.

 

In the GNAC Division senior setter Zack Hansen (Shelton, CT) of Rivier College took home top honors while Endicott College senior middle hitter A.J. Witkofsky (Scotia, NY) claimed the player of the year distinction in the New England Division. Baruch College sophomore outside hitter Sequiel Sanchez (San Sebastian, Puerto Rico), who was the 2009 New England Division Rookie of the Year when playing for Elms College, claimed his second major divisional award of his career , taking the accolades in the CUNYAC.

 

In all, 73 student-athletes-one shy of the league record-were named either First or Second-Team All-Division this season or earned a major divisional honor. Those players named to a divisional First-Team will be eligible for NECVA All-Conference honors, which will be announced at the league's annual banquet during this weekend's NECVA Tournament, on Saturday, April 10 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

 

For the third consecutive year, Hunter College claims the CUNYAC's Rookie of the Year with this season's distinction going to freshman middle blocker Braien Otsla (Brooklyn, NY). Taylor Lindner (Cheshire, CT) is the GNAC Rookie of the Year as a middle hitter. In the closest three-way race for Rookie of the Year in any division in conference history, Vassar College setter John Konow (Chicago, IL) claimed the Metro Division Rookie of the Year. In the New England Division, MIT outside hitter Matt Hohenberger was a unanimous winner while the Western Division had co-Rookies of the Year. SUNYIT middle hitter Jeffrey Coon (Cheektowaga, NY) and D'Youville College opposite Chris Temple (Highwood, IL) shared Western honors.

 

Allison Stack, in her fourth year as head coach of Baruch College, is CUNYAC Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Bearcats to a #4 national ranking while becoming the first team in that division's history to be ranked #1 in the NECVA conference poll. Chris Wright of Emmanuel College is the GNAC Coach of the Year after the fifth-year coach led the Saints to an 11-1 league record and a school-record 26 wins. First-year head coach Antonia Sweet of Vassar College is the Metro Division Coach of the Year. The Brewers went undefeated in the division for the second time in three years and improved their all-time Metro record to 25-2.

 

Tim Byram of Endicott College and Paul Dill of Massachusetts Institute of Technology were voted the New England Division co-Coaches of the Year. Byram wins the honor for the second straight season after leading the Gulls to back-to-back divisional regular season titles. Dill, who was the divisional winner in 2007, led the Engineers to a 28-7 regular season mark. In the Western Division, Medaille College's Keith Koch is the Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Mavericks to as high as a #2 ranking in the NECVA conference poll, and an unblemished regular season divisional record in his sixth season.

 

Five players-Zacarias Ripoll-Cid (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) of Hunter, Ivan Andujar (Carolina, Puerto Rico) and Radu Wyrwas (Bialystok, Poland) of Baruch, Michael Townsend (Beaverdam, VA) of Emmanuel, and Witkofsky of Endicott-earned All-Division honors, either First or Second Team, for the fourth time in their four-year careers, with Ripoll-Cid claiming his fourth consecutive First-Team All-CUNYAC distinction. Tully of Vassar was named First-Team All-Metro for the third straight season; the Brewers were not league members during his rookie season.

 

Four juniors-Brubaker, Pablo Oliveira (Uberlândia, Brazil) of Baruch, Jared Andreozzi (Barrington, RI) of Rivier and Matt Talamantes (Los Angeles, CA) of Newbury College, each took home All-Divisional honors for the third consecutive season to open their careers.

 

2010 NECVA ALL-CUNYAC DIVISION

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sequiel Sanchez (Baruch College)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Braien Otsla (Hunter College)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Allison Stack (Baruch College)

 

FIRST-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Sequiel Sanchez 1

Baruch College

SO

OH

San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Eric Barty 1

Hunter College

SO

MB/OPP

Jamaica, NY

Zacarias Ripoll-Cid 123

Hunter College

SR

S/OH

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Johnny Santana 4

City Tech

SO

OH

Dominican Republic

Pablo Oliveira 12

Baruch College

JR

OH

Uberlândia, Brazil

Ivan Andujar 135

Baruch College

SR

S

Carolina, Puerto Rico

Santos Rivera

Baruch College

JR

OPP

Carolina, Puerto Rico

SECOND-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Christopher Newcomb

Hunter College

JR

OH/OPP

Waimea, Kauai, HI

Eryk Kowalski 5

Baruch College

JR

MB

Zabno, Poland

Nate Martin

Lehman College

JR

S

Carleton, MI

Arturo Cabrera, Jr.

York College (NY)

FR

OH/OPP

Rio, Brazil

Marcin Polak 5

Hunter College

JR

OPP

Brooklyn, NY

Radu Wyrwas 234

Baruch College

SR

S

Bialystok, Poland

2010 NECVA ALL-GNAC DIVISION

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Zach Hansen (Rivier College)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Tyler Lindner (Rivier College)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Wright (Emmanuel College)

 

FIRST-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Matt Ferreira 12

Rivier College

SR

MH

Lincoln, RI

Zack Hansen 12

Rivier College

SR

S

Shelton, CT

Jared Andreozzi 15

Rivier College

JR

OH

Barrington, RI

Curtis Abram 4

Emmanuel College

JR

OH

San Luis Obispo, CA

Brendan McGourn 1

Lasell College

SO

S

Southington, CT

Spencer Parker

Lasell College

FR

OH

Newington, CT

SECOND-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Michael Townsend 156

Emmanuel College

SR

OH

Beaverdam, VA

Thomas Belton

Mount Ida College

JR

SH

Springfield, MA

Tyson Rietz

Emmanuel College

JR

OH/OPP

Granite Bay, CA

Taylor Lindner

Rivier College

FR

MH

Cheshire, CT

Keoni Rabaino 4

Emmanuel College

JR

MB

Tucson, AZ

Micah Aiu

Lasell College

SO

OPP

Honolulu, HI

2010 NECVA ALL-METRO DIVISION

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Phil Tully (Vassar College)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: John Konow (Vassar College)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Antonia Sweet (Vassar College)

FIRST-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Phil Tully 12

Vassar College

SR

H

Huntington Station, NY

SteFan PremDas

Stevens Institute of Technology

JR

OPP

Hollywood, FL

Jake Moore 4

SUNY New Paltz

SR

OH

Cortlandt Manor, NY

Kevin Stross

SUNY New Paltz

SO

MB

Port Washington, NY

Matthew Elgin

Vassar College

FR

MH

Farmington, NY

Paul Konopacki

Ramapo College

SO

MB

Monroe Township, NJ

Matt Scott

Ramapo College

SR

S

Edison, NJ

Kurt Backlund 4

Ramapo College

SR

L

Old Bridge, NJ

SECOND-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Austin Bryant

New Jersey City University

SO

OPP

Virginia Beach, VA

Steve Vahalla

Ramapo College

FR

OH

Bloomfield, NJ

Evan Fredericksen 4

Vassar College

JR

H

Menlo Park, CA

Timothy Karl

Stevens Institute of Technology

JR

MH

Williamsville, NY

Brandt Grobeis

Stevens Institute of Technology

JR

S

Livingston, NJ

Christian La Du

Vassar College

FR

L/DS

Wessthampton, NY

2010 NECVA ALL-NEW ENGLAND DIVISION

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: A.J. Witkofsky (Endicott College)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Matt Hohenberger (MIT)

co-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Tim Byram (Endicott College) and Paul Dill (MIT)

FIRST-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Matt Hohenberger

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

FR

OH

St. Louis, MO

Mark Thomas 15

Newbury College

SR

OH

Wilbraham, MA

John Emery 1

Endicott College

SR

OH

Westford, MA

A.J. Witkofsky 156

Endicott College

SR

MH

Scotia, NY

Mike Demyttenaere 4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SR

MH

Brussels, Belgium

Matt Talamantes 24

Newbury College

JR

S

Los Angeles, CA

Eric Reuland

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SR

L

Laguna Niguel, CA

SECOND-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Joshua Aberly 4

Newbury College

SR

OH

Palatine, IL

David Thomas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SO

OH

Carlsbad, CA

Chris Shannon

Daniel Webster College

SO

OH

Ronkonkoma, NY

James Sliva

Endicott College

SR

MB

Monroe, CT

Lowell Jesmer

Wentworth Institute of Technology

JR

MH

Rochester, NY

Ben Foster 4

Endicott College

SR

S

Penfield, NY

Tim Lee

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JR

S

Natick, MA

Michael Biuso

Newbury College

JR

L

South Setauket, NY

2010 NECVA ALL-WESTERN DIVISION

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Justin Brubaker (Philadelphia Biblical University)

Co-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:  Jeffrey Coon (SUNYIT) and Chris Temple (D'Youville College)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Keith Koch (Medaille College)

FIRST-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Justin Brubaker 12

Philadelphia Biblical University

JR

OH

Telford, PA

Ryan Murdie 15

Medaille College

SR

OH

Kenmore, NY

Leandro Dueck 4

Philadelphia Biblical University

SR

OH

Lititz, PA

Andy Nawotka

Medaille College

SR

MB

Grand Island, NY

Justin Reesor 4

Eastern Mennonite University

SR

MH

Stouffville, Ontario

Drew Dillon 4

Philadelphia Biblical University

JR

S

Mount Joy, PA

Ryan Maxwell

Medaille College

JR

S

Amherst, NY

Dan Jackson 4

Medaille College

JR

L

Hamburg, NY

SECOND-TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

POS.

HOMETOWN

Hans Schroeder

Nazareth College

JR

OH

Kenmore, NY

Nick Johnson

Medaille College

SO

OPP

Buffalo, NY

Jeremy Sajdak

D'Youville College

JR

OH

Rochester, NY

Brett Peters

D'Youville College

JR

MB

Warsaw, NY

Robert Kraft

Nazareth College

FR

MB

Waretown, NJ

Erin Kelly

Medaille College

FR

MB

Clifton Springs, NY

Dan Mowery

Nazareth College

FR

L

Phelps, NY

LEGEND

1 = First-Team All-Division, 2009

2 = First-Team All-Division, 2008

3 = First-Team All-Division, 2007

4 = Second-Team All-Division, 2009

5 = Second-Team All-Division, 2008

6 = Second-Team All-Division, 2007

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