Endicott’s Osborne Player of the Year in NECC Men’s Volleyball
Endicott College junior John Osborne earned Player of the Year honors, and Stewart Ramirez of Southern Vermont College took Rookie of the Year in voting by the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men’s volleyball coaches. Osborne and Ramirez, along with NECC Defensive Player of the Year Tino Escovedo of Southern Vermont College lead the 2015 All-Conference team and special award winners.
Osborne, an outside hitter from Freehold, N.J., leads the NECC in kills per set (3.71) is second in points per set (4.4), and fifth in both hitting percentage and digs per set. He led the Gulls to an undefeated NECC regular season and the NECC Championship Tournament title.
Ramirez, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., was the NECC Rookie of the Week four times in 2015. The outside hitter ranked second in the NECC in total kills (300), and was third in the Conference in kills per set against NECC opponents (3.33) and attack percentage at .295.
Escovedo lead the Conference in digs at 3.14 per set. A senior libero from Fresno, Calif., Escovedo had 65 more total digs than any other NECC player.
Mark Thomas of Newbury College, the 2010 NECC Player of the Year, takes home his first NECC Coach of the Year honor in just his first season coaching his alma mater. Newbury finished fourth in the NECC regular season with a 6-6 record and ended the season 9-15 overall.
2015 NECC Men’s Volleyball Awards
Player of the Year – John Osborne, Endicott College, Jr., OH, Freehold, N.J.
Defensive Player of the Year – Tino Escovedo, Southern Vermont College, Sr., L, Fresno, Calif.
Rookie of the Year – Stewart Ramirez, Southern Vermont College, Fr., OH, Los Angeles, Calif.
Coach of the Year – Mark Thomas, Newbury College
Team Sportsmanship Award – Southern Vermont College
2014 NECC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team
- Herson Canta, Southern Vermont College, Sr., S, Lagunitas, Calif.
- Joey Dighton, Southern Vermont College, Sr., M, Riverside, Calif.
- John Osborne, Endicott College, Jr., OH, Freehold, N.J.
- Stewart Ramirez, Southern Vermont College, Fr., OH, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Wade Robidoux, Newbury College, Fr., MH, Agawam, Mass.
- Daniel Toth, Endicott College, Jr., MB, Vernon, N.J.
2015 NECC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Sean Bisnett, Regis College, So., OH, Oxnard, Calif.
- Scott Fitzgerald, Southern Vermont College, Sr., M, Queensbury, N.Y.
- Joel Hendrix, Daniel Webster College, Sr., MB, Kane’ohe, Haw.
- Ryan Howdeshell, Daniel Webster College, Jr., S, Fairbanks, Ak.
- Ryan Sutherland, Endicott College, So., MB, Fairport, N.Y.