NECC 2011 Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams Announced

Southern Vermont junior outside hitter Jessica Alvarez was selected as the 2011 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year. Alvarez was second in the league averaging 3.52 kills per set with a .390 hitting percentage.

Southern Vermont senior libero Joanna Hogue earned recognition as the NECC Defensive Player of the Year. Hogue, who was also selected the 2010 NECC Defensive Player of the Year, is the Southern Vermont career leader in digs, averaged 4.00 digs per set.

Newbury first year Sydney Fish earned NECC Rookie of the Year honors. Fish averaged 2.53 kills per set, 0.80 aces and a .335 hitting percentage in conference play.

Southern Vermont head coach Josh Stokes was voted Coach of the Year after engineering a program turnaround that saw the Mountaineers post a record of 31-2 this season after a 1-20 season in 2009.

Bay Path College has been honored with the league's Sportsmanship Award. NECC all-conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

2011 NECC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team

Player of the Year
Jessica Alvarez, Southern Vt. (Jr, OH - Eagle Rock, CA)

Defensive Player of the Year
Joanna Hogue, Southern Vt. (Sr, LB - Los Gatos, CA)

Rookie of the Year
Sydney Fish, Newbury (Fr, MB - Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Coach of the Year
Josh Stokes, Southern Vt.

Team Sportsmanship Award
Bay Path College

First Team
Jessica Alvarez, Southern Vt. (Jr, OH - Eagle Rock, Calif.)
Hershey Canta, Southern Vt. (Sr, S - Bataan, Phillipines)
Chelsey Crawford, Daniel Webster (Jr, MB - Westfield, Mass.)
Nadine Harkless, Bay Path (Sr, MH - Westfield, Mass.)
Danielle Healis, Southern Vt. (Jr, MB - San Diego, Calif.)
Alicia Manzo, Southern Vt. (Jr, RS - Clovis, Calif.)

Second Team
Stacy Croteau, Elms (Sr, OH - Agawam, Mass.)
Sydney Fish, Newbury (Fr, MB - Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Domingas Gomes, Regis (Mass.) (Sr, OH - Brockton, Mass.)
Sara Gold, Regis (Mass.) (So, DS - North Hollywood, Calif.)
Danielle Johnson, Lesley (Fr, RS - )
Arianna Thomas, Mitchell (Jr, L - Fresno, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
Kate-Lynn Breault, Daniel Webster (Sr, RS - Hudson, N.H.)
Tricia Corriveau, Newbury (Sr, OH - Coventry, R.I.)
Julie Endara, Regis (Mass.) (So, OH - Boca Raton, Fla.)
Megan Ortwein, Lesley (Jr, OH - )
Lauren Watson, Newbury (Fr, MB - Denver, Colo.)