Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) was named to the NEWVA All-New England First Team, Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) and Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) both earned second team honors while Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) was an honorable mention. Holt was also named to the All-Rookie team.
Smolinski also garnered honors for the 2013 NEWVA Senior Classic. The annual event features the area’s top seniors competing in various skills competitions leading up to the afternoon’s all-star match.
The top 32 Division III senior volleyball players were selected for the honor, which will take place on Sunday December 8 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The full list of honorees represents 29 different institutions from NCAA Division III volleyball programs across New England and nine different conferences.
Last week, Smolinski was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Second-Team All-American for the second-straight year. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Year has had another remarkable campaign, totaling a team-best 370 kills on a .316 clip. She led the team with 328 digs and has added 29 aces and 29 blocks and reached a significant milestone this season, becoming just the fourth player in program history with 1,500 kills.
Just the fourth NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in program history, Holt burst onto the collegiate volleyball scene this year. She also earned AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America honors. Controlling the middle throughout the season, she registered 312 kills at a sensational .368 clip and had just as big of an impact defensively, totaling 121 blocks, averaging 1.06 per set.
McGayhey had a breakout sophomore campaign for the Pride on the right side, earning AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America accolades. This season, she accounted for 266 kills while hitting .373, including 13 matches where she hit .500 or better, and ranked third on the team with 49 blocks.
Miller directed one of the most efficient offenses in the country this year, totaling 984 assists, averaging 9.11 per set, to go along with 188 digs, 30 blocks, and 20 aces. Under her leadership, the Pride hit .297, the second-best single season team hitting percentage in program history. She also was named an AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-American.