HADLEY, Mass. – Winning all 10 NESCAC regular season matches, three more in the NESCAC Tournament, while dropping just four sets in the 13 games, it is not surprising
that many all-conference honors would be bestowed on the Eph team.
The 25-4 Ephs are hosting the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Williamstown, Mass. Regional Tournament this weekend.
"First and foremost, I think as a whole our team is humbled and honored to be receiving such recognition by our conference this year," said Eph head coach Christi Kelsey. Ryan, Tori, and Emily are all deserving of their individual awards, but I know they would be the first to say that these honors are a testament to our entire team this season. These types of awards just aren't possible without great teammates and a strong team cohesiveness that these young women have created this year for our program."
First-year outside hitter Tori Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) of Williams has been selected as the 2013 NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year by the league's coaches. Jasuta stormed onto the collegiate scene, leading the conference with 3.98 kills per set, while ranking fourth with a .322 hitting percentage. She also ranks ninth with 3.58 digs per set.
Jasuta is the fourth Eph to earn Rookie of the Year along with Chadwick (2001), Melissa Pun (2006) and Nicole Ballon-Landa (2007).
Jasuta is the first rookie in league volleyball history to be named Player of the Year and the first player in league volleyball history to receive Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
She is the third Williams player to earn Player of the Year honors, joining Joyia Chadwick (2002) and Robin Young (2003, 2004).
"Tori definitely had a standout year in the conference," added Kelsey. "As a first-year to earn both Rookie and Player of the Year honors is something pretty special and well deserved. The great thing though about Tori is that she loves this team and her teammates and her attitude and focus from day one here has been about our entire program."
Two other Williams players, senior opposite hitter Emily Doll (Villa Park, Calif.) and sophomore setter Ryan Farley (La Jolla, Calif.), joined Jasuta on the All-NESCAC First Team. Doll earns first-team recognition after being named to the second team in 2012. "What a great honor for Emily to be a two-time All-NESCAC honoree," said Kelsey. "She has invested so much in this program over her four years here and in her teammates as well. She exemplifies in every way what Williams Volleyball is all about both on and off the court." Doll ranks second on the squad with 281 kills, third with 226 digs and fourth with 42 blocks.
Farley averages 10.60 assists per set for the potent Eph offensive attack that hits over .275 as a team to go along with 44 blocks.
"Ryan has really stepped up this season and taken her own game to a new level," stated Kelsey. "She is inspired by her teammates and plays for them, which I think has helped raise Ryan's on court presence, leadership, and execution to a higher level."
Christi Kelsey was named Coach of the Year for the first time in her five years at the helm after leading her squad to a 25-4 record. With their unblemished 10-0 mark in league play, the Ephs earned their first NESCAC Championship since 2009 and league-high 10th overall title.
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