LEXINGTON, KY – Three members of Christi Kelsey's Williams College women's volleyball team (25-4) have earned All-Northeast Team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Sophomore outside hitter Tori Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and junior setter Ryan Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) were accorded First Team honors, while senior middle blocker Raea Rasmussen (Amsterdam, Netherlands) received Honorable Mention recognition.
Jasuta and Farley were repeat honorees as First Team All-Region selections, while Rasmussen collected Honorable Mention laurels for the second year in a row
Earlier this week Jasuta became the first NESCAC player to win the top individual honor in her first two years. The coaches in NESCAC voted Jasuta the conference player of the year again this season, making her just one of three NESCAC players to win the award twice in a career.
Jasuta is the second Eph to win Player of the Year twice, joining Robin Young '05 who was named in 2003 and 2004 and she is just the second to win in consecutive years.
Jasuta led NESCAC in kills per set this year with 3.85 and she tallied 385 kills on the year, second highest total in NESCAC. Jasuta's 3.53 digs per set is tied for ninth in NESCAC and her service aces per set at 0.56 is fourth in the NESCAC.
Eph junior setter Ryan Farley led NESCAC in assists per set at 9.93 and she has registered 54 service aces, fifth best in NESCAC.
Farley's court sense and setting ability has helped the Ephs compile a league best 12.59 kills per set and a team hitting percentage of .231. Farley ranks eighth in NESCAC in service aces per set with 0.51
Rasmussen ranks 4th in hitting percentage in NESCAC at .295, 13th in NESCAC in kills per set with 2.03, and 15th in blocks per set 0.63.
"It is a great honor for Tori ,Ryan and Raea to earn AVCA All-Region honors for the Northeast region," stated Eph head coach Christi Kelsey. "All three players have worked hard to contribute to our team's success so far this season. More importantly they have fully invested in their teammates and in our program as a whole. These three definitely earned the individual recognition that they received however they are humble student-athletes and would be the first to say that they represent their teammates and what our program is all about. I continue to be proud of what our student-athletes and team as a whole represent both on and off the court!"
The honored Eph trio will lead Williams into action Friday night at 8:00 PM when they take on the Sage Colleges Gators (25-6) in the First Round of the NCAA Williamstown Regional Tournament in Chandler Gym.
The eight-team Williamstown Regional opens Friday and will run through Sunday. The regional champion from this weekend will advance to NCAA Quarterfinals in Newport News, VA, November 21-23.