HADLEY, Mass. – Seniors Kristin Hanczor (Redding, Conn.) of Bowdoin and Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) of Connecticut College have earned All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Hanczor, the first-ever Polar Bear to earn All-America, was selected to the Second Team. Newman received Third Team honors for the second-straight fall after garnering honorable mention in 2009. The duo are the only two NESCAC players among the three teams announced on Tuesday.
The Co-Player of the Year in the NESCAC, Hanczor helped the Polar Bears post a school-record 27 wins, a first-place finish in the conference standings, the program’s first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Among the NESCAC leaders in multiple statistical categories, Hanczor, a middle blocker who played in every set for Bowdoin, finished with a .332 hitting percentage (1st NESCAC), 2.94 kills per set (9th), and 1.02 blocks per set (2nd) – all of which were career-best figures.
The All-NESCAC First Team selection finished her career as Bowdoin’s all-time leader in blocks (401) and second in kills (1,119).
Newman closed out her season pacing the NESCAC in kills for the second year in a row with a 5.10 average, nearly identical to the 5.17 per set figure she put up last autumn. The outside hitter completed her career with 1,315 kills, a figure that ranks second all-time at Connecticut College. The three-time All-NESCAC First Team member also recorded a career-best .316 hitting percentage.
Four individuals from the NESCAC earned honorable mention All-America, with Middlebury junior DS/L Caitlin Barrett, Trinity sophomore OH Hannah Brickley, and the Tufts tandem of senior DS/L Audrey Kuan and junior setter Kendall Lord receiving recognition.