Little East Announces 2013 Volleyball Awards Program

Little East Announces 2013 Volleyball Awards Program

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston captured two of the four major awards, when the conference office released its 2013 All-Little East volleyball teams. Beacon freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Keene State sophomore Angela Silveri (Poughquag, N.Y.), while classmate Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Eastern Connecticut State University freshman Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury, Conn.) was chosen as the Rookie of the Year, while University of Southern Maine's Tom Gardner was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.

In addition to the major awards program, the conference office honored a seven-person first and second team. UMass Boston led the Little East members with six selections, while Keene State College, Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State University each placed two student-athletes on the all-conference teams. The Little East has wealth of young talent, as nine of the 14 selections were underclassmen, including six freshmen.

Murphy is the third Beacon to earn the coveted top offensive player award, joining former standouts Shannon Thompson and Kate McWhorter. The freshman middle hitter from Canton, Mass. also made her debut on the All-Little East, first-team. Murphy sat atop the Little East individual standings in hitting percentage (31.1), while ranking among the conference leaders in points (6th, 3.04 pps) and kills per set (2.36 kps). In 36 appearances, she reached double digits in kills 10 times. Murphy recorded a season-high 16 winners against Little East rival Keene State on Sept. 9, while finishing one kill shy of her career-best against Haverford College. She posted a .500 or higher hitting percentage six times this fall, including an astonishing 60.9 percentage against the Owls. Four of her other top hitting performances came against conference opponents. Murphy registered a season-best four service aces against Central College and five digs twice, most recently at Southern Maine. She was named the Little East Rookie of the Week three times in 2013.

Silveri is the first Owl to be elected by the coaches at the top offensive player in the conference circuit. The Poughquag, N.Y. product is making her debut on the All-Little East first-team and second overall appearance. Silveri led the conference in points per set (3.66), while ranking among the leaders in kills (3.02) and service aces per set (6th, 0.47). In 32 matches, she reached double figures in kills 22 times. Silveri posted a season-high 21 winners against intra-state rival Plymouth State in the semifinals of the 2013 Little East Volleyball Championship. She logged a season-best 48.1 hitting percentage against Eastern Nazarene, converting 15 of her 27 swings with just two errors. Silveri registered a season-high seven service aces against the Panthers. She also contributed to the Keene State defensive with 13 matches with double digits in digs. Silveri was chosen as the Little East Offensive Player of the Week once on the campaign.

Glavan is the first member of the UMass Boston volleyball team to receive the top defensive award, snapping Western Connecticut's four-year stranglehold on the honor. The native of Edina, Minn. also made her debut on the All-Little East, second-team. Glavan is ranked atop the conference leaderboard in digs (574) and digs per set (5.27). She was the only student-athlete in the Little East to eclipse the 500-dig barrier. Glavan raised her digs per set average (5.61) against conference opponents. In 34 matches, the freshman produced double figures in digs 27 times, including a current streak of 11 matches. Glavan registered at least 20 digs on 12 occasions, including a season-high 39 against Haverford. She also recorded a 93.4 reception percentage with 650 clean attempts. Glavan was named the Little East Defensive Player of the Week three times on the season.

Mihalek is just the second Warrior to capture the top rookie award and first since Amy Bullock in 2003. The freshman from Woodbury, Conn. also earned a spot on the All-Little East, first-team. Mihalek led the conference circuit in kills per set (3.18), while ranking second in points per set (3.47). In 31 matches, she reached double digits in kills 21 times. Mihalek recorded a season-best 21 winners against Connecticut College, while also producing 18 kills against Colby Sawyer and Emmanuel. Mihalek was Eastern Connecticut's top offensive threat with 20 or more attacks in 27 of her 31 matches. She had her most efficient match at Wesleyan, when Mihalek spiked 16 of her 29 changes with just one error for a 51.7 hitting percentage. She also logged 22 service aces. Mihalek gave the Warriors a dependable player on the defensive side of the court with 312 total digs, averaging 2.81 per set. She reached double digits in digs 13 times. Mihalek was selected as the Little East Rookie of the Week once this fall.

Gardner is the second Husky manager to be voted as the top coach in the conference circuit and first since John Razsa in 2003. Gardner guided Southern Maine to an overall record of 22-11, marking the program's most successful season in terms of wins since the 1976 team also won 22 matches. The Huskies increased their win total by 12 from their nine-win season a year ago. Southern Maine posted a 2-5 Little East record to earn the program's first appearance in the annual tournament since 2003. Gardner's charges almost upset third-seeded Plymouth State in the first round, falling 3-2 in Plymouth. The Huskies also earned their first All-Little East selection in Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) since Maghan Bristol and Amanda Starkey received an all-conference certificate in 2003.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

2013 All-Little East Volleyball Teams
First Team
Name Class Position Institution
Adrianna Mihalek Freshman Outside Hitter Eastern Connecticut State University
Kirsten Morrison Junior Middle Hitter University of Massachusetts Boston
Julia Murphy Freshman Middle Hitter University of Massachusetts Boston
Madeline Nossiff Sophomore Middle Blocker Keene State College
Angela Silveri Sophomore Outside Hitter Keene State College
Karissa Smith Freshman Outside Hitter Western Connecticut State University
Kaitlyn Tedeschi Senior Middle Hitter Plymouth State University
Second Team
Patsy Boland Freshman Outside Hitter University of Massachusetts Boston
Elizabeth Glavan Freshman Defensive Specialist University of Massachusetts Boston
Melanie Lombardi Senior Middle Hitter Western Connecticut State University
Kirsten Perrotta Sophomore Setter Plymouth State University
Megan Pollock Senior Setter University of Massachusetts Boston
Corrine Porter Senior Outside Hitter University of Massachusetts Boston
Kristina Rubico Freshman Outside Hitter University of Southern Maine
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Julia Murphy, University of Massachusetts Boston
Angela Silveri, Keene State College
Defensive Player of the Year
Elizabeth Glavan, University of Massachusetts Boston
Rookie of the Year
Adrianna Mihalek, Eastern Connecticut State University
Coach of the Year
Tom Gardner, University of Southern Maine