PAWUCKET, R.I. – The 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) women's volleyball major awards and all-conference selections were announced Wednesday following a vote of the league's nine head coaches. Keene State senior Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, Calif.) repeated as LEC Defensive Player of the Year, while UMass Boston senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year. Eastern Connecticut State University Freshman Anna Barry (Andover, Conn.) was named the LEC Rookie of the Year, while Warriors' head coach Megan Silver-Droesch was named LEC Coach of the Year.
Bunker led the Little East in digs (587) and dig per set (5.44) for the Owls, helping lead the team to a 22-10 record and a berth in the LEC tournament final for the third time during her four seasons at Keene State. She is the fifth player in conference history to be named LEC Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back years.
Shi was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in five categories - kills (369), kills per set (3.97), service aces (76), points (455), points per set (4.9) - in her final collegiate season. She is the third UMass Boston player to be named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year, the most recent being Julia Murphy, who won the award during each of her four seasons (2013-16).
Barry was named the LEC Rookie of the Year after leading the conference in attack percentage (.369) and ranking in the top-10 in kills (5th, 286) and kills per set (6th, 2.86). The LEC Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player is the second straight Eastern Connecticut player to be named LEC Rookie of the Year, which was awarded to Abby Stern (Manchester, Conn.) in 2017.
Silver-Droesch has guided the Warriors to a 23-6 overall record so far in 2018 as Eastern captured a share of the 2018 LEC regular season before its first LEC tournament championship since 2007. This marks Silver-Droesch's second LEC Coach of the Year selection, the first of which was following the 2014 campaign.
The full listing of all-conference selections is as follows:
|2018 LEC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Eileen Shi||UMass Boston|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Riley Bunker||Keene State|
|Rookie of the Year||Anna Barry||Eastern Connecticut|
|Coach of the Year||Megan Silver Droesch||Eastern Connecticut|
|First Team All-Conference|
|Eileen Shi||H||Sr.||UMass Boston||San Francisco, Calif|
|Anna Barry||MH||Fr.||Eastern Connecticut||Andover, Conn,|
|Kamari King||OH||Sr.||Western Connecticut||East Hartford, Conn.|
|Jillian Ward||OH||Sr.||Rhode Island College||Coventry, R.I.|
|Riley Bunker||L||Sr.||Keene State||Simi Valley, Calif|
|Bailey Wilson||S||So.||Keene State||Moorpark, Calif.|
|Sarah Doyle||H||Jr||UMass Boston||Glendale, Calif.|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|Abby Stern||OH||So.||Eastern Connecticut||Manchester, Conn,|
|Carly Balskus||OH||Sr.||Eastern Connecticut||Hebron, Conn.|
|Macayla Chianco||L||Sr.||UMass Boston||Clearwater, Fla.|
|Niamh Dodd||MB||Sr.||Keene State||Mahopac, N.Y.|
|Marisa Byrnes||L||Sr.||Rhode Island College||Cranston, R.I.|
|Jacqueline Jutras||S||Jr.||Rhode Island College||Foster, R.I.|
|Alaetra Long||OH||So.||Eastern Connecticut||Lincoln, Neb.|