Flaherty, Milovanovic Make Babson Volleyball History With All-NEWMAC Selections
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- For the first time in program history, the Babson College women's volleyball team placed two players on the All-Conference Team on Tuesday, as sophomores Meg Flaherty (Hollis, N.H.) and Nina Milovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) were both named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Second Team.
Just the seventh and eighth players to earn All-League status for the Beavers' volleyball program, Milovanovic and Flaherty were magnificent at outside hitter this fall. For the second straight year, Flaherty led the team in kills with 314 and kills per set with 3.05 while also ranking first on the team with 287 digs, fourth with a .221 hitting percentage, and fourth with 30 service aces. She was especially outstanding in conference play, hitting .271 with 3.39 kills per set.
After getting off to a slow start due to an early-season leg injury, Milovanovic emerged as one of Babson's best players in her first season on the squad. She finished second on the team right behind Flaherty with 278 kills, 3.02 kills per set, and 248 digs while also finishing second on the team with a .263 hitting percentage and third with 33 aces. Like her classmate, Milovanovic was also brilliant against conference competition, leading the team with 107 kills, 3.45 kills per set, and a .302 hitting percentage.
Thanks to the stellar play of its two All-Conference
stars, Babson went 13-15 against an extremely competitive schedule
this fall, including a 5-4 mark and a fifth-place finish in the
Babson's previous All-Conference honorees include current senior captain Caitlin O'Neill (Lynnfield, Mass.) and former libero Barbara Wong, who were named All-NEWMAC Second Team in 2008 and 2002, respectively, as well as Alexa Schmidt (1996), Cara McInnis (1995), Tonya Strange (1993 and 1994), and Erica Varga (1989), who each earned All-League honors in the NEW 8.