Beecher Selected as Program's First NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Cameron Becomes Program's First Three-Time First-Team Honoree
WESTWOOD, Mass.—After capturing its third conference tournament championship in five years on Saturday, three members of the Babson College women's volleyball program were named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-conference first team on Tuesday morning.
Senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) earned the first NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year, in school history while junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) joined her to give the Beavers three of the league's seven first-team players.
Beecher ranks first in the league in digs per set (4.40) and will enter the NCAA Tournament ranked second in the NEWMAC with 462 total digs in 31 matches this fall. She also leads the team with 44 service aces, which is just one shy of her career high set last season, ranks first on the program's all-time career list in digs per set (4.45), and is second with 1300 total digs.
Cameron is the first player in school history to earn All-NEWMAC first-team honors in three straight seasons after averaging 9.28 assists, 2.24 digs, 1.12 kills and 0.54 blocks per set in 31 matches. The conference tournament most outstanding player, she ranks fifth in the league in assists and is first among setters in kills and blocks per set and second in digs per set.
One of just two players in program history to surpass 900 assists in two straight years, Cameron has helped the Beavers record their highest hitting percentage (.222) in school history this season.
Puccio was named to the all-conference first team for the first time in her career after totaling 336 kills and averaging 3.39 kills per set to go along with a career-best .235 hitting percentage. She ranks fourth among NEWMAC hitters in total kills and fifth in kills per set, while also contributing 1.31 digs per set and a career-high 43 total blocks.
Babson (23-8) was selected as one of eight regional hosts for the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in school history and will host the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the first round on Friday at 8 p.m.