BABSON PARK, Mass.—On the eve of the program's first home NCAA Tournament match in program history, four Babson College women's volleyball players were recognized when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced their all-region teams on Thursday.
Senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.), junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) all collected AVCA All-New England honors, while junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) earned an honorable mention nod. The accolades were the second of the week for Puccio and Cameron, who were named to the first and second team, respectively, when the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) released their postseason awards early in the week.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Year, Beecher claimed the first all-region honor of her career after amassing 462 total digs and averaging 4.40 digs per set in 31 matches this fall. She enters the NCAA Tournament with the highest career digs per set average (4.45) in school history in addition to ranking second on the program's all-time list with 1,300 digs.
The first three-time All-NEWMAC first-team selection in Babson history, Cameron earned AVCA and NEWVA all-region laurels for the second year in a row. She is averaging 9.28 assists, 2.24 digs, 1.12 kills and 0.54 blocks on the year, and is one of just two players in program history to dish out better than 900 assists in back-to-back seasons.
An All-NEWMAC first-team honoree, Puccio was named to the AVCA and NEWVA all-region squads for the first time in her career. She is averaging 3.39 kills per set and has totaled 336 total kills to go along with a career-best .235 hitting percentage in 31 matches. Additionally, Puccio raised her game in the postseason averaging 5.09 kills per set while hitting at a .302 clip to help the Beavers capture their third conference tournament championship in five years.
Carosotto picked up the first all-region recognition of her career after putting together a stellar 2018 campaign. She is averaging career highs of 2.26 kills and 1.07 blocks per set while recording a career-best .286 hitting percentage. Carosotto, who became the program's single-season leader in total blocks with eight in last Saturday's NEWMAC Tournament final win at Springfield, enters the NCAA Tournament ranked 28th in Division III in blocks per set.
Babson (23-8) was selected as one of eight NCAA Division III regional hosts on Monday and is set to host the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 8 p.m. on Friday inside Staake Gymnasium.