WESTWOOD, Mass.—Babson College women's volleyball senior Erica Schwegman (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomores Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) and Jacalyn Pell (Milton, Ga.) were honored for their work in the classroom for the first time on Wednesday when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its Academic All-Conference team.
Schwegman is in the midst of the best season of her career for the Beavers having already set new career highs in digs (148) and digs per set (1.63) while appearing in 29 of 31 matches. She has produced nine or more digs six times this fall and recorded a career-high 14 in a four-set victory at Wheaton on October 15.
Hardan has played in all but four sets this year for the Green and White and is third on the team with 230 digs and fourth on the squad averaging 2.28 digs per set. She has totaled 10 or more digs nine times during the campaign, and set a new career high with 17 in a four-set victory over Endicott on October 12.
Pell, who is in her first season with the program, has seen action in 15 matches registering 34 kills and averaging 1.55 kills per set. She has recorded five kills on three occasions this fall, most recently putting away five kills in five attempts in a win at Smith on September 28.
In order to be eligible for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference consideration, honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2018 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
No. 18 Babson (30-1, 9-1 NEWMAC), which captured a share of its first regular season league title since 2014 and is the top seed in the conference tournament for the first time, will host Coast Guard in a semifinal match on Thursday at 7 p.m.