WESTWOOD, Mass.—Babson College senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) became the first player in program history to be named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, while junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) earned her second consecutive first-team all-confrence nod when the league announced its postseason award winners on Thursday morning.
The only four-time All-NEWMAC first-team selection in school history, Cameron is averaging career-best averages of 9.67 assists and 2.46 digs to go along with 0.96 kills and 0.43 blocks per set over 32 matches. She ranks third in the conference in assists per set and has doled out 35 or more assists in 10 matches this fall for the Beavers, who own the fifth best hitting percentage (.266) in Division III.
The only player in Babson history to total more than 1,000 assists in a season, Cameron is the all-time leader in assists (3,845) and assists per set (9.11), ranks fifth in service aces (158) and is tied for 10th on the career list with 210 total blocks.
One of just four players in program history to earn all-conference laurels in three consecutive seasons, Puccio has totaled 349 kills and is averaging 3.46 kills per set while hitting a career-best .265. She ranks seventh in the league in kills per set and owns the second highest hitting percentage among NEWMAC hitters with more than 600 attempts.
Puccio, who has played in 99 career matches at Babson, ranks second all-time in kills per set (3.38) and is third in both points (1210.0) and total kills (1,110).
Following its NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles, No. 16 Babson (32-1) will take on UMass Boston in an NCAA Tournament first round match in Medford, Mass., on Friday at 3 p.m.