GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2014 Women's Volleyball All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University senior outside hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) was named the Player of the Year as she was selected to her fourth consecutive all-conference first team. Senior Julia Wolff (Belleville, Ontario) joins Frowick on the first team while juniors TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) and Molly Perkins (Apple Valley, Minn.) were named to the second and third teams, respectively.
Frowick is the first Bison to be named NEAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year since Ann Whited earned the honor in 2012. Paige Johnson was picked as the 2010 NEAC South Division Player of the Year during GU's first year in the conference. Frowick is the first Bison to earn all-conference first team honors since GU joined the NEAC. The senior co-captain ranks second in the NEAC for kills per set (3.86), points per set (4.28), third in kills (365), fourth in total attacks, fifth in points (406.5) and sixth in hitting percentage (.287). The three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree is ranked 32nd in Division III for kills per set (3.86), 45th in points per set (4.28) in 28 matches started. In her career she has been named NEAC Player of the Week seven different times, most recently on Sept. 29, and was the 2011 NEAC Rookie of the Year.
Wolff had a breakout season as GU's middle hitter where she ranks seventh in the country for hitting percentage (.396), which has helped the Bison climb to No. 15 in Division III for team hitting percentage (.245). The senior co-captain ranks first in the NEAC for hitting percentage, second in block assists (54), third in total blocks (76) and seventh in blocks per set (0.66). She has started and played in all 33 matches and has recorded 10 or more kills in a match on nine separate occasions. She was named NEAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 6.
Hoglind makes her second appearance on the all-conference second team after leading the Bison offense with 1,160 assists, the most in the NEAC, and she is tops in assists per set (10.30). GU's setter is 12th in the conference with 50 service aces. Hoglind ranks 16th in total assists in Division III and 21st in assists per set as she started 32 matches. The team co-captain is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Perkins earns her first all-conference honor as she played in all 33 matches and made 14 starts. The junior outside hitter ranks ninth in the conference for hitting percentage (.217), 11th in kills (267), kills per set (2.32) and 14th in points (311.5). Perkins is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Penn St.-Berks freshman Megan DeAbreau was tabbed as the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year as the libero averaged 4.84 digs per set as she totaled 455 digs in the season. Wells College took home NEAC Coach of the Year as Richard Gary was picked by his coaching peers for the honor and Anuhea Lelte-Ah Yo was chosen as NEAC Rookie of the Year. Leite-Ah Yo had a terrific rookie campaign for the Express, as the outside hitter tallied 263 kills, 340 digs, 46 aces and 315.5 points through 33 matches. Gary guided the Express to a 23-10 record and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NEAC tournament after going 5-25 last season. This is the third season for Wells Express as a varsity women's volleyball program.
Each team can only nominate four players to be considered for all-conference recognition. Since Gallaudet has been in the NEAC, since the 2010 season, 19 Bison have earned all-conference honors. GU has earned 13 first-team, five second-team selections, one third-team selection, three Player of the Year awards, one Rookie of the Year award, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Coach of the Year award. GU has won four consecutive NEAC championships and enters this weekend's conference tournament as the No. 1 seed for a third consecutive year.
2014 Gallaudet University Women's Volleyball All-NEAC Honorees
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC Second Team
All-NEAC Third Team
Note: Statistics, rankings through Nov. 4