GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2015 Women's Volleyball All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University placed three student-athletes on the teams. Senior TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) and sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) were picked to the first team while senior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) was named to the second team.
Hoglind earns her third all-conference honor in a row as she landed on the first team for the first time in her career. She had been on the All-NEAC second team the previous two seasons. The three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree is ranked first in the NEAC for assists (1,075), assists per set (10.24) and tenth in service aces (49). Hoglind ranks No. 27 in Division III for assists per set and 32nd for total assists. The team captain posted seven double-doubles and had 40 or more assists in 10 matches. She had a season best 58 assists in a 3-1 win over FDU-Florham on Oct. 10. She was named the NEAC Player of the Week for Sept. 8. In four years she has recorded 3,295 assists, 660 digs, 215 service assists, 48 blocks and 47 kills.
Thomas earned two NEAC Player of the Week honors (Oct. 12, Oct. 19) and was a 2014-15 NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree. She is ranked No. 26 in Division III for attacks (1,139) and No. 27 in kills (403). Thomas leads the NEAC in matches (32), sets (113), kills, total attacks and points (456). She is second in kills per set (3.57) and points per set (4.0) and sixth in digs (356). She started 31 of 32 matches and posted a career-high 29 kills in a 3-2 win over Lancaster Bible College on Oct. 16. She had 20 or more kills in four matches and 10 or more kills in 22 matches. In two seasons she has amassed 449 kills, 651 digs, 87 service aces and 21 blocks in 67 matches
Morris earned three NEAC Player of the Week honors (Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2) which two were for Defensive Player of the Week. She led the conference in matches (32) and sets (113) while posting the fourth best hitting percentage (.265). Morris was seventh in points (318.5), ninth in service aces (50), 12th in blocks (45) and 13th in block assists (31) and kills (239). The 2014-15 NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree made two or more blocks in 17 matches, 10 or more digs in 12 matches and posted five double-doubles. In two seasons the transfer has accumulated 499 kills, 585 digs, 94 blocks, 93 service aces and 26 assists.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the regular-season champions, took three of the four awards. Senior Morgan Eberley was named the NEAC Player of the Year while freshman setter Sydney Johnson was picked as the NEAC Rookie of the Year. SUNY Poly coach Dan Liberto was voted as the NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers after directing the Wildcats to a 25-4 overall record and 11-1 conference mark. Wells College sophomore Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo took home NEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
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, 22 Bison have earned all-conference honors. GU has earned 15 first-team, six 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.
2015 Gallaudet University Women's Volleyball All-NEAC Honorees
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC Second Team
Note: Statistics, rankings through Nov. 4