GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2016 Women's Volleyball All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University placed four student-athletes on the teams and took home two of the postseason honors. Junior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) was named NEAC Player of the Year and was picked to the first team. Thomas was joined on the first team by freshman teammate Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.), who was selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year. Junior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) was selected to the second team while freshman middle hitter Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.) was named to the third team.
Thomas earns her first NEAC Player of the Year award and lands on the all-conference first team for a second consecutive year. The three-time NEAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week (Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 17) is ranked 10th in NCAA Division III rankings for service aces (69), 43rd in aces per set (0.63), 60th in attacks per set (10.78) and 63rd in kills per set (3.68). Thomas ranks first in the NEAC for kills (401), total attacks (1,175), points (482.5), points per set (4.4), and matches started (33). The outside hitter is second in the conference for kills per set (3.68), matches (33), fourth in service aces (69), fifth in service aces per set (0.63), ninth in sets (109), 10th in digs (354), 11th in hitting percentage (.203), 15th in digs per set (3.25) and leads the Bison in most offensive categories. Thomas was named to the Worthington Classic All-Tournament team this season and she is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete (2014-15, 2015-16).
Daniels ranks 46th in NCAA Division III for total attacks (1,104), 53rd in kills (376), 89th in points per set (4.03) and 96th in attackers per set (10.13). In the NEAC, she is third in the NEAC in points (439.5), total attacks (1104), fourth in kills (376), kills per set (3.45), sixth in hitting percentage (.229), 19th in blocks (40), block assist (29), 24th in block solos (11) and 26th in digs (244). The 2016 Worthington Classic all-tournament team member posted six double-doubles, reached 20 or more kills twice in the season and posted double-digits in kills a total of 22 times. The freshman made a career-high 25 digs vs. Wells (Oct.16).
Jeter is ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III rankings for service aces (80), 15th in aces per set (0.73), 32nd for total assist (1,021) and 62nd in assist per set (9.32). The junior ranks first in the NEAC for assists per set (9.32) and second in assists (1,021), service aces (80) and service aces per set (0.73). She helped Gallaudet climb to the No. 5 nationally for team service aces (306). Jeter recorded 30 or more assists 17 times this season, had two double-doubles and had a career-high 59 assists vs. Wells (Oct. 16).
Skari leads the Bison in blocks and ranks fifth in the NEAC with 65. In the NEAC, Skari is fifth in block assist (45), seventh in hitting percentage (.219), eight in block solos (19), ninth in blocks per set (0.59), 16th in points (254.5) and 21st in kills (181). The freshman is tied for fifth on the team with 32 service aces.
Gallaudet University took two of the four NEAC postseason awards. Morrisville State College freshman Samantha Wolf was named NEAC Defensive Player 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 20-11 overall record and 12-1 conference mark. SUNY Poly, the regular-season champions, clinched the No. 1 seed and will host this weekend's NEAC tournament.
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, 26 Bison have earned all-conference honors. GU has earned 17 first-team, seven second-team selections, two third-team selection, four Player of the Year awards, two Rookie of the Year award, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Coach of the Year award.
2016 Gallaudet University Women's Volleyball All-NEAC Honorees
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team
NEAC Rookie of the Year
All-NEAC First Team
All-NEAC Second Team
All-NEAC Third Team
Note: Statistics, rankings through Nov. 2