GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017 Women's Volleyball All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University senior Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) earned her second NEAC Player of the Year award and landed on the all-conference first team for a third consecutive year.
The four-time NEAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week (Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30) is ranked 15th in NCAA Division III rankings for total attacks (1,254), 28th in service aces (66), 30th in kills (412), 35th in attacks per set (11.1), 40th in points per set (4.36) and 58th in kills per set (3.65). Thomas ranks first in the NEAC for kills (412), total attacks (1,254), points (492.5), points per set (4.4) and kills per set (3.65). The outside hitter is second in the conference in matches started (31), third in aces (66), seventh in digs (373), eighth in sets played (113) and ninth in matches (31), service aces per set (0.58) and leads the Bison in most offensive categories. Thomas was named to three different all-tournament teams and was named the Worthington Classic MVP this season. She is also a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete (2014-15, 2015-16) and a two-time Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar honoree (2016, '17). Last year, she was named the 2016-17 Gallaudet Student-Athlete of the Year.
Penn St.-Berks sophomore libero Madison Wojciechowski was named the 2017 NEAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year while Wells College freshman Rachel Anderson was named NEAC Rookie of the Year. Wells College coach Mark Lucas was voted as the NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers after directing the Express to an 18-12 overall regular-season record and the No. 1 seed in the North Division.
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, 27 Bison have earned all-conference honors. GU has earned 18 first-team, seven second-team selections, two third-team selection, five Player of the Year awards, two Rookie of the Year award, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Coach of the Year award.
2017 Gallaudet University Women's Volleyball All-NEAC Honoree
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team
Note: Statistics, rankings through Oct. 31