Springfield, Mass. - November 6, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team had two student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team following outstanding seasons. Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, while Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was chosen to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team and tabbed the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Additionally, for the third time in her career, head coach Moira Long was recognized as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
Donnelly has powered Springfield back to the national tournament for the third time in her four seasons as she leads the Pride with 327 kills to go along with 322 digs, 57 blocks, and 24 aces. The Health Science major is the only player in the conference to rank in the top five in kills and the top 12 in both digs and blocks as the versatile six-rotational student-athlete has landed herself on the All-Tournament Teams at the MIT Invitational, Osprey Classic, and New England Challenge this year.
Labadorf has put together a tremendous first season en route to Rookie of the Year honors, as the Health Science major became the fifth student-athlete in program history to be named the top first-year in the NEWMAC, joining Lauren Holt (2012), Kim Giaquinto (2008), Bethany Stosz (2007), and Leah Hettrick (2003). Heading into the NCAA Championship, Labadorf has handed out 983 assists to go 191 digs, 49 aces, and 28 blocks. She led the conference in aces during conference play and has helped direct a Pride offense to a .224 hitting percentage.
Long, who was previously named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013, guided Springfield to a 23-7 record and back to the NCAA Division III Championship for the seventh time in her tenure on Alden Street. Under her direction, the Pride won a share of the regular-season title for the first time since 2015, and secured the top seed in the NEWMAC Championship for the first time since 2013.