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Three Women's Volleyball Student-Athletes Earn NEWVA Recognition

Three Women's Volleyball Student-Athletes Earn NEWVA Recognition

Beverly, Mass. - November 28, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball program had three student-athletes honored by the New England Women's Volleyball Coaches Association (NEWVA) for their efforts this season on the court this season.

Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) was one of eight student-athletes selected to the NEWVA All-New England Second Team, while first-year Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was one of seven student-athletes chosen to the NEWVA All-Rookie Team.

Additionally, Donnelly and classmate Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) were among the 28 senior student-athletes selected to compete in the NEWVA Senior Classic All-Star Game and Skills Competition. The event, proudly sponsored by adidas and The Graphic Edge, will be held in the Lahue Physical Education Center on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. on December 2. 

Donnelly led Springfield back to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 years and the third time in her career following a dominant senior season.  The Health Science major led the Pride with 343 kills to go along with 338 digs, 61 blocks, and 24 aces and is the only player in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to rank in the top five in the conference in kills and the top 12 in both digs and blocks.  The versatile six-rotational student-athlete landed herself on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and was named to the All-Tournament Teams this season at the Osprey Classic, New England Challenge, NCAA Division III Championship Providence Regional, and was the MVP of the MIT Invitational.

Labadorf put together a tremendous first season en route to also earning NEWMAC 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 conference. In her rookie campaign, Labadorf handed out 1,030 assists to go along with 205 digs, 53 aces, and 29 blocks.  Under her leadership, Springfield produced a .222 hitting percentage and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.  

Kmetz, who is majoring in Elementary and Special Education, appeared in 120 matches during her career, registering 766 kills, 579 digs, 124 blocks, and 108 aces. A leader on and off the court, Kmetz was a key reason why Springfield won 99 matches during her time on campus, highlighted two trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Sweet 16 and a share of the NEWMAC regular-season title in 2018. 

The NEWVA Annual Award recipients were nominated by and voted on by the organization's member head coaches. The coaches represent the seven competing conferences in NCAA Division III including the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Little East Conference (LEC), Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), North Atlantic Conference (NAC), New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and NEWMAC.