Lexington, Ky. - November 13, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball program had a pair of student-atheltes recognized on the regional scale by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for their efforts on the court this season.
For the second-straight season, Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) was named to the AVCA Division III New England All-Region Team, and was joined by Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.), who was honored for the first time in her career.
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 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 Champioship Providence Regional and was the MVP of the MIT Invitational.
Bancroft had a special sophomore season on both sides of the ball in the middle for the Pride. The Physical Education and Health Education major ranked second on the team with 241 kills, which came on a .321 hitting percentage. Bancroft also totaled 83 blocks, including 21 solo stuffs, and been a key reason by the Pride rank in the top 30 nationally in blocks per set, averaging over 2.0 stuffs a game.