DeMais & Newman are AVCA All-Americans for Connecticut College
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior Marissa DeMais (Hillsdale, N.J.) and sophomore Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team for Connecticut College. Both players received honorable mention recognition for the Camels.
DeMais and Newman were honored on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Volleyball team Nov. 11.
DeMais was honored as a second team setter for the second consecutive year. In addition to her conference accolade, DeMais made her second straight appearance on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine District One Volleyball All-Academic Second Team. Newman garnered first team honors for the Camels in her inaugural appearance on the squad.
Connecticut College head coach Josh Edmed saluted the achievements of DeMais, Newman and the entire team on a memorable 22 win season of Camel volleyball.
"We are extremely excited to have two All-Americans returning to our program next year," said Edmed. "Amy and Marissa are both extremely deserving of this national honor recognition. While they obviously show the athletic prowess to be a top level athlete in the NESCAC, what most don´t see is the work ethic and drive each of them has to continue to improve their game on a daily basis. Not only does their work ethic help them improve as individuals but how they approach it helps our team achieve more as a collective group. It is a tremendous honor to be coaching these two athletes on a daily basis and I look forward to all they will accomplish in years to come."
DeMais completed her season in third place in the NESCAC with 10.06 assists per set and tied Newman for fourth place in aces with .59 service aces per set. She rallied the Camels in their 3-2 come from behind victory against Wesleyan in the regular season finale Oct. 30 with a dominating 52 assist, 11 dig performance at Luce Fieldhouse. DeMais has dished out 2605 assists in her career as the facilitator for the Camel offense. A Dean´s List student, DeMais is majoring in cellular and molecular biology at the College.
Newman has emerged as one of the most powerful outside hitters in the country. She buried 4.17 kills per set to rank second in the NESCAC. Newman contributed 2.88 digs per set, .59 service aces per set with a .255 hitting percentage, posting nine double-doubles (kills-digs) for the Camels this fall. But Newman played her best ball under pressure during the Camels post-season run, leading the team to its third appearance in the Semifinal Round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament in the past four years. In the last three matches of the season, Newman averaged a whopping 5.73 kills, 3.36 digs and .55 aces, accounting for 6.45 points per set.
A Dean´s High Honors student, Newman is pursuing her degree in mathematics at Connecticut College.
November 17, 2009