Boston, Mass. (November 9) – MIT women's volleyball head coach Paul Dill was voted the NEWMAC Coach of the Year while the Engineers' tied the program record with four All-Conference selections as announced by the league on Wednesday. Seniors Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) and Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the first team while junior Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, Fla.) and sophomore Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) were second-team picks.
In addition to the All-Conference Teams, junior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) was named to the newly established NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the 2016 season. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport, who best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.
The recipient of his second NEWMAC Coach of the Year nod, Dill guided MIT to a 10-0 ledger in conference play and the program's fifth championship this past Sunday.
A three-time first-team honoree, Gebhard ranks second in the NEWMAC in kills (410) and kills per set (4.02) while standing eighth in hitting percentage (.299). Wuthrich earned her second straight first-team plaudit after ranking third in the conference in digs (542) and digs per set (4.97) in addition to anchoring a defense that leads the way in opponent hitting percentage (.104).
A repeat second-team selection, Davanzo is fourth in the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.347) while standing fourth on the team in kills (151) and blocks (44). Bertics collected her first award from the conference after ranking fifth in hitting percentage (.315) within the NEWMAC and placing second on the squad in kills (256) and blocks (57).
MIT (28-4) will continue its season on Friday, Nov. 11 as it will face Framingham State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The action begins at 3:00 p.m. in Cousens Gym at Tufts University.