MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The accolades continue to pile up for sophomores Nicole Hilton and Stasie Litinsky of the Wesleyan University volleyball team as the duo was named to the 2017 AVCA Division III Northeast All-Region Team on Thursday.
Hilton and Litinsky were joined by NESCAC counterparts Caroline Flaharty, Kate Kiser, and Lisa Sheldon of Bowdoin, Mckenzie Bright and Heather Holz of Tufts, Gabrielle Eustache of Bates, and Becca Raffel of Middlebury.
The honor is the first for both players, as Hilton was named the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year yesterday and was joined on the All-NESCAC First Team by Litinsky.
The dynamic duo has played a pivotal role in Wesleyan's historic season which featured a 16-1 start, a second Little Three title, and its first-ever NESCAC Championship to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history.
Hilton, who was also named an All-NESCAC Second Team selection as a freshman, leads the conference in hitting percentage with a .345 mark and has been a force at the net with an average of 0.78 blocks per set. She has 242 total kills on the year and has totaled double-digit kills in sixth-straight matches entering the postseason tournament.
Litinsky currently leads the team with 2.80 kills per set and is one shy of 200 for the year. She also ranks second on the team in hitting percentage (.252) and third in blocks (.42/set). The sophomore is having a breakout campaign for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan will play Wellesley in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament tomorrow, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. No. 8 Johnson & Wales University will serve as the host of the eight-team pod.