Six different institutions that sponsor volleyball from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) were represented on the 2014 All-CCC Volleyball Team. In addition to the all-conference team, five major individual award winners and a team sportsmanship award winner were also selected. Roger Williams University junior Elizabeth Flaherty was honored as the Player of the Year, while freshman teammate Josalyn Benson was selected as the Rookie of the Year, while Western New England University senior Grace Kucharski and Salve Regina University senior Dianna Tauro earned Libero of the Year. The Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor went to Western New England senior Grace Kucharski and Roger Williams University head coach Ben Somera was named CCC Coach of the Year. Gordon College was the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Voting for the All-CCC team and each of the major awards was conducted among CCC volleyball coaches.
Joining Flaherty, Kucharski, and Tauro on the first team were Kristen Boyer (Roger Williams), Jennifer Duggan (Salve Regina), Olivia Lathrop (Western New England), Tori McIntyre (Endicott) and Brittany McMullen (Roger Williams).
Joining Benson on Honorable mention was Kelsey Armstrong (Western New England), Katelyn Beauregard (Salve Regina), Kortney Jenkins (Eastern Nazarene), Hayley Knapp (Endicott), Emily Lipinski (Salve Regina), Jessica Sincero and Carly Skibinski (Western New England), and Erika Trudon (Endicott).
Flaherty, a junior outside hitter from Sloatsburg, N.Y., is a two-time All-CCC selection and returning AVCA All-America honorable mention honoree who plays a critical role on the CCC’s top offensive unit and is among the most versatile performers in the conference. Entering the 2014 CCC Championship, Flaherty is the only student-athlete who ranks among the CCC’s top nine in both kills and digs per set. Flaherty leads all Hawks and ranks fifth in the CCC with 2.59 kills per set, while also ranking ninth among all CCC players with 3.20 digs per set. In addition to her prowess on the attack and on the defensive side of the net, Flaherty also ranks third in the league with 3.27 points per set, while ranking seventh in the CCC with 0.52 service aces per set. In 22 matches played over the course of the season, Flaherty registered 10 or more kills on nine separate occasions, posted double-digit kills 13 times, and authored double-double performances seven times, including a stretch of five consecutive double-doubles at one juncture.
OH – Kristen Boyer, Roger Williams, Senior
OH – Jennifer Duggan, Salve Regina, Senior
OH – Elizabeth Flaherty, Roger Williams, Junior
MH – Olivia Lathrop, Western New England, Junior
OH – Tori McIntyre, Endicott, Sophomore
MB – Brittany McMullen, Roger Williams, Sophomore
L - Grace Kucharski, Western New England, Junior
L – Dianna Tauro, Salve Regina, Senior
OH - Kasey Cameron, Western New England, Senior
MB – Andrea Gorman, Roger Williams, Senior
OH– Leah Janelle, University of New England, Senior
MB – Grayson Szczepaniak, University of New England, Sophomore
S- Alleigh Vandemerkt, Endicott, Junior
S – Taylor Violet, Salve Regina, Senior
L – Maria Batas, Roger Williams, Freshman
OH – Kelsey Armstrong, Western New England, Junior
RS – Katelyn Beauregard, Salve Regina, Senior
S – Josalyn Benson, Roger Williams, Freshman
OH – Kortney Jenkins, Eastern Nazarene, Senior
MB – Hayley Knapp, Endicott, Sophomore
MB – Emily Lipinski, Salve Regina, Junior
S – Jessica Sincero, Western New England, Sophomore
MH – Carly Skibinski, Western New England, Freshman
L – Erika Trudon, Endicott, Sophomore
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Elizabeth Flaherty, Roger Williams
LIBERO OF THE YEAR Grace Kucharski, Western New England
Dianna Tauro, Salve Regina
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Josalyn Benson, Roger Williams
SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Grace Kucharski, Western New England
COACH OF THE YEAR Ben Somera, Roger Williams
TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Gordon College
To view the PDF list of the All-CCC team click HERE.