Portions of this release by CCC Intern Conor Scully.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its 2019 Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Teams and major award winners Monday afternoon. Twenty-five student-athletes were selected as All-Conference honorees, including six apiece from Endicott and Wentworth.
The Gulls also had two student-athletes repeat as major award winners with Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) repeating as Player of the Year and Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) earning her second straight Libero Player of the Year honor. Wentworth also had two student-athletes earn major awards as Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) was also named Player of the Year and Jordan Chapman (Clearwater, Fla.) was named Rookie of the Year. Curry’s Shea Mathews (Concord, N.H.) and University of New England’s Katie Marsh (Melbourne, Australia) were both named the CCC Scholar-Athletes. Gulls head coach Tim Byram earned CCC Coach of the Year honor, while Curry was given the Team Sportsmanship award.
Voting for the All-CCC Teams and major awards was conducted by the nine CCC head women’s volleyball coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Gifford and Kennedy were two of three Gulls named to the All-CCC First Team, with Kennedy being chosen as the First Team libero. Their teammate Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) was also an All-CCC First Team selection. Wentworth’s Rogoz was also named to the All-CCC First Team. The Roger Williams duo of Lara LoIacono (Lynbrook, N.Y.) and Maddie Neuberger (Remsenburg, N.Y.) were also named to the All-CCC First Team. Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, Mass.) of Salve Regina and Ashlyn Gergins (Murrieta, CA) of Gordon rounded out the First Team.
There were 10 student-athletes who earned All-CCC Second Team recognition. The Gulls had another three selections on the Second Team as Amanda Gilbert (Hopkinton, Mass.), Colleen McAvoy (Coventry, Conn.), and Nicole Winkler (Southborough, Mass.) were all recognized. Wentworth also had three All-CCC Second Team selections with Chapman, Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H.), and All-CCC Second Team libero Lexie Cambray (Bedford, N.H.). University of New England’s Sydney Christiansen (Palatine, Ill.), Salve Regina’s Nicole Karabaich (Greenlawn, N.Y.), Roger Williams’ Katherine Pickard (St. Petersburg, Fla), and Western New England’s Ashley Matthews (Salem, N.H.) completed the All-CCC Second Team.
Another seven student-athletes earned All-CCC Third Team recognition. The Leopards had another two All-CCC selections with Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.) and Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earning recognition. Gordon had two student-athletes selected with Amanda Snyder (San Jose, Calif.) and All-CCC Third Team libero Jenny Curtiss (Larkspur, Colo.). Salve Regina’s Andee Bender (Lebanon, Conn.), UNE’s Katie Flynn (Merrimack, N.H.), and WNE’s Cassandra Holmes (Ellington, Conn.) completed the All-CCC Third Team.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zoey Gifford, Endicott
Gifford earns her second straight CCC Player of the Year honor after leading the league in assists (940) and assists per set (9.40). Those numbers also rank her in the top 50 on the NCAA Division III leaderboard. In conference games, the Gulls hit a league-best .274, while ranking second in the league in overall performance as they swung at a .213 rate. Gifford had double-digit helpers in all of Endicott’s contests this year and eclipsed the 40-assist mark nine times. Her stellar ball-handling was recognized by the conference in the week ending Sept. 1 as she was named CCC Player of the Week.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Leah Rogoz, Wentworth
Rogoz was the league’s top attacker this year putting down 3.38 kills per set. She also led the league in total kills with 321 and points with 379. The senior outside hitter was strong on the defensive side of the ball as well. She compiled the fifth most digs in the conference (359) and averaged 3.78 digs per set, which was good for eighth in the CCC. Rogoz was also in the top 10 in hitting percentage at .263. She had 17 double-doubles this year and was named the CCC Player of the Week twice (weeks ending Oct. 14 and Oct. 21).
LIBERO OF THE YEAR
Mackenzie Kennedy, Endicott
Kennedy claims her second consecutive CCC Libero of the Year honor after leading the league in digs (536) and digs per set (5.53). Her digs per set average puts her in the top 50 in all of NCAA Division III in the category. Kennedy had double-digit digs in every contest she played in except one this year. She had 20+ digs in 16 of her matches, topping out with 31 in five-set victory over Amherst. The senior libero also picked up 21 service aces during the season and 61 assists. She won five of the 10 CCC Libero of the Week awards this year (Weeks ending Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 13).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chapman won seven of the 10 CCC Rookie of the Week awards given out this year thanks to her strong consistent play as Wentworth’s setter. She ranked in the league’s top 10 in assists (643, 6th), assists per set (7.22, 6th), and service aces (41, 7th). She put up some huge numbers as the Leopards were forced into a number of four- and five-set contests. She passed 30 assists on 10 occassions, topping out at 47 in a five-set conference loss to RogerWilliams. Chapman was also solid defensively picking up double-digit digs seven times this season. She was the CCC Rookie of the Week during the weeks ending Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27.
Shea Mathews, Curry
Mathews is a public health major with a 3.75 GPA and the captain of the Colonels volleyball team. She is very involved on-campus as a 2020 Class Representative for the Student Government Association, Curry SAAC, and an ambassador for the Global Leadership Academy. Along with her major, Mathews is also working on minors in biology, psychology, and youth recreation and sports. She has a certification in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and is a certified nursing assistant. She works in both admissions and the athletic department and despite all her extracurricular activities will be graduation a semester early. Following graduation, she will enter Boston University’s Master in Public Health program.
Katie Marsh, University of New England
Marsh is completing double major in political science and global studies with minors in economics and history. She currently holds a 3.81 GPA and has been a solid performer on and off the court. She was selected as UNE’s Defensive Player of the Year twice and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She was also named to the CCC Academic All-Conference Team for two years and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Byram, Endicott
Byram was named the CCC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year for the fourth time this year after leading Endicott to a perfect 8-0 CCC (21-7 overall) record and claiming the CCC Regular-Season title. Byram’s squad was on the top of the leaderboard in a number of different categories including kills per set (12.32), assists (1171), assists per set (11.71), and digs per set (17.70). It was also second in hitting percentage (.213), blocks (159) and points (1579.5). The team picked up a lot of big regional wins and was pretty dominant in conference play. In eight conferences matches, the Gulls only dropped a single set. Aside from its seven conference sweeps the Gulls had six others in non-league play. Endicott heads into the conference tournament on a six-game win streak.
2019 ALL-CCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC
MB - Annie Donahue, Sr., Salve Regina
S - Ashlyn Gergins, Jr., Gordon
S - Zoey Gifford, Sr., Endicott
RS - Lara LoIacono, Sr., Roger Williams
MH - Maddie Neuberger, Sr., Roger Williams
RS - Remi Quesnelle, Sr., Endicott
OH - Leah Rogoz, Sr., Wentworth
L - Mackenzie Kennedy, Sr., Endicott
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC
S - Jordan Chapman, Fr., Wentworth
S - Sydney Christiansen, Jr., University of New England
OH - Amanda Gilbert, So., Endicott
OH - Nicole Karabaich, So., Salve Regina
OH - Katherine Pickard, So., Roger Williams
OH - Ashley Matthews, Sr., Western New England
MB/RS - Colleen McAvoy, So., Endicott
MB - Nicole Winkler, Jr., Endicott
S/RS - Mary Zlotosch, So., Wentworth
L - Lexie Cambray, Sr., Wentworth
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC
OH - Andee Bender, Jr., Salve Regina
OH - Katie Flynn, Sr., University of New England
MB - Cassandra Holmes, Sr., Western New England
MH/OH - Samantha Lassiter, Sr., Wentworth
OH - Amanda Snyder, Sr., Gordon
OH - Claire Quick, Sr., Wentworth
L - Jenny Curtiss, Sr., Gordon
Player of the Year - Zoey Gifford, Endicott
Player of the Year - Leah Rogoz, Wentworth
Libero of the Year - Mackenzie Kennedy, Endicott
Rookie of the Year - Jordan Chapman, Wentworth
CCC Scholar-Athlete - Shea Mathews, Curry
CCC Scholar-Athlete - Katie Marsh, University of New England
Coach of the Year - Tim Byram, Endicott
Team Sportsmanship - Curry
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and two associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.