November 2, 2017

2017 NAC Volleyball All-Conference: Arranaga, Cacacie, D'Auria & Perez Collect Top Honors

Maine Maritime sophomore Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) has been named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Volleyball Player of the Year, while sophomore teammate Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Mariners also saw freshman Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) voted the Rookie of the Year, while Husson's Nia Arranaga (San Jose, Calif.) was selected the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Maine Maritime's head coach Tricia Carver tabbed Coach of the Year, and eight volleyball student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Cacacie has had an impressive sophomore campaign so far, as Maine Maritime will enter the NAC Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The middle hitter finished the conference regular season as one of the top hitters in the league as she topped the league with a .437 hitting percentage against NAC opponents, only committing six errors. She also ranked second in points per set (3.7) and fourth in kills per set (2.44). Cacacie also tallied 44 kills, 17 service aces, seven blocks and five digs in NAC play. Impressively, the sophomore has hit .348 or better in five of the six conference matches that she played in. She also has hit .344 or better in 13 of the Mariners 28 overall matches, including four matches that she hit .556 or better and a career-high .833 against Johnson. In all matches played, she ranks in the top-three in six different categories, including first in points per set with 3.7, second in blocks (52) and kills per set (2.74), and third in kills (271), hitting percentage (.247) and service aces (59). The first team all-conference honoree was selected as the NAC Player of the Week three times this season. Currently, she has tallied 376 kills, 111 total blocks, 77 digs, and 59 aces in her career.


Perez has had a dominant second season with Maine Maritime, claiming her second-consecutive NAC Defensive Player of the Year honor. She recorded 65 digs (2.95/set), while also earning 13 service aces and eight assists against conference opponents. In all matches, the defensive specialist topped the league with 427 digs, averaging 3.99 per set. Impressively, she posted 10 or more digs in 21 of her teams 30 matches and notched the 20-dig plateau 10 times, while also earning a career-high 26 digs twice this season in non-conference action against Merchant Marine and Colby. She also recorded 51 total service aces and 44 total assists this season. In her career, the nine-time NAC Defensive Player of the Week selection has 886 digs, 100 aces, and 96 assists.


D'Auria has made an immediate impact as a Mariner, playing in all 30 of Maine Maritime's matches this season. In conference play, the newcomer ranked in the top-10 in six statistical categories as she finished the season tied for fourth with 50 kills, was fifth in points per set (3.1), sixth in kills per set (2.27), tied for seventh in service aces (18), and eighth in both hitting percentage (.263) and digs (45). Against all competition, she has posted a league-best 71service aces, to go along with 3.0 points per set (3rd), 249 kills (4th), 2.33 kills per set (5th), 200 digs, and 11 blocks. The outside hitter tallied 10 or more kills in 11 matches and three double-doubles (assists/digs) so far this season. The three-time NAC Rookie of the Week honoree has earned national recognition for her total service aces (71), as she currently ranks 18th in the country. She also holds 36th for her 0.66 aces per set.

Arranaga is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience and has proven herself as a leader on the court as well as in the classroom. Off of the court, she is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. The senior has been named to the President's List, the Dean's List, and was a member of the NAC All-Academic Team. She is also a member of Psi Chi, the international Honor Society in Psychology. On the court, the right side hitter totaled a league-best 26 service aces against NAC opponents to go along with the second highest aces per set (1.18). In conference play, she also totaled 31 kills, 21 digs, four blocks, and two assists. In all matches, she holds the top spot in the NAC with 0.86 aces per set after compiling a second-best 66 service aces so far this season. The senior notched 102 kills, 48 dig, 19 assists, and 18 blocks (14 solo). Impressively, she recorded two or more service aces in 13 of Husson's 26 matches this season, while posting five or more in five contests and the second most aces in program history in a match with 13. In all of Division III, Arranaga is eighth in the country with her 0.86 aces per set and 27th with her 66 total service aces.


Carver, in her fifth year at the helm of Maine Maritime, is being recognized as the Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season. Under her guidance, the Mariners enter the upcoming NAC Championship Tournament as the top seed after compiling an unblemished 7-0 mark in conference play. Carver's squad concluded the regular season ranking as one of the NAC's top teams. In seven conference matches, MMA was the league leader in kills per set (10.32), hitting percentage (.328), service aces (139), service aces per set (6.32), points (384) and points per set (17.5). The Mariners were also second in kills (227), assists (193), and assists per set (8.77) in conference action. Most noteworthy is that the Mariners are ranked as the No. 1 team in all of Division III with 383 team service aces, while also being third with 3.58 service aces per set. In her five seasons with MMA, the Mariners have posted a 92-59 overall record and an impressive 29-3 record in conference play. Carver has produced 17 All-NAC selections, four NAC Rookies of the Year, three NAC Players of the Year, three NAC Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year and two NAC Defensive Players of the Year.


Joining Cacacie and Perez on the first team were Colby-Sawyer sophomore Naarah Cox (Boston, Mass.) and senior Alli Lahiff (Haverhill, Mass.), Husson seniors Lindsay Chapman (Gorham, Maine) and Bailey Cote (Biddeford, Maine) and Maine Maritime sophomore Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.).

Second team selections included Husson's Arranaga, Colby-Sawyer junior Courtney Murray (Quincy, Mass.), Green Mountain freshman Estela Felix Almeida (South Gate, Calif.), Maine Maritime sophomore Maggie MacMahon (Boise, Idaho) and New England College freshmen Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala.) and Kaitlyn Walker (Cottonwood, Calif.) and junior Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H.).

The NAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the volleyball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following eight individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Maria Jackson (Seward, Alaska), Colby-Sawyer sophomore Rebecca Straubel (Altamont, N.Y.), Green Mountain freshman Nancy Olmedo-Chavez (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Husson junior Kaitlyn Woods (Charlton, Mass.), Johnson sophomore Kimberly Reville (Burke, N.Y.), Lyndon freshman Zoe Pierce-Olhson (Gales Ferry, Conn.), Maine Maritime's MacMahon and New England College freshman Melanie Langgle (Titusville, Fla.).

2017 Volleyball All-Conference Teams

To view a PDF list of the All-Conference team click HERE.  

FIRST TEAM
Sydney Adams, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Alexa Cacacie, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Lindsay Chapman, Senior, Husson
Bailey Cote,Senior, Husson
Naarah Cox, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Alli Lahiff, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Maria Perez, Sophomore, Maine Maritime 

SECOND TEAM
Nia Arranaga, Senior, Husson
Estela Felix Almeida, Freshman, Green Mountain
Dreka Griffin, Freshman, New England College
Maggie MacMahon, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Courtney Murray, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Meaghan Six, Junior, New England College
Kaitlyn Walker, Freshman, New England College 

Player of the Year
Alexa Cacacie, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Defensive Player of the Year
Maria Perez, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Rookie of the Year
Jessica D'Auria, Freshman, Maine Maritime
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Nia Arranaga, Senior, Husson
Coach of the Year
Tricia Carver, Fifth Season, Maine Maritime 

Sportsmanship Team
Maria Jackson, Junior, Castleton
Melanie Langgle, Freshman, New England College
Maggie MacMahon, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Nancy Olmedo-Chavez, Freshman, Green Mountain
Zoe Pierce-Olhson, Freshman, Lyndon
Kimberly Reville, Sophomore, Johnson
Rebecca Straubel, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Kaitlyn Woods, Junior, Husson