New Haven’s Candelaria Named Northeast-10 Player of the Year

New Haven’s Candelaria Named Northeast-10 Player of the Year


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November 9, 2011

New Haven and Stonehill Both Place Two on All-Conference First Team

South Easton, Mass. – The University of New Haven's Keidy Candelaria was named the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches it was announced today. Candelaria is the third consecutive Chargers' player to win the award as Rhe-Ann Niles won the award in 2008, and Sara Malmlov claimed the honor in 2009 and 2010.

Other major awards were announced today as well. Candelaria's current teammate Chelsey Alpough was named Setter of the Year, while Pace University's Elyse Rowland was named Libero of the Year. Stonehill College's Emily Iverson was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year, and her head coach, Lauren Amundson was named the 2011 Coach of the Year.

Candelaria helped lead New Haven to a perfect 15-0 mark during the regular season, and led the Northeast-10 in kills per set with 4.44, which also puts her tenth nationally. The junior outside hitter registered 440 kills during the season, and was also 8th in the NE-10 with a .250 hitting percentage. Her 4.9 points per set were also a conference high, and ranked her 16th in the country in that category. Candelaria, who also posted 32 aces this year, was a five time Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week honoree and was also named to the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.

New Haven's Chelsey Alpough was named the 2011 Northeast-10 Setter of the Year by the conference's head coaches. The senior was an instrumental part of New Haven claiming the regular season title as she handed out 899 assists, good for an average of 9.88 per set. She also added 183 digs, and was third on the team with a .207 hitting percentage. Alpough, a four time Setter of the Week, also added 22 aces. She was also named to the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year.

Pace's Elyse Rowland was awarded the conference's Libero of the Year award. The junior has registered 576 digs this season, good for an average of 5.94 per set, which ranks her 8th in the country in this category. She helped lead the Setters to a 10-5 mark during the regular season and a berth in the NE-10 Championship. Rowland, who was named the Libero of the Week on five separate occasions during the regular season, added 44 aces and joined Candelaria and Alpough on the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.

Stonehill's Emily Iverson was the winner of the Rookie of the Year. The first-year setter helped lead the Skyhawks to a 14-1 record in conference play with her league-best 1245 assists. Her 10.46 assists per set were also tops in the NE-10 in 2011. Iverson also chipped in with 65 kills and 30 aces for the Skyhawks. The seven-time conference Rookie of the Week was also a member of the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.

Iverson's coach, Lauren Amundson was named the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year by her peers. Amundson, who is in just her third season as the head coach at Stonehill, lead the team to a 27-win season, including a 14-1 mark in NE-10 play. The Skyhawks were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll but Amundson led the team to the second-seed in the NE-10 Championship. Counted among her accomplishments this season are placing two players on the NE-10 All-Conference First Team, and one on both the Second and Third teams.

2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team
Name School Position Year Hometown

Keidy Candelaria New Haven Outside Hitter Junior Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Elyse Rowland Pace Libero Junior Antioch, Calif.
Aubrey Bobo Saint Rose Outside Hitter Senior Oneida, N.Y.
Sarah Beres So. Connecticut Middle Sophomore Ellington, Conn.
Emily Iverson Stonehill Setter Freshman Elmhurst, Ill.
Sydney Maxey Stonehill Outside Hitter Sophomore Hutto, Texas

2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team
Name School Position Year Hometown

Chelsea Overholt Adelphi Outside Hitter Junior Centrevilla, Va.
Patawe Simms Adelphi Middle Senior East Patchogue, N.Y.
Ellisha Terry American Int'l Setter Senior Fort Worth, Texas
Morgan McDermott Le Moyne Middle Junior Camillus, N.Y.
Shea Hansen Pace Setter Senior Mesa, Arizona
Nora Rugova Pace Outside Hitter Junior Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Erin Kelly Stonehill Libero Junior Tinley Park, Ill.

2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team
Name School Position Year Hometown

Caitlin Connelly American Int'l Libero Sophomore Holbrook, N.Y.
Blair Havron American Int'l Middle Sophomore Pukalani, Hawaii
Lea Freeman UMass Lowell Middle Senior Methuen, Mass.
Amber Cannady New Haven Middle Sophomore Yonkers, N.Y.
Sarah Kahrs Saint Rose Outside Hitter Senior Kings Park, N.Y.
Danielle Coffey So. New Hampshire Middle Senior Westborough, Mass.
Kirsten Arvidson Stonehill Right Side Hitter Sophomore Andover, Mass.

2011 Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team
Name School Position Hometown

Kaitlyn Destefano Adelphi Middle Farmingdale, N.Y.
Kelsey Buckner Bentley Outside Hitter San Marino, Calif.
Hannah Rey UMass Lowell Outside Hitter San Diego, Calif.
Stephanie Sheehan Merrimack Outside Hitter Smithtown, N.Y.
Kaulana Ane New Haven Right Side Hitter Paia, Hawaii
Melanie Pavels Pace Outside Hitter Valley Stream, N.Y.
Katy Daniels Saint Rose Libero South Hadley, Mass.
Emily Iverson Stonehill Setter Elmhurst, Ill.

Player of the Year – Keidy Candelaria, New Haven
Setter of the Year
– Chelsey Alpough, New Haven
Libero of the Year
– Elyse Rowland, Pace
Rookie of the Year
– Emily Iverson, Stonehill
Coach of the Year
– Lauren Amundson, Stonehill

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.