Two members of the Middlebury College volleyball team were honored when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) handed out postseason honors. Junior Becca Raffel (Palo Alto, Calif.) was a first-team All-Northeast Region selection for the second-consecutive year, while sophomore Sarah Staver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earned a spot on the second team. The duo is a part of a Panther team that claimed the fifth NESCAC Championship in the program's history and will play in the Brockport regional this weekend.
Raffel, the 2014 NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year, picked up her second-straight First-Team All-Northeast region award. Also a two-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection, the junior outside hitter is fifth in the league in both kills (285) and kills per set (3.06) while hitting .216. She recorded a career-high 22 kills last Friday in the NESCAC Quarterfinal victory over Bates. Raffel has played in all 26 matches and is the only Panther to play in all 93 sets, posting double-digit kill totals during 15 matches, including all three during the NESCAC Tournament. The junior also posted 269 digs, including a career-best 26 in the NESCAC Championship win over Tufts. This fall, she has tallied six double-doubles to go along with 23 service aces and 36 total blocks. Raffel ranks atop the all-time Panther record books with 3.26 kills per set.
Staver earns her initial all-region accolade just days after tallying her first all-league laurel. Providing an impact up front for the Panthers. She owns 1.60 kills per set, while her .301 hitting percentage leads the team and places her fourth among her NESCAC peers. She earned a career-high 12 kills in a win at Colby, hitting an astonishing .800 in the match. Staver is also solid defensively, tying for the NESCAC and team lead with 1.08 blocks per set. She accumulated five or more blocks in eight matches this fall, including a season-best eight against MIT on October 22.