Middlebury volleyball junior Becca Raffel (Palo Alto, Calif.) added another accolade when she was named Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the second-straight season. She was also recently tabbed as a First-Team All-Northeast Region last week for the second-consecutive year.
Raffel, the 2014 NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year, is also a two-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection. The junior outside hitter is fifth in the league in both kills (303) and kills per set (3.09) while hitting .215. She recorded a career-high 22 kills during Middlebury's NESCAC Quarterfinal victory over Bates. Raffel played in all 27 matches and was the only Panther to play in all 98 sets, posting double-digit kill totals during 16 matches, including all four postseason contests. The junior also posted 279 digs, including a career-best 26 in the NESCAC Championship win over Tufts. This fall, she tallied seven double-doubles to go along with 24 service aces and 38 total blocks. Raffel ranks atop the Panther record books with 3.27 kills per set.
Raffel helped lead the Panthers to an 18-9 record in 2016, claiming the fifth NESCAC Championship in the program's history. Middlebury participated in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time, dropping a thrilling five-set match to Ithaca in the tournament's first round.