Wiekamp, Yamashiro Earn All-MAAC Honors
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Two members of the Manhattan College volleyball team received All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) recognition at the conference’s annual Postseason Awards Show from Siena College’s New Hall on Friday evening. Senior outside hitter Ellie Wiekamp (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshman libero Allie Yamashiro (Kapolei, Hawaii) earned a place on the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Wiekamp paces the Jaspers with 2.81 kills per set and ranks second on the squad with 2.94 digs per set. She ranks eighth in the MAAC in kills and 10th in the league with 3.08 points per set. Wiekamp has recorded a team-high 16 double-doubles this season, including a 17-kill, 26-dig performance in Manhattan’s victory at Quinnipiac on Nov. 10.
Yamashiro has tallied 553 digs this season, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, and she ranks fourth in the MAAC with an average of 4.50 digs per set. She also paces the Jaspers with 0.24 service aces per set. Yamashiro was named MAAC Libero of the Week five times this season, taking home the award on Sept. 3, Sept. 16, Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and Nov. 12.
Joining her on the All-Rookie Team were Katlyn Tyler of Canisius, Quinnipiac’s Allison Leigh, Haley Howell and Bobbi Lin Kalama of Siena, and Rider’s Ryan Ackermann and Kaitlyn Griffin, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Year.
The rest of the All-MAAC Second Team consisted of Emily Litwin of Canisius, Fairfield’s Hayley Moyer, Alicja Pawelec and Natalie Ziskin of Iona, Marist’s Courtney Shaw, and Siena’s Jacqueline Skeen. The All-MAAC First Team featured Fairfield’s Marilyn Peizer and Rachel Romansky, Catrina Warren of Iona, Siena’s Taylor Akana, and a trio of Marist players—Audra Brady, Mackenzie Stephens and Brooke Zwyick. Stephens was selected MAAC Player of the Year and Brady took home MAAC Libero of the Year honors, while Romansky was named MAAC Setter of the Year for the third straight season. The MAAC Coach of the Year was Marist’s Tom Hanna.
In addition, Sarah Haselhorst (Naperville, Ill.) and Katelyn Nugent (Auburn, Wash.) were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. To be selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their institution and boast a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.The Jaspers (20-12), who went 13-5 in conference play, qualified for a four-team MAAC Tournament for the first time since 2003, and will take on top-seeded Fairfield (17-12), the defending champions, in the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday.