|Malia McGuinness Named Second Team All-MAAC|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College freshman outside hitter Malia McGuinness (Kailua, Hawaii) was named Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) by the conference's 10 head coaches, it was announced on Friday. In addition, McGuinness and freshman setter Hollegn Henderson (Long Beach, Calif.) were selected to the inaugural MAAC All-Rookie Team.
McGuinness led all MAAC freshmen and finished fifth in the league with a team-high 3.40 kills per set. She also ranked sixth in the MAAC in points, averaging 3.69 per set. McGuinness placed third on the squad with 291 digs (2.53 per set) while starting all 31 matches. She earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors twice this season, taking home the award on Oct. 3 and again on Oct. 24.
Henderson also started every match and played in all 115 sets. She distributed 1,141 assists, and finished third in the MAAC with an average of 9.92 per set. Henderson also notched 235 digs (2.04 per set) and 31 blocks (0.27 per set). She was the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 26.
Joining them on the MAAC All-Rookie Team were Fairfield's Caitilin Stapleton, the MAAC Rookie of the Year, Catrina Warren of Iona, Marist's Marisa Gilbert and Siena's Jacqueline Skeen. The rest of the All-MAAC Second Team consisted of Stapleton, Warren Niagara's Ellen Senf, Danielle Brawn and Samantha Good of Canisius, Fairfield's Brianna Dixion and Rachel Romansky and Iona's Alicja Pawelec. The All-MAAC First Team included Niagara's Hannah Hedrick, Sam Morgan and Kari Honomichl, as well as Fairfield's Kendal Dirkin, Marist's Joanna Foss and Siena's Taylor Akana.
Winning the other individual awards were Akana (Offensive Player of the Year), Morgan (Libero of the Year), Romansky (Setter of the Year) and Hedrick, who shared Defensive Player of the Year honors with Siena's Lesli Akeo. The Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year was Fairfield's Alija Pittenger.
In addition, the MAAC All-Academic Team was announced on Friday. Juniors Julie Bies (Massapequa, N.Y.), Jamie Collareta (Islip Terrace, N.Y.), Maddie Heck (Corte Madera, Calif.), Kelsey Huntoon (Monroe, Mich.) and Alexa Lampasona (Remsenburg, N.Y.), and senior LaKell Havens (St. George, Utah) were recognized for their work in the classroom. In order to be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.
The Jaspers finished with a 16-15 record in 2011, including a 9-9 mark in MAAC play.