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Hanson Named Atlantic East Co-Player of the Year, Saints Land Five On First-Ever All-Conference Teams

Hanson Named Atlantic East Co-Player of the Year, Saints Land Five On First-Ever All-Conference Teams

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Atlantic East Conference announced the first-ever Women's Volleyball All-Conference teams along with major awards on Wednesday afternoon, and five Saints earned honors headlined by senior hitter Caroline Hanson as Co-Player of the Year. 

Hanson, who was named the Atlantic East tournament most valuable player, averaged 3.70 kills per set to this point in the season, totaling 322 kills through 87 sets, good enough to rank third in the league. She also ranks second in service aces per set with 0.62, totaling 54 for the year. She is also ranked in the top seven in blocks with 48, for 0.55 per set. She is a key cog to the Saints having one of the most successful seasons in program history, winning their first-ever conference title in a 3-1 victory over Cabrini and making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. In the title match in Radnor, Pennsylvania, she totaled 20 kills and a career-high 24 digs, to go along with four blocks, two assists and a service ace.  

Also a first-team member for the second-straight season, Hanson is joined by sophomores Myah Cordrey and Maggie Viniard

Cordrey is earning her first postseason award, as she currently leads the Atlantic East and sits 12th in the country in hitting percentage with a .379 as a middle hitter. She has played in 29 matches this season, registering 204 kills at 2.32 per set, while adding 61 blocks, 61 digs and 26 service aces. 

Viniard has been the distributor on offense as the setter, helping the Saints sit 12th in the country in hitting percentage with a .247. She has dished out 10.38 assists per set to rank 24th in the country and atop the league, while sending out a total of 1,028 helpers so far this season. 

On the second team, senior Emily Abramaitys and junior Theresa Buscemi made appearances for the first time in their careers. Abramaitys, an outside hitter who was sidelined two seasons ago from back surgery, has played in all 30 matches for the Saints, starting in 22. She has contributed 268 kills on a .263 hitting percentage, while diving out for 119 digs. She added 26 service aces and 28 blocks. 

Buscemi, a libero, has played in 29 matches this season and leads the team in digs with 358 at 3.81 per set. She also has collected 29 service aces and 63 assists. As just a junior, she has already eclipsed the 1,000-dig mark in her career, sitting with 1,302 at this point through 94 matches. 

The five honorees along with the rest of the Saints won the program's first conference title this past weekend, defeating top-seeded Cabrini University, 3-1, to be deemed the Atlantic East Conference tournament champion. 

They now head into the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, traveling to Juniata College to face former Capital Athletic Conference-rival University of Mary Washington in the regional quarterfinals. Start time is set for 5:30 p.m., on Friday, November 9.


2018 Atlantic East Women's Volleyball First-Team All-Conference

Position Name School
Hitter Caroline Hanson Marymount University
Hitter Steph Judkins Cabrini University
Hitter Melanie Malseed Neumann University
Hitter Rachael Hoffman Neumann University
Hitter Myah Cordrey Marymount University
Setter Maggie Viniard Marymount University
Libero/DS Ashley Shannon Cabrini University


2018 Atlantic East Women's Volleyball Second-Team All-Conference

Position Name School
Hitter Hannah Dalton Cabrini University
Hitter Katrina Shelly Cabrini University
Hitter Emily Abramaitys Marymount University
Hitter Emily Shannon Cabrini University
Hitter Regan Healey Wesley College
Hitter Mikayla Attwood Marywood University
Setter Rachel Cray Neumann University
Libero/DS Theresa Buscemi Marymount University