MEDFORD – Three members of the Tufts University women's volleyball team received AVCA Division III All-American and All-Northeast Region awards for their performance this season.
Senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens received All-American honorable mention honors as well as All-Northeast Region team recognition. Senior McKenzie Humann earned an AVCA All-Region honorable nention. Thompson claimed Northeast Region Coach of the Year, as the AVCA announced these post-season awards recently.
The Jumbos (27-3) are still playing in the post-season in the NCAA Quarterfinals at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Thursday (Nov. 17) at 6:30 pm Eastern time against Southwestern University (Texas).
This season, Ahrens has recorded 1.95 kills per set with a strong .323 hitting percentage. She is a big contributor to the team defense with her 0.76 blocks per set average. Ahrens was an All-NESCAC first team selection earlier this month.
Humann has put up 1.84 kills per set this season while having a hitting percentage at .311. She leads the team with total blocks at 111 blocks that averages out to 1.06 blocks per set.
Coach Thompson, in her 14th season as the head coach of the Jumbos, add this Regional honor to her five-time NESCAC Coach of the Year accolades. She directed Tufts to its seventh NCAA Tournament berth this fall after the team posted an undefeated NESCAC record of 10-0. As the #1 seed in the league, Tufts hosted the NESCAC Championship Tournament.
The Jumbos won the 2016 NCAA Regional title with victories over Maine Maritime (3-0), UMass-Boston (3-1) and Springfield (3-1). The wins over the Beacons and Pride were revenge for regular-season losses against those teams.
Tufts has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2009 and will look to post the program's first-ever victory at the NCAA Finals site tonight. Tufts lost in four sets to Hope College at the NCAA Quarterfinals back in 2009.