PSU Volleyball players receive All-Granite State honors

November 27th, 2007 by Adam

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four New Hampshire NCAA Division III institutions were represented on the 2007 All-Granite State NCAA Division III Volleyball Team. In addition to the All-Granite State Team, five major individual award winners were also selected.

            Keene State College junior Brittany O’Bryant was named All-Granite State Player of the Year, Colby-Sawyer College freshman Michelle Doody was named All-Granite State Rookie of the Year, Rivier College senior Lindsay Marshall was named All-Granite State Libero of the Year, Plymouth State University senior Kirsten Willoughby (Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth Regional) was named All-Granite State Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and Rivier College coach Craig Kolek was named All-Granite State Coach of the Year.

            Voting for the All-Granite State team and each of the major awards was conducted among the New Hampshire DIII volleyball head coaches.

            Joining O’Bryant, Doody and Marshall on the First Team were sophomore Eliza Badeau (Plymouth State), senior Kori Chace (Rivier), and junior Taylor Forsberg (Colby-Sawyer).

            Second team selections included junior Nicole Hersey (Rivier), sophomore Genny Moore (Colby-Sawyer), sophomore Carly Newton (Keene), junior Kristen Romanko (Colby-Sawyer), Jordan Pokryfki (Keene) and Kelly Yankowski (Keene).

        Willoughby, a senior psychology major with an emphasis in mental health, has enjoyed an excellent career both in and out of the classroom.  On the court, the opposite had 183 kills on the season for a 1.65 kills per game average and also tallied 43 blocks on the season while helping Plymouth State to an ECAC bid and a 20-12 record.  Willoughby, who will be completing her degree this spring, is also minoring in health and child welfare & family studies.


OH – Eliza Badeau, Plymouth State, Sophomore
OH – Michelle Doody, Colby-Sawyer, Freshman
OPP – Kori Chace, Rivier, Senior
L/DS – Taylor Forsberg, Colby-Sawyer, Junior
L/DS – Lindsay Marshall, Rivier, Senior
MB – Brittany O’Bryant, Keene State, Junior

OH – Nicole Hersey, Rivier, Junior
S – Genny Moore, Colby-Sawyer, Sophomore
MB/OH – Carly Newton, Keene State, Sophomore
MB – Kristen Romanko, Colby-Sawyer, Junior
S – Jordan Pokryfki, Keene State, Sophomore
OH – Kelly Yankowski, Keene State, Senior

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Brittany O’Bryant, Keene State
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Michelle Doody, Colby-Sawyer
LIBERO OF THE YEAR – Lindsay Marshall, Rivier
SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Kirsten Willoughby, Plymouth State
COACH OF THE YEAR – Craig Kolek, Rivier

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