Volleyball All-Conference Selections: Adams, Perez, Melampy, Robinson, John



In a Maine Maritime Academy sweep of three North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Volleyball major awards, junior Sydney Adams is the Player of the Year, classmate Maria Perez is the Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman Rachel Melampy is the Rookie of the Year. Senior Peyton Robinson of SUNY Canton was honored as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Northern Vermont University-Johnson head coach Keven John was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year, and six student athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.

Volleyball head coaches vote for All-Conference awards. Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) also participate in the vote for the senior scholar athlete of the year.



Maine Maritime Academy junior Sydney Adams is the 2018 NAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year. Adams was selected as the NAC Player of the Week four weeks in a row (October 7, 14, 21, 28) for her play on the court. She led the top offense in the NAC to a 20-win season and an unblemished record in the conference at 5-0. Across 26 matches (83 sets), Adams sent home 92 kills (1.11 k/s), 47 service aces (.57 sa/s), and put up 23 blocks, six of which were solo. She tallied 161 digs (1.94 d/s) and set up teammates with an astounding 734 assists (8.84 a/s) - a league leading number. In the final weekend of conference matches, Adams broke the Maine Maritime program record for assists in a 3-set match with 43, and earlier in the season she surpassed 2,000 assists in her career.


Maine Maritime Academy junior Maria Perez repeats in 2018 to make her a three-time NAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year. Perez recorded career dig 1,000 in the fourth match of her Junior year (September 7). She defends the court with a conference leading 362 digs for an average of 4.47 digs per set, and is the only NAC player to average more than four digs per set over the season. Playing in all 26 matches (81 sets) for the Mariners, Perez racked up four kills, 42 assists, and sent over 34 service aces to add to her versatility. She has been the NAC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season (September 2, 9, 23, October 7) for her protection of the Mariner's court.


Maine Maritime Academy freshman Rachel Melampy dominated the court and earned 2018 NAC Volleyball Rookie of the Year honors. Melampy is an offensive powerhouse, smashing 260 balls for kills (4.64 kills per set) to lead the Mariners and the NAC. She also leads the league in hitting percentage at .344 and was named NAC Rookie of the Week six times this season for her prowess on the court. Battling injury early in the season, Melampy played in 19 matches (56 sets) for the Mariners and collected ten assists, 22 service aces (.39 sa/s), and 169 digs (3.02 d/s). She protected the net with 14 blocks, seven of which were solo. Melampy is credited with a team leading 292.5 points on the season despite missing seven matches. 

SUNY Canton senior Peyton Robinson is the 2018 NAC Women's Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Robinson is a Criminal Investigation major with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She is also a student ambassador for the admissions department, a member of the criminal justice club, and represents the Women's Volleyball team as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Robinson earned the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's award for her impressive academic achievements and has been at the top of her class throughout her career. She is equally impressive on the court, racking up several awards over the past four years including ACAA setter of the year (2017), ACAA & USCAA All-Academic Team, and many weekly awards - most recently the NAC Defensive Player of the Week (September 30). Robinson is fourth in the conference with 230 digs (2.58 digs per set) and second with 8.53 assists per set, dishing out a whopping 759 assists over 25 matches (89 sets). She also collected 43 kills (.48 kills per set), 40 service aces (.45 per set), and had a hand in 15 blocks. Robinson hit at a .353 clip and earned 90.5 points for the Roos this year.


Northern Vermont-Johnson head coach Keven John collects his first NAC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year honor in his first season with the Badgers. No stranger to success, John was recognized by his peers as Coach of the Year at his prior post, DII Western State Colorado University, in 2015. John inherited a program at NVU-Johnson that went 0-20 in 2017 and never won more than 5 matches in a season. The Badgers collected 10 wins in 2018 for a ten-fold improvement. First Team All-Conference player Nikola Knapova led the NAC with 1.01 service aces per set and is in the top 2 for kills and kills per set. The Badgers are third in hitting percentage (.107), assists (530), assists per set (7.79); second in service aces (255); and first in service aces per set (3.75).


Fourteen players are honored with All-Conference selections, seven each on the first and second teams.

Joining Melampy, Adams, Perez and Robinson on the First Team All-Conference are Nikola Knapova, NVU-Johnson and Melissa McMaster, SUNY Canton.

Second team honorees include Miranda Washinawatok, Devine Hoskie, and Maddie Thweatt of UMaine-Presque Isle, Hanna Hembrow & Adrienne Beatty of Husson, and Marissa Ixtlahuac & Jenna Roat of SUNY Canton.

The NAC Women's Volleyball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the volleyball culture and environment, and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity.


2018 NAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference      
Rachel Melampy Freshman Duxbury, Massachusetts Maine Maritime
Nikola Knapova Junior Presov, Slovakia NVU-Johnson
Melissa McMaster Junior Pittsford, New York SUNY Canton
Alexa Cacacie Junior Manahawkin, New Jersey Maine Maritime
Sydney Adams Junior Trumbull, Connecticut Maine Maritime
Maria Perez Junior San Juan, Puerto Rico Maine Maritime
Peyton Robinson Senior Bloomfield, New York SUNY Canton
Second Team All-Conference      
Miranda Washinawatok Sophomore Shawano, Wisconsin UMPI
Devine Hoskie Junior Shonto, Arizona UMPI
Hanna Hembrow Junior Milford, New Hampshire Husson
Marissa Ixtlahuac Junior Carthage, New York SUNY Canton
Jenna Roat Junior Penfield, New York SUNY Canton
Maddie Thweatt Sophomore Middleton, Idaho UMPI
Adrienne Beatty Freshman Rochester, New Hampshire Husson
Player of the Year      
Sydney Adams Junior Trumbull, Connecticut Maine Maritime
Defensive Player of the Year      
Maria Perez Junior San Juan, Puerto Rico Maine Maritime
Rookie of the Year      
Rachel Melampy Freshman Duxbury, Massachusetts Maine Maritime
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year      
Peyton Robinson Senior Bloomfield, New York SUNY Canton
Coach of the Year      
Keven John     NVU-Johnson
Sportsmanship Team      
Sydney Uthe Sophomore Honeoye Falls, New York SUNY Canton
Kayli Doten Sophomore Calais, Maine Husson University
Julie Van Etten Sophomore Montrose, Pennsylvania Northern Vermont-Johnson
Katherine Benalcazar Freshman Naugatuck, Connecticut Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Maggie MacMahon Junior Boise, Idaho Maine Maritime Academy
Abigail Parks Freshman Caribou, Maine UMaine-Presque Isle


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