Hawks’ stand­out nets two ac­co­lades

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

SUNY New Paltz’s Mor­gan Roessler net­ted a na­tional recog­ni­tion, while be­ing named State Univer­sity of New York Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Player of the Year to lead a quar­tet of Hawks hon­ored by the con­fer­ence.

Roessler, a se­nior out­side hit­ter from Massapequa, earned All-North­east Re­gion hon­ors from the Amer­i­can Vol­ley­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion. She is el­i­gi­ble for All-Amer­ica hon­ors, where she will at least net hon­or­able men­tion ac­co­lades.

In help­ing New Paltz to a 1914 over­all sea­son and a fourth straight berth in the SUNYAC cham­pi­onships, Roessler be­came the sev­enth Hawk to be named Player of the Year. She led the team and con­fer­ence in kills per set (3.68) and was the Hawks’ leader in at­tack per­cent­age (.286) and blocks per set (.87). She be­came the ninth New Paltz player with 1,000 ca­reer kills, fin­ish­ing with 1,266 — fifth most all-time.

Roessler is a four-time SUN-

YAC All-Star, as she was named to the first team this sea­son and last, and the sec­ond team in 2014 and ’13. She is the third Hawk to be named con­fer­ence

Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in their ca­reer. Rhinebeck High grad­u­ate Becca Borquist and Katie Be­cof­sky were the other team.

Veron­ica Mat­edero, mean­while, was named SUNYAC De­fen­sive Player of the Year and sec­ond team

se­lec­tion for the Hawks. A ju­nior libero from Haup­pauge, Mat­edero be­came the pro­gram’s first to win de­fen­sive player ac­co­lades by lead­ing the Hawks in digs per set (4.40), fourth in the con­fer­ence.

She had a ca­reer high 30 digs in New Paltz’s loss to Brock­port in the SUNYAC

fi­nal.

Mad­die Zwickl net­ted her sec­ond straight sec­ond team SUNYAC ac­co­lade. Zwickl, a ju­nior set­ter from Ch­ester, was Rookie of the Year and third team se­lec­tion in 2014. She led the Hawks with 10.54 as­sists a set, sec­ond most in the con­fer­ence and 10th best in

NCAA Di­vi­sion III.

She be­came the fifth player in pro­gram his­tory to break the 3,000-as­sist plateau last month. Zwickl has 3,591 ca­reer as­sists thus far — third most all­time for the Hawks.

Anna Paulik, mean­while, was se­lected to the third team in the con­fer­ence.

The se­nior out­side hit­ter from Wan­tagh earned her first SUNYAC ac­co­lade by fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the teams in kills (2.83) and digs (3.48) per set. She has 1,356 ca­reer digs, eighth most all-time, sur­pass­ing the 1,000-dig mile­stone ear­lier this sea­son.

PRO­VIDED PHOTOS

SUNY New Paltz se­nior Mor­gan Roessler was named to the All-North­east Re­gion team and SUNYAC Player of the Year.

SUNY New Paltz ju­nior Veron­ica Mat­edero was named SUNYAC De­fen­sive Player of the Year.

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