Nov. 16, 2012
Siena College's senior Lesli Akeo was chosen as the 2012 MAAC Libero of the Year at the annual conference banquet. It was the second straight year that Akeo has picked up a major award.
Akeo ranks fifth nationally with 6.07 digs per set and led the MAAC with 6.47 digs per set in conference matches. The program's leader in digs, became just the fifth player in MAAC history to record 2,000 digs, achieving the milestone against Loyola.
The native of Kapolei, Hawaii was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and was named Libero of the Week twice this season on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22.
Akeo was also named to the All-MAAC First team joining teammate and fellow Hawaii native Taylor Akana who was named to the team for the second straight season.
After a solid senior season, Colleen Ahearn was named to the All-MAAC Second Team for the first time in her career. The middle hitter comes into the tournament third on the team in kills with 2.55 per set, and checks in second on the squad in total blocks with 72.
Redshirt freshman Meghann Wright got a spot on the All-Rookie team. The right side hitter was fifth on the team with 1.39 kills per set and fourth on the squad averaging 1.69 digs.
Three Saints were named to the MAAC All-Academic team with Akana, Akeo, and Rachel Stoklosa picking up the nod.
Kari Honomichl, who led the MAAC in kills, became the first Niagara player to take home the MAAC Player of the Year Award. Fairfield's Rachel Romansky won the Setter of the Year while Fairfield coach Alija Pittenger collected the Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year Award. Manhattan's Sydney Volovski was named the conference Rookie of the Year.
The Saint's quest for a ninth MAAC Championship begins tomorrow, as they take on third seeded Canisius in the second semi-final. Fans can watch the action live on MAAC.tv starting at 4:00 p.m.