Volleyball Dominates NESCAC Postseason Awards

Caroline Flaharty, Lisa Sheldon and Kate Kiser were all named First Team All-NESCAC selections on Wednesday
Caroline Flaharty, Lisa Sheldon and Kate Kiser were all named First Team All-NESCAC selections on Wednesday

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College volleyball team cleaned up in postseason awards handed out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Wednesday.

The Polar Bears claimed three major awards, with junior Caroline Flaharty (Fort Myers, Fla.) being named NESCAC Player of the Year, senior Lisa Sheldon (Venice, Calif.) being named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Erin Cady collecting NESCAC Coach of the Year recognition.

In addition, Flaharty and Sheldon collected First Team All-NESCAC honors along with sophomore Kate Kiser (Ingleside, Ill.). Sophomore Ashley Williams (Lake Forest, Ill.) was named as a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.

Caroline Flaharty is the third Bowdoin volleyball player to be named NESCAC Player of the Year, joining Kristin Hanczor in 2011 and Christy Jewett in 2015 and earned First Team honors for the second straight season. Flaharty was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016 and an All-NESCAC Second Team selection the same season. She ranks fourth in the NESCAC in kills, averaging 3.35 per set. She is hitting .275 for the NCAA-bound Polar Bears, while averaging 3.01 digs per set.

Lisa Sheldon was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team for the first time after garnering a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team last year. Sheldon, a senior, is the third Polar Bear to be named Defensive Player of the Year, joining Taylor Vail (2013) and Katie Doherty (2014, 2015, 2016). Sheldon ranks second in the NESCAC in digs per set (5.68) and helped the Polar Bears claim the NESCAC title, surpassing 1,500 career digs during championship weekend.

This season marks the first time since 2015 that players from the same team have earned the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bowdoin's Christy Jewett and Katie Doherty are the last teammates to achieve the feat.

Sophomore Kate Kiser, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and an All-NESCAC Second Team selection last year, is the third Bowdoin player on the First Team in 2018. She ranks second in the league in assists per set (10.16) and is tied for the team lead in service aces (29).

Ashley Williams earned her first postseason honor following a sensational sophomore campaign that saw her rack up 276 kills (2.91/set) to stand second on the squad while hitting at a .296 rate.

Bowdoin head coach Erin Cady was selected by her peers as the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Cady led the Polar Bears to their second NESCAC title since her arrival in 2015 and third overall. Cady earns the honor for the first time in her career and is the second Bowdoin head coach to garner the award, joining Karen Corey (2011). Bowdoin is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history and the second time in four years under Cady. The Polar Bears enter the tournament with a record of 27-1.