From a NESCAC Release
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior outside hitter Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) has been named the 2007 NESCAC Player of the Year, as determined by the conference coaches. DeMais helped the Lord Jeffs finish first in the NESCAC standings this season with a 9-1 conference record along with an appearance in the final match of the NESCAC Volleyball Championship for the second-straight year. She is the first player from Amherst to earn the league's top honor this decade.
DeMais, who also earned NESCAC All-Conference First Team recognition for the second year in a row, ranks second among all NESCAC players in both hitting percentage and kills, as she has hit at a .291 clip while averaging 4.89 kills per game during her final season with the Jeffs. The senior tri-captain has also contributed 3.92 digs per game, the second highest average on her team and the 13th highest in the conference.
Heller led the NESCAC in total assists for the second straight year, as she has racked up 1,170 thus far for an average of 11.47 assists per game, marking the highest average in the conference. Heller did much more than just set up the Amherst attack, as she finished fourth on her team in digs per game (2.38) and blocks (54), adding 43 service aces for the second highest total on the Jeffs.Also representing Amherst on the All-Conference teams are senior outside hitter Whitney Kouvaris (Jacksonville, FL) and junior setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA). Also a tri-captain, Kouvaris ranked fifth in the NESCAC in both kills per game (3.36) and hitting percentage (.274), adding 33 blocks in 101 games this season.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Thursday, Nov. 8 for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Amherst will kick things off with a rematch against Rivier College, as the Jeffs defeated the Raiders in their first match of 2007, 3-1.The combination of DeMais, Kouvaris and Heller helped the Jeffs accumulate the conference's highest hitting percentage, as Amherst has hit at an impressive .274 clip thus far.