Boston, Mass. - October 11, 2016 - Springfield College's Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) were recognized for their outstanding play last week by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Sanchez was tabbed the NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week for the second time this season, while Holt was named the NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week.
Last week, the Pride went 5-0 as it won the 2016 Tom Hay Invitational. As they pushed their win streak to nine matches, Springfield's week included wins over regionally-ranked Clark and Amherst to improve to 16-3, 6-1 in conference play.
Sanchez was sensational to lead a Springfield defensive effort that limited their opponents to a .085 hitting percentage en route to five wins last week. In 14 sets played, the first year registered 84 digs for a remarkable 6.0 average per set to go along with 8 aces and 11 assists as she was named the MVP of the Tom Hay Invitational. After a 17-dig performance in a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship Semifinal versus Clark on Tuesday in which the Cougars hit .089, Sanchez turned in 19 digs and a career-best three aces versus Westfield, holding the Owls to a .012 hitting percentage, and 16 digs against Endicott on Fridayevening. In a showdown with regionally-ranked Amherst on Saturday, Sanchez was dominant with 30 digs in four sets to power the Pride to a critical win as it limited Amherst to a .115 hitting clip.
Holt continued to produce for Springfield in the middle in impressive fashion as she totaled 52 kills in 15 sets, averaging 3.47 kills at an impressive .427 clip. She also was dominant defensively, registering 25 blocks, averaging 1.67 per set. In the three-set sweep of regionally-ranked Clark in the team's first meeting since the 2015 NEWMAC Semifinals, Holt delivered 14 kills, hitting .467, to go along with seven blocks before she went for 10 kills at a .500 clip and three blocks against Westfield State and 11 kills and seven blocks versus Endicott. On Saturday, she tallied seven kills and three blocks against Bard before notching 14 kills, hitting .464, and seven blocks in a key in-region victory versus Amherst, who was ranked sixth in New England last week.