Danbury, Conn. - December 1, 2016 - Springfield College's Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) 2016 Division III New England Women's Volleyball All-Star Team.
In addition to the all-star recognition, Holt was selected as the ECAC Division III New England Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year. It was the fourth-time this season she has garnered player of the year accolades, as she was previously named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, as well as the NEWVA Player of the Year.
In her senior season, Holt was dominant on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Pride as Springfield earned its seventh-straight trip to the NCAA Championship. The Athletic Training major registered 347 kills at a sensational .359 clip, which ranks in the top 25 nationally. For the second-consecutive season, Holt recorded the most blocks of any women's volleyball student-athlete at the NCAA Division III level with 193. A two-time first team and two-time honorable mention All-America selection, Holt's 1.60 blocks per set was the best at the NCAA Division III level this season.
As the Pride's libero this season, Sanchez produced 646 digs, averaging 5.30 per set, with her total digs ranking in the top 30 nationally. The Criminal Justice major is one of only three Springfield College student-athletes to eclipse the 600 dig total for a single season in program history, and finished the season ranked fourth on the program's all-time single season mark. She previously was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, the AVCA New England Co-Rookie of the Year, and garnered NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors.