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Megan Houff Takes Home Player of the Year Honors; Coach Thomas Named Coach of the Year

Four Volleyball student-athletes were named to the 2012 Region XV All-Region Team, which was recently announced to the schools. Meghan Houff was named the Player of the Year while Lauren Curley grabbed a spot on the second team. Rachel Carey landed on the second team and Sarah Grochowski rounded out the FIT All-Region representatives on the honorable mention team. Also announced was the first-year coach Carrie Thomas took home Coach of the Year honors.



Megan Hough was named Player of the Year. Megan is a freshman Middle Blocker from Longmeadow, MA. Megan has led the team and the region in hitting %, kills/ set, and blocks/ set. she finished the regular season with 236 kills, 47 ace serves, 51.5 blocks and 108 defensive digs. "Megan has been such an asset to the FIT volleyball program. She has true heart, desire and a love for the game of volleyball. there is never enough for Megan. she is constantly striving to better herself. It has been a pleasure and an honor to coach her this year. She is also a leader on the court. She will never take all of the credit for a great play. She is constantly complimenting and encouraging all of her teammates. She was the definite best choice for Player of the Year by a landslide.:
Lauren Curley was named the second player on the First Team all Region Team. This is the first time a team has had players place #1 and #2 on the team. And both of these players are most deserving of the honors. Lauren is our sophomore setter this year. She is the piece that holds our team together. Without her we wouldn't have the chemistry that we do. Lauren is the quarterback of our offense and leader on the floor. She sets up our offense with her sly reverses and really mixes it up with our hitters and distributes the ball so deceptively. She also is the Reion leader in ace serves/set and also was #3 in the nation."Lauren is one of the smartest athletes I have coached. she expects the best from herself all of the time so pushes herself to the farthest limit and beyond. You can't ask for much more than that in an athlete. She has the ability to refocus our team when times are tough and pick them up and get them back on track. She will turn a good hitter into a great hitter." Lo finished the season with 505 set assists, 73 ace serves, 20 kills and 135 defensive digs. "We are definitely going to miss her next year. She has been our rock." Lauren was also named to the All Region Sportsmanship Team. "This award has her name written all over it. She is the spirit and heart of our team."
Rachel Carey bounced back from adevastating back injury early in the season. Through doctor's appts and rehab she was able to still muscle through the season and round out the top of our explosive line up, only missing one game. She was our 2nd go-to person when we need the definite kill. "Rachel is such a smart player. she can place the ball wherever we tell her to which allows her to get around the block. She also has the muscle to power right through the block as well. Rachel has also been one of our primary passers. Rachel is a player that plays with so much finesse. She has the hands of a setter and the platform of a dish which helps with her all around passing, especially in our receive. She was a huge surprise asset to our team this year." Rachel finished the season with 128 kills, 29 ace serves, and 125 defensive digs.
Sarah Grochowski is our sophomore libero. She has been the base of our defense this year with her speed, art of passing and sense on the court. Sarah can turn a good play into a great save!! She is an excellent communicator on the floor which is the most important trait to have in the sport of volleyball. She never hesitates and takes charge. "Without Sarah in our back court this year we would have had many missed plays. she can run down a near impoosible ball and make it playable. She plays five and half out of six rotations and never shows one ounce of exhaustion.She goes all out for every ball, refusing to let it hit the floor." Sarah led the team in defensive digs with 311. "We could also rely on Sarah to attack the ball in the back court.She has a nice powerful hit that can turn a misguided ball into a kill."
Carrie Thomas--1st year coach Fashion Institute of Technology


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