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Gallaudet's Karita Lewis lands on All-NEAC women's volleyball first team

Gallaudet women's volleyball player Karita Lewis prepares to make a serve in a game. A NEAC logo is in the upper right corner.

LATHAM, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2019 Women's Volleyball All-Conference selections and Gallaudet University junior outside hitter Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md.) was named to the first team.

This is Lewis' second straight appearance on the All-NEAC team after being selected to the second team in 2018. Lewis, who was named NEAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week (Sept. 30), is ranked 15th in NCAA Division III in total attacks (1,267), 20th in kills (421), 50th in service aces (58), 80th in points per set (4.0), 91st in attacks per set (10.14) and 105th in kills per set (3.37). Lewis ranks first in the NEAC for matches (35) and total attacks (1,267), second in service aces (58), third in points (500.5), sets (125), fourth in kills (421), points per set (4.0) and fifth for kills per set (3.37). She finished the 2019 season with a career best 421 kills, 367 digs and 58 service aces. Lewis added 35 blocks (eight solo) to give her 127 total in her three-year career. In three seasons, Lewis has tallied 887 kills, 807 digs, 127 blocks, 105 aces and 48 assists.

Morrisville State senior outside hitter Megyan Merrill was named the NEAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year for a second straight year. Penn St.-Harrisburg senior middle blocker Brittany Ebaugh was named 2019 NEAC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year. Penn St.-Abington's Katharine Costello earned 2019 NEAC Rookie of the Year honors. Morrisville State coach Fred Wallace was voted as the NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers, for a second straight year, after directing the Mustangs to a 21-7 overall regular-season record, 11-0 mark in conference play and the No. 1 seed in the NEAC tournament.

Each team can only nominate five players to be considered for all-conference recognition. Since Gallaudet has been in the NEAC, starting with the 2010 season, 32 Bison have earned all-conference honors. GU has earned 20 first-team, nine second-team selections, three third-team selections, five Player of the Year awards, three Rookie of the Year awards, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Coach of the Year award.

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2019 Gallaudet University Women's Volleyball All-NEAC Honoree

Karita Lewis headshot
Karita Lewis
All-NEAC First Team

Note: Statistics, rankings through Nov. 5