LANCASTER, Pa. - Hours after earning a spot on the Centennial Conference's First Team, Nicole Morano earned a second honor on Thursday. The Diplomats' junior was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Mid-Atlantic Region First Team.
The AVCA all-region honor is the first of Morano's career, while the First Team honors assure her All-America consideration. Morano is the first Diplomat to attain all-region status since Margot Phelan in 2006. Phelan went on to become F&M's first All-American in volleyball.
"Nicole never played club ball and probably had the least amount of volleyball experience on the roster coming into college," said Head Coach, Mary Kate Boland. "She has put the time and work in to improve her game, and this award is a tribute to her superior work ethic."
Morano finished the season first in the conference in hitting percentage recording kills on .396 of her 548 attacks. That mark ranks tenth in NCAA Division III. She posted 274 kills on the season, rolling up 3.01 per game. Morano was second in the Centennial Conference in blocks per game, rejecting .86 kills per set. She posted 78 blocks on the season, including 26 solo blocks.
F&M closed the season with a record of 23-6, the most victorious season under head coach, Mary Kate Boland. The Diplomats posted 19 sweeps on the year, at one point reeling off 27-consecutive games.