Nine NESCAC Players Earn AVCA All-America Honors

AVCA All-Americans

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tufts senior Maddie Stewart and Wesleyan junior Phia Bellizzi headline nine NESCAC student-athletes who were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Stewart earned First Team All-America honors, while Bellizzi was a Second Team selection.


Stewart, the NESCAC Player of the Year, is the first player in program history to earn First Team All-America honors. She posted a .366 hitting percentage and finished the season with 284 kills (2.73 per set). She also registered 68 blocks (0.65 avg.) in 104 sets for the Jumbos. Stewart led Tufts to its second NESCAC Championship in program history and first since 1996, providing the championship-clinching kill in a 3-2 victory over Bowdoin.

Bellizzi, the 2019 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, earns her second All-America citation after being named to the Third Team last season. She is the only player in program history to garner multiple AVCA All-American honors. Bellizzi finished the 2019 campaign as the conference leader in digs with an average of 6.02 per set and a total of 524. She helped the Cardinals earn the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Tournament and reach the semifinals. Wesleyan also made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Six other players from the NESCAC were selected to the Honorable Mention Team, they were: Brigid Bell (Tufts), Cate Desler (Tufts), Caroline Flaharty (Bowdoin), Nicole Hilton (Wesleyan), Emily Kolsky (Amherst), Christina Nwankpa (Tufts), and Giuliana Rankin (Hamilton).