Women's Volleyball Sweeps Skyline Honors
Kalvert named Player of the Year; Loupee Rookie of the Year
Clifton Park, NY - The NYU-Poly women's volleyball team was honored for it's outstanding, undefeated season in the Skyline Conference by sweeping the big awards and picking up two First-Team and one Second-Team All Conference nods. The Jays finished 9-0 in the regular season and won the Skyline Championships, defeating Sage Colleges in five sets. They lost to NYU in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament 3-0.
Sophomore middle blocker Victoria Kalvert (Missouri City, TX / Elkins HS) was selected as the Skyline Conference Player of the Year. Kalvert, who earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman last season, ranked in the top-10 in the conference in four statistical categories this season. She ranked second in hitting percentage (.304), third in kills per set (2.75), fifth in blocks per set (0.61), and tenth in service aces per set (0.49). Kalvert was a two-time selection as Skyline Conference Player of the Week this season while helping the Fighting Blue Jays to a program-best 25-9 overall record and a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.
Freshman middle blocker/right side Corey Loupee was selected Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year. Loupee is the third straight NYU-Poly player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, following teammates Victoria Kalvert (2008) and Meredith Shipman (2007). Loupee, who hit .254, ranked third on the team in kills per set (2.16), led the team and ranked third in the conference in service aces per set (0.66), and ranked second on the team in blocks per set (0.41). She earned Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week honors on three occasions this season.
Junior outside hitter Meredith Shipman was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the Skyline Conference women’s volleyball tournament as she led the Fighting Blue Jays to their first Skyline title and first NCAA Tournament bid in any sport. Shipman averaged 4.88 kills per set while hitting .473 (39-4-74) in the two matches. In the championship against Sage, she had 25 kills and just three errors. Her biggest kills came in the deciding fifth set with the NYU-Poly trailing 14-11 and facing three match points. The Fighting Blue Jays scored three straight points and six of the next seven to rally for the conference championship. Shipman was also selected to the First-Team All Conference.
Freshmen setter Nicole Breitbart (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood HS) was named to 2nd Team All-Conference. She was fourth in the conference with 695 total assists