WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Six-foot freshman middle hitter Anna Barry (Andover) of Eastern Connecticut State University has been named as one of seven players to the 2018 NEWVA (New England Women’s Volleyball Association) All-Rookie Team, released today.
Barry is currently ranked first in New England and in the Little East Conference and fourth nationally among freshmen in attack percentage. (.369) and 17th overall in Division III in that category. During the regular season, she was named Little East Rookie-of-the-Week five times and LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week once.
Named the Most Outstanding Player in this past weekend’s LEC tournament, Barry was the only player named to the All-Rookie Team from either a public institution or from the Little East. She is a favorite to be named as the Little East Rookie-of-the-Year when that team is announced Tuesday.
In addition to leading the LEC in attack percentage (by .61 percentage points), Barry is ranked fifth in points (312.5) and in kills (286), sixth in kills per set (2.86), tied for ninth in points per set (3.1), and tied for ninth in blocks (42).
Sixteen times, she has recorded ten or more kills (six times in succession) and 13 times has attacked at .400 or better (eight matches in succession).
In seven sets in the LEC tournament this past weekend, Barry attacked at .533 and shared the team lead in kills (28) when the top-seeded Warriors defeated Rhode Island College and Keene State College to claim their first Little East Conference tournament championship in 11 years. Barry had 14 kills without an error for a .737 attack percentage against RIC in the tournament semifinals Friday and matched her kill total with a .385 attack percentage in the title game against Keene State as Eastern ended UMass Boston’s run of three straight tournament titles.
Eastern (23-6) opens in its 17th NCAA Division III tournament Friday at 8 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University.